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Wanna give Eskom 10% less every month? Of course you do

It’s possible to cut your electricity bill by 10%, and the best thing is it won’t cost you a cent.

Hot water:

  • Turn down the thermostat to 60ºC on your electrical element geyser
  • Use cold water – not hot water – for rinsing dishes and vegetables
  • Only use hot water for cleaning tasks that require it, like washing your hands and removing oil from cooking utensils


Fridge freezer:

  • Set your fridge to 3ºC – any lower and it will use more electricity than necessary
  • Ensure the seals on your fridge and freezer doors are intact
  • Don’t open the door unnecessarily
  • Place your fridge somewhere cool away from sun-facing walls and windows, and as far away as possible from the stove
  • Defrost your chest freezer twice a year; an upright freezer should be defrosted three times a year
  • Don’t overfill your fridge or freezer – only use 90% of its capacity


Living rooms and bedrooms:

  • Always switch off lights in unoccupied rooms
  • Unplug all appliances you are not using
  • Don’t leave computers, TVs, DVD players, as well as tablet and cell phone chargers on standby. If you do, these appliances will consume up to 50% of the power they would normally use
  • Keep curtains and blinds open during the day to optimise natural light and postpone switching on artificial lighting until it gets dark



Alison Goldberg is the former property editor of Business Day (1985) and the Financial Mail (1991-99). In 1995 she won the Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year Award. She has edited such titles as National Constructor and The Miner in Australia and has freelanced for The Star, The South African Jewish Report and The Jerusalem Post.

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