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Six Ways To Stretch Your Electricity Budget This Winter

You may have already switched to prepaid electricity to cut costs, but there are more things you can do to trim the winter excess even further.

With the increased electricity usage trend during winter and a hike in tariffs of 2.2% for 2017, Eunice Sibiya, head of consumer education at FNB shares six tips on how you can lower your electricity bills this winter.

  1. Lighting

Always use energy-efficient lights and avoid switching on lights in rooms that you aren’t using at night.

  1. Gas

If you use gas heaters and stoves, you can reduce your electricity bills substantially in winter. Although converting to gas may require a large investment initially, you’ll save in the long term.

  1. Geyser

The geyser consumes the bulk of electricity in most households, especially in winter. Installing a geyser timer to manage consumption during peak times can help you save.

  1. Refrigerator

Old freezers generally use more electricity than new ones as they work harder to maintain a cool temperature. Consider servicing or replacing your old fridge to save on electricity costs.

  1. Appliances on standby mode

Appliances that are not completely switched off and remain on standby mode such as TVs, sound systems, decoders and microwaves collectively consume a lot of electricity at the end of the month.

  1. Pool

Cover your pool in winter when you are not using it, as pool pumps and filters use a lot of electricity to keep it clean.

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