If you feel a shiver each time you open your utility bill, your house may be too cold. Although, it’s more likely that you’re paying more than you should to heat it. But hefty utility bills aren’t the only answer to keeping cosy this winter! We’ve rounded up our top 4 tips to keep your house warm this winter without breaking the bank.
1. Switch off that geyser
We’ve all heard this one before, but geysers account for a quarter of electricity consumption in most households. A great way to reduce energy consumption, but still enjoy your hot shower, is to create a hot water schedule and stick to it so that you can switch your geyser off when it doesn’t need to be used.
2. Keep the heat in
Most of us have some form of a heater that we stash away until the temperature drops, but do you use yours as effectively as you could? By closing windows and doors when your heater is switched on in a particular room, you make sure that the heat gets locked in rather than dissipating out the door. Curtains are particularly useful here.
3. Use the right appliances
There are so many heating appliances to choose from these days, and one of the most effective ways to save on cost is to know which are most effective.
- Infrared heaters are more efficient than other space heating systems, interestingly enough, and they can be used in smaller or bigger spaces as they actually heat the people in the room and not the space itself.
- Oil-filled heaters are not only some of the safest, but work well as all of their energy is directly converted to heat. In addition to this, oil heaters have a low setting option to save your electricity spend but still provide that consistent warmth.
- Electric blankets exist for those who hate nothing more than getting into a cold bed. Drift off to dreamland quickly by switching your electric blanket on for a couple of minutes before bed and then switch it off once you’re in.
4. Understand electricity tariffs
Prepaid electricity rates in South Africa have been a bone of contention for a while. Deciphering the South African power distribution billing system and the variations in prices in different parts of the country has caused so much confusion. However, not understanding the system is not something to be ashamed of. This article breaks the details into bits and clears all doubts about prepaid electricity rates in South Africa.
Winter is a lot more cosy and enjoyable when you’re not worried about spending half your salary on electricity! Pop into Tafelberg Furnishers on Somerset Road in Green Point to browse their extensive selection of budget and eco-friendly appliances.