Power outages are something that many African countries are all too familiar with. Both Ghana and Nigeria are plagued by intermittent power supply due to a lack of sufficient generation capacity and it’s the residents and businesses who have suffered the most.
In a bid to do our bit for energy saving we’ve compiled a two-part list of energy tips to help home owners ease some of the pressure on the already over stressed power grids.
Conduct a home energy audit
A home energy audit, also known as a home energy assessment, is the first step to assess how much energy your home consumes and to evaluate what measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient. You can enlist the services of an expert or you can do the assessment yourself with the help of an online guide.
Turn geyser temperature down to 60º Celsius
Maintaining the temperature at 60ºC uses less electricity (energy) than maintaining a temperature of 70ºC. This works best when the geyser and pipes are insulated. Don’t drop it below 60ºC for health reasons. In most cases, the thermostat is located in the little cover over the electrical element of the geyser. Switch off the electricity circuit at the mains, undo the cover, and then turn down the thermostat using a screw driver. Or hire a plumber to help you.
Use less hot water
Try ad shower instead of bath, and take shorter showers. Only fill the kettle as much as you need it. Wash a full load of dishes, rather than one dish at a time and use cold water where possible for laundry washing.
Switch off equipment when not in use
You should turn appliances, like TV’s, music systems, computers and phone chargers off, at the wall plug, rather than leaving them on standby as this can still draw about 20% or more of normal electricity use. Also turn the geyser off when you go on holiday.
Reduce excessive cooling
Space cooling in summer is a big power ‘guzzler’, in homes with cooling systems. Use localised equipment rather than central air-conditioning systems, and only cool occupied rooms. The room temperature should not be lower than 10 degrees (Celsius) more or less than the outside/ ambient temperature.
Click here to view Part 2 of our post for more energy saving tips.