10 ways to cut your utility bills
The costs of municipal services such as electricity and water are increasing rapidly in SA but fortunately, new technology and common sense can significantly lower property owners’ bills for these services.

In the most recent Property Signposts newsletter, the Chas Everitt International property group lists the following 10 ways to cut water and electricity bills:

  • If your home has a shower, use it and encourage your children to use it whenever possible instead of taking a bath.
  • Install modern low-flow shower heads and taps and cut water usage even more, particularly when rinsing vegetables and dishes, or cleaning your teeth.
  • Check the thermostat on the geyser, which in most cases can be turned down several degrees resulting in a constant saving of electricity.
  • Ensure that the geyser and hot water pipes are lagged to prevent heat loss and turn the geyser off when you leave the house for any length of time.
  • Use cold water washing machine cycles whenever possible, and use the machine – and the dishwasher – only when you have a full load.
  • Replace burnt out light bulbs with new, energy-efficient mini-fluorescents. These cost more initially, but they have a longer life and use only 20% of the power of conventional bulbs.
  • Place your appliances carefully. Fridges, freezers and air conditioning units will consume much more electricity if they are sitting in the full glare of the sun.
  • Draw curtains to prevent heat loss in winter and heat entry in summer.
  • Cultivate good housekeeping habits like turning off lights when you leave a room and replacing leaking tap washers immediately.
  • Install insulation – in the ceiling space and under carpets – to lower heating costs in winter and cooling costs in summer, and so generate even more savings.

Article from: www.chaseveritt.com