Save energy and boost your deposit savings

Private Property South Africa

With air conditioning, fans and pool pumps running constantly, summer can bring bigger energy bills. If you’re trying to save for a deposit, you should implement the following energy-saving measures.

Summer time can mean that you feel the need to run air conditioners or fans almost constantly, for example, and that you need to use more water in the garden, take more showers and run the pool pump more hours a day.

All of which can leave you with much less money in your monthly budget - so if you’re trying to save for a deposit to buy a home, it’s really worth implementing the following energy-saving measures over the next few months:

  • Keep window shades, blinds, curtains or drapes closed to block out sunlight during the hottest part of the day.

  • Set your air conditioning to 22 or 23 degrees when you’re at home and off when you are not. If you want to walk into a cool home, use smart technology to turn the system on about 15 minutes before you arrive.

  • Move lamps, TVs and any other heat sources away from air conditioners to prevent them from affecting the thermostat and causing the unit to run longer than necessary.

  • Keep furniture and other obstacles away from the front of central air conditioning ducts so that the cooler air can circulate freely.

  • Keep your air conditioner units and ceiling fans well maintained.

  • Switch off any fans at night or when you’re not at home to save electricity.

  • Whenever possible, use a microwave to cook your meals instead of using a traditional oven or stove.

  • Make sure that your appliances are Blue Star Energy approved.

  • Keep unused rooms closed off from the rest of the house.

  • Wherever you can, replace incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent lamps or LEDs.

  • Keep the fridge doors shut as much as possible and avoid placing hot items inside to cool.

  • Store bottles of tap water to drink in the fridge to reduce running water use.

  • Water the garden at night or during the coolest part of the day and if possible with borehole water.

  • Dry you laundry outdoors instead of in a tumble drier.

If you are already a home-owner, you can make even further savings by doing the following:

  • Take advantage of the summer rains and invest in a rainwater tank.
  • Use shade net or grow plants in your garden to provide shade and shield your home or windows from the heat.
  • Install dimmer switches or timers where appropriate. Turn off all lights that are not in use.
  • Take advantage of the hot sun and install some solar panels or a solar-powered geyser to save energy.
  • If you have a pool, keep it covered when not in use to reduce evaporation and avoid having to refill it too much.
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