I think it’s safe to say that winter has finally arrived. We may not be having as much rain as we’d like, but the cold has definitely set in. While we’re all finding ways to save water, with the next electricity tariff hike just around the corner, finding ways of reducing our electricity consumption is of utmost importance.
The vast majority of us have a hungry little energy guzzler hiding away in our roofs, consuming electricity while we’re at home, at work and even sleeping: our geyser. Thankfully this ravenous beast can be tamed, so if you’re interested in finding practical ways of reducing your hot water cylinder electricity usage, continue reading.
1. Insulate your Geyser and hot water pipes
Insulating your geyser is a once-off expense with long term benefits. An uninsulated geyser loses small amounts of heat throughout the day which results in a drop in temperature. Each time the temperature drops to a certain point, the heating element is activated in order to try to maintain a set temperature. These small activations in themselves don’t use a great deal of electricity, but over time, when added up, can be startling. A geyser blanket will prevent the element from activating as frequently.
In addition, insulating your hot water pipes will prevent even more heat loss. Neither the blanket nor piping insulation are an expensive exercise, and thus a worthwhile investment.
2. Turn down the thermostat
Do you know what temperature your geyser’s thermostat is set to? There is a good chance that it’s too high and can come down a few degrees. A geyser temperature of 60 degrees is sufficient – especially because long, luxurious showers and baths are no longer the order of the day.
3. Replace your showerhead
The less hot water you use, the more money you will save. Using an eco-friendly showerhead will not only reduce your water usage but your heating costs too. The less water that needs to be heated, but more you will save.
4. Install a geyser timer
Having a geyser timer means that your geyser won’t be working overtime to maintain a specific temperature when not in use. A timer means that your geyser will be at the right temperature at the times when you typically need hot water.
Remember, when it comes time to sell or rent out your property, make mention of the energy saving devices you have in place.
If you have any questions as to how you can reduce your energy costs, speak to one of our friendly agents who have a wealth of practical knowledge and are always happy to guide you in the right direction.