Here are some simple steps for you to follow to help save electricity:
1. Turn off anything you don't need. Take a quick walk around your home and turn off all switches, lights, and electrical appliances that you are not using.
2. Check your cooking habits. Reduce the use of your oven and grill or avoid using them. Use fast cooking dishes rather than slow recipes like casseroles. If you have solar water heating, use hot water for cooking and for boiling of water in electric jugs.
3. Always use the correct size of element on electric stoves that would fit the base of your pots. If you put a big pot on a small element, you will use more power to cook the food. If you use a small pot on a big element, you will be unnecessarily wasting electricity as the small pot does not need all the extra heat from the big element.
4. Turn your refrigerator to its warmest safe setting. Your food will still be fresh and you will save power. Use plastic bottles of water to fill the freezer if it is not full. And ensure your refridgerator door is closed properly.
5. Always use a full loaded washing machine as it uses the same amount of electricity as a half filled one.
6. Check your lights. Use fluorescent tubes instead of bulbs, as bulb type lights use four times more electricity as fluorescent tubes. Get into the habit of turning on only what you need - turn everything else off. Good lighting is essential but please make sure lights are turned off when they are not needed. While security lighting is essential, decorative lighting should go off.
7. Use solar panels for hot water instead of electrical boosters.
8. Turn off all lights, switches and electrical appliances that are not in use at your work place.
9. Turn off your air conditioning system when you don't need it as it uses large amounts of electricity. Turn it off and use fans if you can.