LIFESTYLE NEWS - THE lockdown and resultant closure of many economic activities has affected jobs and salaries, consequently bringing financial strain to many households.
A study conducted by Statistics SA has revealed that around 33 percent of South Africans’ money is spent on housing, electricity and water.
In light of this data, Eskom has shared a few effective tips that homeowners can take to reduce their electricity usage this winter:
1. Switch off: The first and easiest way to reduce usage to to switch off unnecessary lights. When buying light bulbs, consider fluorescent lamps and light-emitting diodes. These lamps use around 80 percent less energy and last eight to 15 percent longer than incandescent bulbs.
2. Hot water: boil enough water only for the number of cups of tea or coffee you are making. Make use of a hot water bottle to keep warm instead of an electric blanket.
3. Natural heat: be sure to take advantage of natural heat from the sun to keep your rooms warm during the day by opening your curtains.
4. Laundry: try not to wash your clothes at high temperatures unless you are required to do so. Most laundry detergents are designed to work effectively at around 30 degrees or lower.