Make your home leaner on electricity.
Here are six of the most power-hungry appliances in your home.
Sustainability is a core value that we all share. By using less electricity in our homes, we can all contribute to lowering our combined environmental impact in the estate. Identifying some of the heaviest electricity users in your home can help you determine where you need to trim down your electricity usage, so that you can take the necessary steps to get your home into shape energy-wise. Here are six of the most power-hungry household appliances:
Figure 1An electrical geyser typically consumes more than 50% of all electricity consumed in a standard household
A geyser can account for more than 50% of the electricity bill in many regular households with three to four family members and consumes about 9.25 kWh per day, which works out to 300 kWh a month. To help you understand household energy usage, consider this: you would have to cycle vigorously for 3 hours to power your geyser for just 1 hour.
However, there are ways to ensure your geyser doesn’t chew up a huge chunk of your monthly budget. Solar water geysers and heat pumps are much lighter on energy, which makes them great alternatives to standard geysers. You could also try and use less warm water whenever you can, for example, by taking shorter showers. This means you’ll also be doing your bit for water conservation.
2. Tumble dryer
While it’s a lifesaver on rainy laundry days, your tumble dryer devours a whopping 3 kW per hour. On average, that’s about the same amount of energy your body will generate if you’re doing laundry for 4 years.
To save on electricity, it’s best to view your tumble dryer as something you should only indulge in on occasion. Only use it when you really have to and turn to the sun to curb your energy usage: Only do laundry on sunny days or lighten the load with an efficient home energy solution.
3. Swimming pool pump
It takes a lot of time and energy to keep a pool crystal-clear. Take your pool pump for instance: It consumes about 1.5 kWh or 1 289 kcal per hour. You would have to swim 103 Olympic pool laps to produce that much energy.
Covering your swimming pool is not only a great way to save water, but it’ll help keep your pool clean and take some of the pressure off your pump.
Figure 2a swimming pool pump can cost you more than R3.00 per hour in electricity to operate. This equates to more than R500 per month
4. Air conditioner
Your air conditioner works very hard to keep you cool, consuming around 1.8 kW per hour. That is close to the amount of calories you would burn if you were to take a brisk walk for close to thirteen hours.
5. Portable heater
In winter, temperature control proves to be equally costly, with standard portable heaters consuming as much as 1.5 kWh. This would be an equivalent to shivering for 3 hours and 10 minutes.
On average, your oven uses about 2.3 kW per hour . That’s equivalent to a human being chopping wood for 4 hours.
Lighten the load
One way to minimise your electricity usage, is by replacing older household appliances with newer, more energy-efficient models that are also better for the environment.
Another great electricity-saving alternative that can cut your electricity spend by over
50%, is a home solar energy solution from Energy Partners Home Solutions. As part of their ongoing commitment to sustainable living, Stonehurst Estate has chosen Energy Partners to design state-of-the-art solutions specifically for the estate and its unique requirements. Whether you are a large or moderate energy consumer, have a single or three-phase connection, Energy Partners Home Solutions provides efficient, modular solutions that can be combined to suit your energy needs and pocket.
Figure 3 Picture here a ICON system installed
Contact Energy Partners Home Solutions for a no-obligation, free consultation with one of their experienced energy consultants. Call them on 0861 000 606 and be sure to mention that you are a Stonehurst Mountain Estate resident.
For more information, visit www.poweryourself.co.za
Figure 4 a general indication of what percentage of your total energy usage most major consumers utilise
*Percentages may differ per household