The cost of electricity in South Africa might be increasing this year. To reduce your usage and keep those electricity bills down, here are five quick and easy tips on conserving energy in your home.

1. Use less water

Have a quick shower, instead of a bath. Only fill the kettle with as much water as you need. Wash your laundry with cold, not hot, water. Only use the dishwasher when it has a full load.

2. Keep your cool

When it comes to the fridge – don’t overload it as this causes the fridge to work harder to keep the products cool. For your freezer, remove the thick frost as this impacts its efficiency.

3. Go green with your appliances

The next time you have to replace an appliance in your home, select the one that’s energy star compliant. It’s a symbol for energy efficiency and it’s backed by the South African government.

4. Low-energy light bulbs

There’s a big difference between the electricity usage of traditional light bulbs versus their energy-saving equivalents. In addition, be cognisant of turning off the lights in rooms you aren’t using.

5. Better insulation

As we head into the cooler months, you’ll want your home to be snug and warm but, before you head for the heaters, your first step should be to ensure that your ceiling is properly insulated. Saving electricity requires a change of equipment and behaviour, so be energy conscious and you’ll save money on your electricity bill. By sharing this advice, bsmart aims to help members live smart, spend smart and save smart. bsmart members also save when they use their bsmart card to pay for purchases at retailers around the country.

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Disclaimer: bsmart does not provide financial advice. The above article is for information purposes only, to share current economic and financial topics and trends. Please consult a suitable and qualified financial services provider if you require financial advice.