| 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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.