Ten Easy Tips That Help Saving Gas Bills

Posted January 29, 2009 – 10:36 am in: Gas

Centrica, the parent company of British Gas, has projected that the average annual gas bills could rise by up to 70 per cent. This has two important finance implications – first that the reserves are depleting must faster and the second that an immediate action plan should be designed in order to save gas and ever rising bills. For the latter some common practices are –

1. Use Direct Debit: Paying by direct debit can save up to ten per cent of on one’s bill. It is because with direct debit one can ensure timely payment. In case of delays, interest is charged and this can further inflate your gas bills.

2. Use Sweaters: In chilly evenings try to avoid centralized heating systems by pulling on sweaters.

3. Use Thermostat As Per Need: One can reduce one’s thermostat by a couple of degrees. It may also help saving ten per cent on your bills. Turn the thermostat down, if leaving the house for some time.

4. Get Appliances Checked: Get your appliances checked by the concerned authorities to make sure that they are not consuming too much of fuel.

5. Have Meter Reading Regularly: Keep a record of the reading of the meter at regular intervals. There is a possibility that one ends up paying more on the bills due to a faulty meter.

6. Use Insulated Doors and Thick Curtains: Having well insulated doors and windows and thick carpets and curtains. This can help keeping the heat inside the house. One can also significantly save on gas bills by putting silver foils behind the radiators.

7. Use Solar Power and Good Showers and Taps: Water saving showers and taps and solar powered hot water systems can save up to fifteen per cent on the bills. Dripping taps can waste as much water in a week as is required to fill a bath.

8. Select the Right Gas Supplier: The gas supply industry is highly competitive and is running for your share of business. Before finalizing a supplier, make sure that you are getting the right deal. Go for the energy company that offers the best price. Often overlooked, it is one of the most important ways of reducing your bills. Shopping around will definitely not require too much of your effort. In fact there are certain suppliers who offer incentives like cash back, online management of account and billing, etc.

9. Choose Capped Rate: Another option for saving on gas bills can be to go for a capped rate from your supplier. Capped rate can benefit in case when the fuel prices are surging high.

10. Reduce Consumption: And last but not the least, try using less energy as it will also help saving the planet. Make a conscious effort of switching off appliances whenever not required, in order to decrease consumption

Following any of the mentioned steps would help you move in the direction of savings.So what is in your action plan? Happy Savings!

By Nancy Dodds of Financemate.co.uk

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Is Your Postcode Dictating Your Gas and Electricity Bills?

Posted October 16, 2008 – 4:25 pm in: Electricity, Gas

For a good while now the cost of living has been on the rise, we used to be able to focus all our resentment for this on one factor such as fuel for our cars, it was an inconvenience but at least it was only ever one facet of our life.  Nowadays it’s not just fuel, its food, insurance, mortgages, credit cards and utilities in our home.

The increase in some areas such as credit card sand loans can be attributed to the current credit crisis with banks being nationalised and collapsing left right and centre but there’s one expense that doesn’t sit right with many customers, gas and electricity.

Utility companies have been able to keeping going great guns despite customers feeling the pinch as their bills rise and with the winter months now upon us we’ll surely be heading for an expensive Christmas on the utility front.  There’s been increase pressure on the big six energy companies to pass on the profits they’ve been raking in over the past few months.

One of the interesting (or should that be infuriating?) points with gas and electricity prices is that they can vary depending on where you live, or specifically what postcode you live in.  Studies have shown that some areas of the country are spending 28% more on utilities than in other areas.

The best prices on gas and electricity are in the south east of England according to the research, prices in Yorkshire and Humberside were seen to be significantly higher and considering that electricity bills are hovering around the £1,100 mark at the moment many of us are keenly observing where the best prices are in an extra effort to bring down the monthly expense of living in this country.

Earlier in the year when the price of oil had risen many energy companies put up prices of gas and electricity by 17% and 22% respectively.  Since the price of oil has dropped the energy companies have not dropped their prices in favour of generating massive profits. 

The pressure for energy companies to pass on these profits in the form of cheaper energy bills is reaching boiling point with many customers who have started leaving the main companies in favour of those who are charging even a few pound less per year in an attempt to show the main companies that their profits are unacceptable when many people are struggling with debts and bills at the moment.

Andy Adams is an IT worker and experienced writer

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Switching Gas and Electricity Suppliers Navigating the Pitfalls

Posted October 16, 2008 – 4:22 pm in: Uncategorized

Many of us have considered changing Gas or Electricity suppliers but have either been put off by all the written notices and added paperwork to fill out or just not been bothered to change. The trouble is that with the number of energy suppliers having increased over the years there is as much competition in the energy market as other services such as mobile phone networks. Many companies now offer Gas and Electricity in one package, referred to as “Dual-Fuel”.

Some people are held back by thinking that if they switch providers that they may well get cheaper service but at the expense of the reliability of their current provider, the good thing is that some websites can show you not only the prices but also the amount of complaints that each provider receives. There really is a lot of information out there for you to make an informed decision.

With many gas and electricity suppliers vying for your custom some are recognizing the reluctance of some customers to make the jump to another company and are offering to take care of all the transfer paperwork for you because it isn’t unknown for transfers to go awry. In the past people have not been given clear enough notice that they haven’t cancelled their service properly and have ended up being billed for service from their new provider but also their old one still! Admittedly this is quite rare, but the process is not as daunting as it may seem, and there’s lots of people in the same boat.

Getting a quote

This used to be the most time consuming process, going round all the suppliers to see what deals they can do and what rates and tariffs there are. This used to be done by either phoning up salespeople or searching out leaflets. Luckily with the rise of comparison sites this process can be nigh-on eradicated, all you have to do in some cases is give your postcode (to determine which suppliers are in your area) and a brief usage summary (to determine which tariff is best for you), you’re then presented with a list of all possible gas and electricity prices.

Sorting a new deal

First of all you should find your new supplier, to ensure your service is uninterrupted you should sort this before cancelling with your current supplier. Firstly when checking comparison sites you need to make sure that they are accredited with energywatch’s “Confidence Code”, fortunately all gas and electricity suppliers have to reveal their prices so you can guarantee you’ll make the right choice. Once you have arranged a new contract it can sometimes take up to 6 weeks to start with your new provider, during which you need to…

Give your notice to your old supplier
This can be done by giving notice to your supplier in writing, also make sure all outstanding bills are taken care of. In some cases people have had their changeover held up by the fact they had not settled all outstanding bills. It is a good idea to take note of the gas and electricity meter readings on the changeover day so that any discrepancies over what the reading was when you joined your new supplier was

Once all this is taken care of then you should have a smooth changeover from your old supplier to your new one. Hopefully by taking up service with a new provider you may have received some form of discount or sign-up incentive which may have been your reason for choosing that provider above all others. The other benefits of changing are that it can sometimes be absolutely free. The flexibility of payment means that you can choose which method to use (cheque, Direct Debit) and when to make payments (monthly, annually).

So if you think you could be paying less on your bills, your provider’s service isn’t up to scratch or want to take advantage of the discounts and incentives being offered to new customer then now is the perfect time to make the switch to another energy provider.

Andy Adams is an experienced UK writer working specifically with home utilities such as gas, electricity, mobile phones and broadband internet

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British Gas for Business Users

Posted October 16, 2008 – 4:21 pm in: Uncategorized

British gas has a business section that is dedicated to servicing non-domestic users of British gas electricity and gas utilities. The imaginatively named British Gas Business is currently promoting its services as the UK’s most reasonably priced electricity provider.

Their current promotion to British business owners offers a month of free gas for every new non-domestic client who takes on either a new gas or electricity account with British Gas.

British Gas Business has been awarded the Plain English Campaigns coveted Crystal Mark award for their contracts that are jargon free and offer totally readable terms and conditions. Since its inception British Gas Business has signed up 925,000 business clients, and its eye firmly on reaching its one millionth satisfied customers.

What you get from British Gas Business
A real accounts manager who is a Dedicated Account Manager, this means each time you call you are not connected to the first available telephone operator. Instead you be able to speak directly to someone who knows who you are, and is familiar with your business.

British Gas Business pricing structure is very competitive; it is also a household name and British institution. Their clear and understandable contracts carry a fixed price, for a fixed term, so you can calculate your energy cost projections accurately.

You also have unlimited access to energy efficiency advice to help cut wastage and costs as well as moving towards a ‘greener’ workplace. If you move to a new location the contract is ‘portable’ so there are no hidden fees.
You can easily manage you gas or electricity accounts on your own PC for billing, usage and other information. British Gas Business offers easy payments with bank direct debits, and don’t forget that one months free gas offer.

Making the switch

Most business people don’t have thirty minutes to spare while the Indian call centre operator finds time in her busy schedule to talk to them. British Gas Business has professional customer service with a highly trained and helpful team of professionals waiting to assist clients.

Moving to British Gas Business is simple and straight forward, with one simple form that will give you an online quote, if you are happy with that, British Gas Business will complete the rest for you.

It is not possible to avoid central heating bills and to do so would be extremely counter productive but it is perfectly reasonable to take as much care and planning into what system you choose. A responsible supplier will be only too happy to advise with regards to which tariff you are eligible for and contrary to public perception a conscientious and responsible supplier will realise that a happy customer is going to stay with them for along time and as such everyone wins.

As I mentioned it is vitally important that you understand exactly what options you have in front of you. Your choice of which system you want to install can have a major impact on your energy bills and it is perfectly reasonable to take a view that in today’s economic climate that it is essential to try and achieve economies wherever possible.

You should also take a look at British gas dual fuel

Stephen Morgan writes regularly on such matters and more can be found on British Gas For Business Users and at www.energychoices.co.uk which is a site that is dedicate to consumer advice to help individuals and business’s come to informed decisions that make sure they are getting the best possible deal from providers of energy.

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Gas Vs Electricity Who Comes Out on Top

Posted October 16, 2008 – 4:19 pm in: Electricity, Gas

Just about everyone is dealing with rising heat costs. The price of fuel is going sky high. We are seeing the prices rise at the gas pump and in our home fuel costs. Many people are looking to save money with their gas and electricity usage.

Using gas to heat your home has many benefits. Homes that are heated with natural gas feel quite warm and free from any drafts. On an extremely cold day, you can rely on your gas furnace to more than adequately heat your home and keep your family quite comfortable. Gas furnaces use less energy to heat your home in new homes, as these homes are built to be energy efficient. Many families are quite pleased using gas to heat their homes.

When electricity creates heat, it creates just about 100% of the energy from the electricity into heat. Electric heat has a reputation for being more expensive than traditional gas heat or propane. Electric heat is used in hot climates where there are very few days of the year where you do wind up heating your home. Therefore, while it costs more to heat your home, the homeowner does not suffer as a result.

Whichever type of heat source your family selects, you can always save more money with conscious effort. By being proactive and becoming an involved consumer, any homeowner can work to reduce their home heating bills. A gas and electricity comparison only works when one considers which type of these heat sources would be best for your family. There are always different variables with every family that must be considered.

A great way to save money can often be to do some comparison shopping. Those who have never used another energy company may be missing out on great savings. Do some cost comparisons with local gas and electricity companies to see which would be best for your usage needs. Every family has different needs and different parts of the country will require different gas or electricity at different times.

Switching your billing to online billing can also save you money. This will also be much more convenient and save you a great deal of time. Most gas and electricity companies offer online billing. Ask your gas or electricity provider for more details.

A great way to save money can be to simply turn your thermostat down by a few degrees. Just two or three degrees can add up to real dollars in your pocket by the end of the month. Adjust your thermostat slowly so your family will get used to the new setting over time. Most families don’t even notice a difference of two to three degrees. You will however, notice it when it comes time to pay your heating bill.

Every homeowner should check their home for possible “holes” that are letting out heat or air-conditioning. Windows or doors that don’t close properly, rooms that aren’t insulated enough and other potential “holes” cost you money each and every month. Think first of places in your home that seem drafty, as these could be areas that have “holes.”

Help can be available for needy families to help pay their heating bills. The federal government provides assistance to help families that need extra help heating their homes or paying their electric bills. Check with your local office regarding qualifying statistics.

The price to heat homes is a challenge that many people face today. Fortunately, we do have some control over the cost of this expenditure. By doing some research and learning which opportunity is best for you, your family can choose gas or electricity to heat your home efficiently and affordably.

Finally a way to lower utility costs with Cheaper gas and electricity. For more information on how to Switch provider and save money click one of the two links.

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Find your Energy Hogs with Electricity Monitors

Posted October 16, 2008 – 3:22 pm in: Electricity

It’s hard to know much energy to conserve when you don’t know how much you are using. For most of us, the only information we get is what is presented in our monthly electricity bills. What if you could get down to the appliance level and figure out how much power in the form of kilowatts is being consumed? Or even better, if you knew what that translated to in terms of actual dollar costs- you would be equipped to make better decisions about how and when to use energy consuming devices.

The answer is in the form of Electricity Monitors. These handy devices allow you to measure how much power is consumed by anything that runs on electricity. Here’s how it works: you insert the plug of the device you want to measure into the electricity monitor. You then plug the electricity monitor into the electrical socket. You can get instant statistics on volt, amps and wattage consumed. There are several models of Electricity Monitors available on the market today with different features and levels of details to measure electricity consumption.

One of the most popular brands available is Kill a Watt meters from P3. Their most basic model, the Kill a Watt P4400 features an LCD display that shows you how much many kilowatt hours are being consumed and lets you cycle through voltage (volt), amperage (amp), wattage (watt), line frequency (Hz), and power factor (VA) for the device being monitored. To go a step further, the KIll A Watt EZ Electricity Monitor P4460 model extrapolates the data so that you can forecast usage by week, month and year.

EED’s Watts Up Meter work in a similar fashion to the P3 Kill a Watt Monitors, in that you plug your device into the electricity monitor to get consumption statistics. Where they differ is EED Watts UP Meters’ ability to let you plug in your utility rates so that you can calculate how much that translates into actual costs. The standard model, the Watts Up 57777 can calculate cumulative consumption and cost of the monitored device if it’s left plugged in for a period of time. The Watts Up Pro 99333 model can store load data for a week or month and can be downloaded to a computer and further analyzed with the Watts Up Pro software. The main difference between the Pro model and the Watts Up Pro/ES 82756 model is that the later can store twice volume of data.

Blue Line’s Power Monitors follows a different mechanism to track your real time power usage. You have two components with this solution: a sensor and a monitor. The sensor attaches to your electrical meter which is located outside your home. Using a wireless data transmission, the sensor communicates with the LCD display which can be located anywhere. It transmits real information on kilowatt usage. By entering your utility rate, this innovative solution can even calculate how much your electricity is costing you. By viewing your real time and cumulative electricity costs , you can make better informed decisions about using energy more efficiently.

Monitor your electricity usage using Kill A Watt Electricity Monitors and Watts Up Monitors at Conservation Mart.

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How to Slash your Electricity Bill in 10 Easy Steps

Posted October 13, 2008 – 3:17 pm in: Electricity

1. Lighting & Light Bulbs Install low energy light bulbs in rooms you use regularly – they last up to 15 times longer than a normal light bulb and provide the same lighting for a quarter of the running cost. Turn off the lights when you leave a room for a long period and don’t use several light bulbs where one will do the job. Teach all family members to turn off lights when leaving a room.

2. TV, Hi-Fi & RadioTurn off the TV or video and hi-fi rather than leaving it on standby. Always use the television’s on/off switch. Leaving the television on standby wastes energy.

3. Cooking Microwave ovens reduce cooking time by 15% to 20% and save energy. When boiling vegetables, use just enough water to keep them covered. Use a jug kettle that has a water level gauge to ensure you only heat the amount of water you need. Cover saucepans with lids whenever possible to reduce the cooking time.

4. Home Laundry & DishwashersSave electricity by using old-fashioned clothesline for clothes drying. Avoid drying clothes on radiators as it lowers the room temperature, making your boiler work harder. Shut off dishwasher for dry cycle. Let your dishes “air dry”. Don’t use dishwasher or laundry equipment until you have a full load.

5. Fridges & Fridge Freezers Make sure your refrigerator and freezer door seals are airtight. Let hot foods cool before placing them in the refrigerator. Defrost refrigerator regularly – when about 1/4 inch of ice has formed. Place your refrigerator in the coolest part of the kitchen – away from cookers, heaters and out of direct sunlight.

6. HeatingTurn off electric water heater when going away for vacations or weekends. Turn your heating down rather than opening a window to reduce the room temperature. Never cover radiators with curtains or furniture as this reduces their efficiency and wastes valuable heat. When going on long holidays, remember to switch your water heating off.

7. Work Tools Use hand tools in your workshop instead of power tools.

8. Appliances When shopping for new appliances, ask about energy-efficient models. Buy appliances on the basis of cost plus operating costs, not price alone. Limit the use of appliances that use over 1,000 watts. Keep appliances clean and in good working order. They’ll use less energy.

9. Bills Check all energy bills closely. Errors can be costly.

10. Insulation & Air conditioningInsulating your attic will save on operating air conditioning (also heating). If your walls are suitable, cavity wall insulation will substantially reduce heat loss. Keep air conditioning condenser shaded from sun or on north side of house. Turn off air conditioning when no one is home.

About the Author
Copyright © 2005. Chileshe Mwape writes for The Guide to Cheap Electricity website at: http://www.cheap-electricity-guide.org.uk/ and he’s also a regular contributor to the Ways2Save website at: http://www.ways2save.org.uk/

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Save Money By Switching Your Utilities

Posted October 12, 2008 – 2:36 pm in: Electricity, Gas

Most households are now feeling the pinch when it comes to their finances, and for many it has become increasingly difficult to make ends meet and cope with monthly payments and outgoings. Households have seen the cost of living rocket recently, not to mention increased petrol prices, higher food prices, and soaring bills. With all of these rises dealing with finances has become increasingly difficult for many households.

Amongst the many costs that have gone up for the average household is the cost of utilities, and many are paying out a fortune for services such as gas, electricity, and even water. Although these are essential services and therefore we cannot do without them in order to try and save money there are steps that many of us may be able to take in terms of reducing the amount that we pay for these services. There is tough competition amongst utility providers, and whilst all of the major energy firms have been increasing costs you may still find that you pay far less with one provider than you do with another.

When it comes to your gas and electricity costs you may be able to save money by using a price comparison site, entering your details, and seeing which providers service your area. You will also be able to see what sorts of prices are available, and could quickly determine whether you are able to get a cheaper service from another provider. Switching is really easy as well, so you will not have to go to any undue hassle. Also, you should bear in mind that you could save money on your gas and electricity in other ways as well for example, you could save money by taking out dual fuel with your provider, and you could also save some money by setting up a direct debit to make payments monthly.

Things are not quite as straightforward when it comes to your water supplier, as you are limited with regards to which supplier you go with. However, you may find that you can save money by switching to a water meter, especially if you live in a smaller property, there are not many people living in the home, or it you are away a lot.

The Internet has made it easier to switch your services and save money, and in addition to switching service such as your gas, electricity, etc. you could also look at saving money by switching other services such as your broadband provider, insurance providers, and even credit card and loan providers, all of which can be checked and arranged using one of the number of price comparison sites online.

It is a good idea to use at least two different price comparison sites, as each site only covers a portion of the market, and therefore you can increase your chances of finding a good deal.

At the moment there are a number of websites that are designed to help you switch utility companies. It is important that you visit a few of them and study your new utility quotes. Be careful to read the small print to make sure the quotes are like for like. 
Author Resource:- Peter Kenny has been writing financial articles for 10 years and is a writer for The Thrifty Scot, please visit us at Unsecured Loan and Loans Visit Choosing the Best Credit Card Product for Your Needs 

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Lower the Size of Your Power Bills With Renewable Energy

Posted October 11, 2008 – 2:33 pm in: Uncategorized

Wind power, solar power and water is a brilliant way to generate your own electrcity. There is information on the internet in the form of guides so one can learn to produce renewable electricity. This renewable power source will trim down your electricity costs, and at times elimates it. A good resource puts in plain words the methods to generate electricity at home. Once a system is in place, the sooner to get rid of the scary power bills you now face. If you really want to save money on your electic bill, renewable energy is for you.

An overlooked renewable energy is wind energy which can be produced by windmills. This idea as we know it has been around for quite some time.The use of wind turbines or windmills can produce a lot of electricity. As time passes, this is one of the best sources of renewable energy as the wind continues to blow, and willgain popularity more and more as the energy crisis increases.

Solar energy is great because the sun is your only source of energy the sun isn\’t going anywhere. Solar power is one of the best to use in your home. The solar energy panels will cut your power bills almost in half and the environment will benefit too.

Water or hydro energy is another great way to use renewable energy in the household. You can use water to operate vehicles and power electrical appliances. Hydro energy is can be used up to 90% of renewable energy in your home.

Many guides includes a complete set of do it yourself instructions on how to produce power to power your home with renewable energys by constructing your own wind power generator or installing your own solar panels. In order to make these work for you, you need to follow the step by step instructions provided.

A good guide should show you how to harness wind power as well as the sun\’s rays using solar panels to harness the elements for power. The use of renewable power will help you out to save on your electricity statement a minimum of $1000 annually. The internet is a good teacher for the person who is looking for renewable power sources using sun and wind.

Your home will be the setting for your power creations either through a wind mill or solar panels. You may have solar panels on the roof of your house or in the back yard and your windmill is in an airy place, with this you will be saving money as well as having a healthy environment. We need to preserve our environment by making use of the natural resources in the safest method, because this earth supports us as well as the coming generation.

You may be a bit apprehensive about the whole system of power generating. Bit by bit you will come to see that wind and the solar energy both are the safest and greatest ways to create electricity and save bucks as a result. Why do we have to spend money for the electricity bill when nature is so cooperative and caring? It is high time that we realize this technology and make use of it. Nature is the best acquaintance you can have. Preserve our nature and future with renewable energy.

Wind power and solar power is is definitely good value if you want to save money on your power bill in your home or business with renewable energy. 

Author Resource:- Learn the best information on green energy. Rick Williamson researches intesting niches at Microniches.org

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Electricity Saving Tips

Posted October 10, 2008 – 2:24 pm in: Electricity

Electricity is not just an essential component of every household and business, but also a commodity, which in many cases is taken for granted. As Taxpayers in South Africa we all look to the government to provide us with essential services and many times we take the availability of electricity for granted – I guess rightly so as we are paying for it – Right?

At the time of writing this article, I sit and think back of my childhood days when I grew up on a farm without electricity. I still remember the days when my mom cooked on the big black coal stove in the kitchen that also served as a heater during the cold winters. As kids we used to get dressed in the kitchen as we warmed up our clothes on the doors of the coal stove trying to fight the 0 and sometimes sub zero temperatures outside.

We also used an anthracite stove in the living room, which worked overtime in winter. Flipping a switch for lights did not exist. We used paraffin and gas lamps alternated with candles in the bedrooms. Television did not exist and we listened to stories on the radio after dinner as a family with quality conversations and lots of laughs before it was bedtime. Our fridge/freezer also used gas.

Having grown up in the Bushveld, a place of extremes, we did not only face minus 0 temperatures in winter, but had to deal with extreme heat in summer. I clearly remember the days when we, as kids took an afternoon nap on the cement floors in our house, as it was the only cool place (Bushveld summers easily reach temperatures of 40+ degrees in summer). No air conditioners, or fans even as we did not have electricity.

A couple of years later my dad upgraded to gas. I remember some winters where the gas froze in the pipes outside and we had to warm up the pipes so that my mom could cook breakfast on the gas stove.

It was only around 1980 that we first got electricity. All of a sudden we had the luxury of lights, deep freezer and Television.

I think the energy crises in Cape Town and other cities in South Africa came as a big shock to many people as they never experienced having to cope without electricity. Whether we are hot or cold, we just flip a switch and do not suffer any discomfort. One thing that remained from my childhood days is a saving awareness, which I think many modern children and even Adults lack, and this brings me to the following points in this article.

There are some basic things, which we all could do to save electricity:

1. Switch off lights when you leave the room.

2. Use energy saving light bulbs where possible (this will also cut your electricity bill)

3. Turn off the TV and Hi-fi when you are not using it. Leaving it on stand-by uses energy.

4. Rather use the microwave than your stove. Did you know that microwave cooking saves up to 15-20% energy?

5. When cooking on the stove ensure that vegetables are covered in water and cover saucepans with lids to reduce the cooking time.

6. Use a jug kettle with a water level indicator to boil only the amount of water that you need for that cup of coffee / tea. It is a waste of energy to boil a full kettle when you are going to use only part of it.

7. In South Africa we still enjoy fairly warm winters (compared to Europe and America). Hang clothes on the line outside to dry rather than drying everything in the tumble dryer.

8. Switch the Dishwasher off when it comes to the drying cycle and allow dishes to air dry.

9. Wait until you have a full load before using the Dishwasher and or washing machine.

10. Ensure that your fridge/freezer door seals work properly.

11. Cool food down before storing it in the fridge.

12. Defrost your freezer regularly – every time around 0.5 cm ice has been formed inside the freezer. Place your fridge in the coolest part of the kitchen if space allows– not right next to the stove or in direct sunlight.

13. Turn off your geyser when going away for week ends or extended periods of time.

14. Use hand tools rather than power tools in your workshop if and when you could. Nothing wrong with a bit of elbow grease at times especially when there is an energy crises.

15. Appliances – ask the sales person whether or not an appliance utilizes energy-saving. Avoid the use of appliances that use over 1000 Watt energy. It is also a good idea to keep all appliances clean and in good working order as it will ensure that no energy is wasted.

16. Depending on the area where you live and minimum/maximum temperatures, it might be a good idea to insulate your roof.

17. If you have both a shower and bath, rather take a shower as you do not only save water but save the geyser from having to heat up large amounts of water all the time.

These are a few simple points where each of us could make a contribution towards reducing the use of electricity in our daily environment.

In conclusion we should view the availability of electricity as a luxury and not a right. That way when we are all of a sudden left in the dark during power black-outs we could enjoy the silence and close family relationships with quality conversations that dinner at candle light or gas/paraffin lamps bring versus the rushed 2006 lifestyle with dinner in front of television with no conversation.

About the Author
Justin Kitson is manager at http://www.engines-forestry.co.za, generator distributor in Southern Africa. This division also distributes outdoors equipment, ride on lawnmowers, engines, pumps and high pressure piston pumps.

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