How to use less electricity

Saving electricity saves you money, and saves our environment as well. The business of making electricity in South Africa contributes heavily to air pollution and climate change. It is important to learn how to use less electricity.

Tips on how to use less electricity:

The Geyser

We all know that the Geyser is one of the most power hungry domestic appliances there ever was invented. It takes long to boil, and most of the time it needs reheating for the water to get warm. Therefore, you must

  • Put a blanket around your geyser – this keeps your water hot.
  • Put a timer on your geyser – it will switch itself off during the many hours it is not needed.


Eating is the one thing that no one can go on without, so everyday one must cook. There are also ways of saving electricity while doing so:

  • Cook with the lid on your pot – your food will cook much quicker.
  • Cook with a Hot-Box. You can make one yourself with blankets or cushions. Just bring your food to the boil, then take it off the stove and wrap it in a blanket/cushions – your food will carry on cooking.

Solar Water Heating

Install a Solar Water Heater that will use the heat from the sun to heat your water to wash – this will save you electricity.


Use Compact Flourescent Lightbulbs instead of regular ones. They use 5 times less electricity, but last 8 times longer.


  • Insulate your water pipes – use insulation foam or just use newspaper.
  • Insulate your ceiling – use wine bags, tins, cardboard, wool, rags, straw bales, etc.

Your House

Design your house to be cool in summer and warm in winter. Make sure it:

  • Faces North
  • Has a ceiling
  • Has a roof overhang
  • Has a thick, damp-proof floor