Using Hot water wisely.
Many new and regular visitors to this site know that we fully support and advocate the use of geyser timers and blankets to cut your geyser usage and save electricity as well as reducing your CO2 emissions.
Not everyone however can do this right now , so I thought let’s do a quick post on what you can do to save energy on your geyser without a timer.
Know your water usage patterns.
This is a simple thing to establish, it’s when you use your hot water.
Most households, require hot water in the mornings and evenings for bathing /showering purposes and then some during the day – maybe late morning for washing up.
So, for this exercise, let’s assume that your shower in the morning ( you and your partner) around 7am and then again in the evening at around 7pm.
The peak time demand as per Eskom is 4pm to 9pm at night and from 6am to 10am in the morning.
The geyser timer relay event.
So ,here’s how you do it.
For the afternoon run , switch your geyser off at the DB Board around 4pm, but check that the water is hot first. The water will remain hot enough to bath and shower until around 8pm…if you are all done by then , you can either switch it back on , or you can set your alarm for 4 am to switch your geyser back on again so that your water will be hot again by 6am.
Then , when your alarm goes off at 6 am , switch the geyser off and you will have hot water till about 1oam.
As the day goes on, you can switch your geyser back on at around 3pm and let it run til 6pm again and then repeat the cycle.
Just don’t forget to set your alarms to remind you to switch the geyser back on , otherwise it will be a cold reception when you realise you have forgotten to turn it on!
Pro’s and cons.
Well , the obvious win is that you don’t need to spend money investing in putting in a timer. You could then save around R1290-00 ( that’s our standard price) for supply and installation.
Also, your sense of timing is heightened as anyone who’s had icy cold water shower on them after forgetting to switch the geyser back on can attest to, plus you get plenty new exercise running the geyser breaker relay.
Let me start with the not so obvious one – the breaker ( that’s the switch on your DB board that says “Geyser” on it”) is not designed to be switched on and off so often and can suffer wear and tear. This simply means that one day (sooner rather than later) it will stop working and then you will need to replace it.
Now the obvious one – the first time you forget to switch the timer back on , you will be either be filling your kettle 28 times for enough hot water for a bath, or you will call us and get a geyser timer installed!
And , if you think that Saving Energy is expensive , just see this this post from Parkhurst Post Editor , Tim Truluck appeared on Talk Radio 702’2 website recently:
“….I would recommend that you install a timer on your geysers (and also on your pool pump) that isn’t affected by power cuts (it has a little battery built into it) that turns on your geyser at night and your pool off during off-peak periods. Ask your electrician about them they cost R1500 to supply a good quality one…”
Well, at that price – our Eco Warrior Special on a timer and a blanket at just R 1690-00 is an absolute BARGAIN!
Book yours here.