Efficient use of electricity

17 Oct, 2014 - 00:10 0 Views

The Herald

The country is currently facing a power supply deficiency, which is manifesting in load shedding. This is due to regional and local power supply constraints.
ZETDC is taking all the necessary measures to mitigate the power supply challenges however, there is need for all stakeholders to complement each other’s efforts.

It is against this background that the company is calling upon all our valued clients to conserve energy in order to minimize the adverse impact of the power shortfall.

Your positive response to this campaign for efficient utilisation of electricity will make a difference. Studies have shown that approximately 20 percent of energy either generated or imported is being used wastefully.

This wastage translates to about 300MW. The energy wastage can be minimised through practical energy efficiency measures, and the resultant savings would translate to reduced electricity bills and frequency reduction in load shedding.

The following measures when consistently followed will go a long way in reducing the challenge of load shedding:-

Prepare meals before the evening peak period which is between 5pm to 9pm.

The major energy consuming appliances in the home are the geyser and the electric stove. Make sure your geyser thermostat is set at optimum temperature of about 65 degrees Celsius.

Match pots and pans with the stove plates and ensure bottom surface is fully covered.

Switch off the stove at least five minutes before the food is cooked.

Never use the stove or grill to warm the house.

Ensure the geyser thermostat is set at about 650C. Switch off the geyser when going away.

Reduce the amount of water in the bathtub or shower.

Defrost food at room temperature instead of the oven.

Avoid opening the fridge doors unnecessarily.

When using an electric kettle to boil water, it is advisable to boil only what is needed provided the element is covered. It is quicker and cheaper to boil water in an electric kettle than to use a pot/cup on the stove.

Pressure cookers and microwave ovens reduce the period of cooking considerably and hence reduce the consumption of electricity.

Use energy saver lamps namely LEDs and CFLs. They cost more but use 80 percent to 90 percent less energy respectively.

Switch off lights in unoccupied rooms. When going away consider buying timers or sensors to turn security lights on instead of leaving them on 24 hours a day.

An average pool requires about 4-6 hours of filtering per day in summer and 3-4 hours in winter so do not filter more than you have to.

Electricity saved is money saved

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