4 Ways to Save Electricity with your Electric Geyser
We use our electric geysers daily, but because they aren’t openly exposed in our homes, we often forget about them. However, with cold weather approaching, it’s probably wise to pay your good ol’ geyser a visit to make sure that you aren’t faced with any hot water shortages during the cold months – there’s nothing worse than a freezing cold shower in the middle of winter!
Hot water usage naturally increases over this chilly season, but with Eskom’s 9.4% tariff hike (starting in April), this extra usage is going to seriously hurt our pockets! And with electric geysers already being one of the main household electricity consumers, there’s even more reason to find ways to save on those ever-increasing electricity bills.
Reduce your electric geyser’s energy consumption with these simple tips:
1) Insulate your geyser
Each day, a small amount of heat will dissipate into your electric geyser’s surrounds, which results in a very gradual cooling. Although this cooling is minimal, it causes your geyser’s heating element to activate throughout the day in an attempt to maintain a set temperature.
This heating element doesn’t require much electricity when it activates, but having a geyser that is poorly insulated will cause it to activate more often. This collective electricity consumption can start adding up.
Because geyser blankets help with insulation, they can keep your electric geyser warmer for longer, and prevent the heating element from activating as often.
Another way to minimise heat loss would be to cover the pipes by placing pipe lagging/insulation on the hot water pipes of the geyser, this is available from your local plumbing or hardware store. Geyser blankets and pipe insulation are definitely worth purchasing, as they are known to save up to 20% of the electricity needed to reheat your water!
2) Turn down your geyser’s thermostat
Most electric geyser thermostats are set to temperatures that are higher than necessary. Of course, the higher this temperature is, the more electricity is required. You can turn your thermostat down to 60°C to help save electricity.
3) Only use what’s needed
Rather use cold water to wash your hands or brush your teeth, and take short showers instead of baths. The less hot water you use, the more electricity you save!
4) Change your shower head
Using an energy and water saving showerhead can help reduce your hot water usage by up to 24%.
Combining all of the above saving tips will drastically reduce your electricity bills. However, purchasing the right geyser will help you save even more. If you’re looking for an energy-efficient geyser, then you should consider our CombiSlim and CombiMax range of electric geysers. Each geyser comes with a unique diffuser device, which assists in the prevention of cold and hot water from mixing. This unique device saves the heating element from having to kick in as often as it normally would, and so the running cost is drastically decreased.