How Much Money Does Turning Off the Lights Really Save?

How Much Money Does Turning Off the Lights Really Save?

When I was young, my parents were adamant about turning off lights and were often rather upset with me if we’d leave on a two or three day trip and my bedroom light remained on. Even now, my wife and I traditionally go through the house and turn off lights, even if we’re just leaving for a couple hours.

Is this tactic worth the time invested in it? Let’s dig in and crunch the numbers, bu...

Practical Lighting steps to being energy efficient at home in Cape Town

Practical Lighting steps to being energy efficient at home in Cape Town

There are many things that you can do that won't cost you anything to save energy at home today! In fact, saving energy can save you money as you’ll spend less on your electricity bill each month. Saving energy is also important as producing electricity in South Africa is damaging to the environment due to increased carbon emissions.

Check your monthly electricity statements regularly an...

Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audits

Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audits

While a professional home energy audit is the best way to determine where your home is losing energy and where you can save, you can conduct your own simple but diligent walk-through and spot many problems in any type of house. This "do-it-yourself" home energy audit will not be as thorough as a professional home energy assessment, but it can help you pinpoint some of the easier areas to addres...

All about electric heat pumps

All about electric heat pumps

Whether you are buying a new home or considering changes to your existing home, an electric heat pump may be the best solution for your home heating and cooling needs -- especially in our desert climate.

A heat pump is highly efficient because it doesn't manufacture the heat it distributes. Instead, it finds heat in the outside air and "pumps" or "moves" it into your home in the winter....

Eskom faces risk of coal shortfall

Eskom faces risk of coal shortfall

Johannesburg - South Africa needs to invest as much as 90 billion rand ($9 billion) in new coal mines to supply power plants that are at risk of running short of the fuel as soon as 2015, an industry study found.

While some of the growing demand from power stations can be satisfied by extending current coal projects, “the majority will need to be met from new mines,” the Green House, a C...

Eskom in scramble to head off new power crisis

Eskom in scramble to head off new power crisis

SOUTH Africa’s electricity supply is back on a knife-edge, with demand exceeding supply on most days last week, forcing Eskom into taking extraordinary measures to supply factories and mines and to keep the lights on for consumers.

Among other measures, the ailing power utility now wants to "buy back" another 1,000MW from its big users, as it scrambles to lift capacity ahead of winter....

Two Green Solutions for Saving Your Helderberg Business Money and Energy

Two Green Solutions for Saving Your Helderberg Business Money and Energy

Even if you’re not enthusiastic about the whole “save our planet” business, you’d probably be interested in saving some money. Considering that lighting and air conditioning are two expenses you have complete control over, you might want to begin cutting costs in that department.

Approximately 30 to 50 percent of all your energy consumption goes into lighting. HVAC air conditioning accou...

Eskom urges South Africa to save electricity

Eskom urges South Africa to save electricity

CAPE TOWN - Eskom is once again appealing to South Africans households to use electricity sparingly as winter settles in.

It says people tend to use a lot more power than is needed over this period especially at night.

With the three-day major cold front moving from the Western Cape to Gauteng, there are fears the electricity usage will increase drastically.

Eskom's Hilary...

Practical geyser steps to being energy efficient at home from Cape Town Municipality

Practical geyser steps to being energy efficient at home from Cape Town Municipality

The geyser is the highest consumer of electricity in the home, so it is important to implement some or all of the following measures to appreciate significant energy savings.

  • Set the temperature thermostat of the geyser to the recommended 60oC, as the higher the setting the more energy is consumed.
  • Install a timer that switches the geyser on and off according to the times...
TOP 10 best ways to save electricity from the City of Cape Town Municipality

TOP 10 best ways to save electricity from the City of Cape Town Municipality

Turn geyser temperature down to 60o Celsius

Maintaining the temperature at 60oC uses less electricity (energy) than maintaining a temperature of 70oC. Works best when geyser and pipes are insulated. Don’t drop it below 60oC for health reasons. In most cases, the thermostat is located in the little cover over the electrical element of the geyser. Switch off the electricity circuit at th...

 
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