What’s Instore for 2014?
2014 – The Year Ahead.
For many of us , the costs of electricity and fuel are becoming prohibitive . With ESKOM’ S anually increasing prices , we- the consumers – have to take action in order to ensure that we don’t end up mortgaging our home to cover our electricity costs!
I created this site in 2012 as an information source for a variety of solutions that we can use to reduce our costs – and pay ESKOM Less every month.
Many of us are also concerned about the Carbon footprint and as such , the solutions offered on Saving Energy are there to provide you with information to make an informed decision.
In June of 2013, we established our service to supply and install geyser timers due to the increasing requests from this website.
I am happy to say that we do still offer this and we deliver exceptional service ( due to my restaurant management days) , responding within a few hours to any enquiry for this product.
Now , you don’t need to “bos” on this energy saving thing and bring in full energy audits and power factor correction , but you do need to establish a strategy to cut your costs and usage.
So , start there…with the biggest stuff – like your geyser , lighting and appliances and then tackle the smaller stuff…
It all makes a difference….
As far as energy saving in concerned, start here.
Your biggest user of power in most homes is your geyser. Then comes appliances or lighting , but most of us have switched to Compact Fluorescent and LED and I am informed that Incandescent lamps will no longer be allowed into South Africa – so “sorry for you” if that’s your business – Energy Saving is the trend!
Look at a timer for both your geyser and you pool…if you have an old analogue pool timer ( like me) , as long as your pool isn’t running all day – and during peak demand times – that’s fine.
Did you know that you geyser can switch on and off between 15 and 30 times per day? And , every time it does , it uses the energy of around FIFTY 60W lamps ?
So cutting this down first will give you a great start! Consider a geyser blanket too especially for winter as this will prevent heat loss from the geyser and use less energy to reheat water back to the set temperature..
PS- check your thermostat setting on the geyser too and set it between 50° C and 60°C – any more and you are wasting power , any less and there’s no hot shower!
For more on geyser timers and if you are interested in getting one…click here.
Then , look at your lighting…
If you have 500W Halogen Floodlights around , you are going to be crying! You can now use CFL Lamps , or even LED’s to deliver an effective amount of light and cut your costs in the process.
If you need bright floodlights for security , makes sure you get the equivalent light output you need to maintain the light levels…
No point in cutting your energy costs and compromising your security.
Ok , then , look at some of your inside lights and switch those from 12 V Dichroic ( those round ones that keep blowing) to 240V CFL lamps – I switched these outside and inside and I am quite happy ; PLUS They last longer!
Remove incandescent lamps as they are inefficient – since most of their energy goes to heat – and replace with CFL or LED.
Insulation…it’s a biggie
All well and good having energy saving devices , but in summer when it’s Joburg Hot , you can “Kill” Your “Bill” on air cons!
They chew energy big time , so if you are going to use them – get one that’s efficient..do your research BEFORE you buy…I am happy to say that many of the main producers of these products do supply energy efficient systems…
Also , your heating in winter can also make a dent ! Get decent insulation and preferably one that’s environmentally friendly too – fibreglass is so not!
The ideas above are simple and relatively cheap , while there are other more expensive options as well…When it comes to products like heat pumps and similar ideas , you MUST MUST MUST look at energy saving as a LONG TERM solution and not a SHORT TERM solution..
We have to change our minds from the SHORT Term idea to a long term and sustainable solution that will provide ongoing reduced energy costs and work for us and the planet over our lifetime.
Lastly , as the children are our future ( so the song goes) , educate them about WHY we need to do this NOW…It’s important tokeep the cycle going…
Save Money with a Geyser Timer
Geyser timer This simple device does exactly what it says. It controls the time that your geyser comes on and switches off. With the geyser permanently on, everytime the water temperature in the geyser falls below the set temp, it will switch on to return the temperature back to where it needs to be. This can account for unnecessary consumption. The compact geyser timer is designed to work to reduce the on time of the geyser through the day and only have it come on when required. So , first thing in the morning if hot water is required and then at night for showers and baths. Once everyone is done, the timer can be set to switch the geyser off and only back on again the next morning, so it doesn't run all night. Click here for … Read More
ECO Insulation -Innovative and Effective
Saving Energy with proper Eco- Insulation : My Personal Report Craig Berman MD Saving Energy 30th July 2013 "Few of us ever give real consideration to insulation when it comes to energy saving..we are so busy with the LED's , geyser timers , heat pumps and solar energy that we don't consider how we are going to keep the heat or the cool in , once we have generated it! Sounds daft , doesn't it - that after all the efforts around saving energy , we don't look at keeping it ! Well , that all changed for me in early July , when Graham Lance and his team arrived at my house to install Eco-Insulation. What I really liked about this from the start, is that it is made from fully recycled material - newspaper! Don't worry , its been specially treated to be fire resistant and safe. Now , … Read More
The E CUBE – Smart, simple energy saving for refrigeration
Saving Energy on Refrigeration. This is Saving Energy on Refrigeration- You don't need a Windmill to reduce your power costs...just some smart thinking. Saving Energy on refrigeration For Business- An Old Concept becomes a New Idea. Ok , to start - the basics of refrigeration. The fridge thermostat is set to the required temperature for the contents of the fridge. For this example, we'll use 5°Celcius as the set point. The fridge is switched on and starts to cool the AIR inside the fridge cabinet down. Once the AIR temperature reaches 5° , then the thermostat sensor relays the temperature data to the control system, which then shuts of the compressor. In normal usage, as the fridge is opened and closed, the AIR inside the fridge will warm up as when the door is opened, the natural … Read More