Electricity Consumers

General Guidelines

Lighting

Cooling

Minimize the use of heaters

Use solar panel geysers

Turn on geyser only in the morning

Repair gas leakages immediately

Switch off the stove after use

Use pressure cookers as much as possible

Use lids to cover the pans while cooking

Bring items taken out of refrigerators (like vegetables, milk etc) to room temperature before placing on the gas stove for heating

Shift use from peak times. For example, fill the water tank in the early mornings. Avoid ironing during the evenings. Time of use meters are being installed throughout the country and soon consumers will pay more for electricity in peak time. Beginning to change your behavior now, will help the country avoid load shedding and soon will reduce your energy bill.

Look for energy efficient appliances when replacing an existing appliance

The first, most important, measure is to simply turn off the lights when you leave a room

Use daylight to the maximum

Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) can be four times as efficient as traditional bulbs. So when replacing lights, upgrade to CFLs or replace a 40W tube light with a 32W conventional regulators with electronic regulators for ceiling fans

Dust lighting fixtures to maintain illumination

Replace conventional regulators with electronic regulators for ceiling fans

Operate the ceiling fan along with your window air conditioner to spread the cooled air more effectively throughout the room and operate the air conditioner at higher temperature

Install exhaust fans at a higher elevation than ceiling fans

Use sun films, curtains or outside use chicks to block the sun

ACs are one of the biggest contributors summer time power failures. If fan and AC are used together, the temperature can easily be lowered to 24oC.Plant trees or shrubs to shade air-conditioning units but not to block the airflow. A unit operating in the shade uses as much as 10% less electricity than the same one operating in the sun .Use the roof as a garden. This will reduce the need to cool the house and lower the energy bill.When purchasing a new AC, look for one that is energy efficient and has an automatic temperature shut off .When purchasing a new fan, look for one that is energy efficient