Electricity saving tips for winter

Winter is around the corner and the colder months usually mean an increase in energy consumption by South Africans.

With a 13% increase in Eskom electricity tariffs from the 1st of July 2015 as approved by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) as well as the price of petrol rising to up to R12.83 for 95 octane petrol inland on the 1st of April 2015, South Africans will need to look at ways of saving this winter.

“As we head towards winter we must be cognisant of electricity usage in order to to assist in reducing the risk of load shedding. A collective reduction on the electricity load could make a difference,” says Derek Wilson, Head of Hippo.co.za.

Ideas on how to save money this winter:

· Switch off your geyser when not in use.

· Install a geyser timer and geyser blanket in order to reduce the temperature setting on you geyser.

· Insulate your home by hanging thick curtains on all the windows and placing carpets on tiled or wooden floors.

· Reduce the setting on your pool pump in order for it to run for a shorter time.

· Switch off all appliances that are not in use.

· Use energy saving led equivalent lightbulbs.

· Reduce the temperature setting on your fridge/freezer.

· Use hot water bottles instead of heaters or electric blankets.

You are also able to save money on your existing car and home insurance, life insurance, medical aid cover, personal loans and business insurance by comparing from a range of SA services providers at Hippo.co.za. As an example, 8 out of 10 people could save an average of R427* per month by comparing and switching car insuranceat Hippo.co.za.

Hippo.co.za allows the consumer to save time and money by comparing quotes instantly online since Hippo directly sources quotes from the various providers quote engines, thus saving money that can be used as an example for purchasing energy saving lightbulbs and hot water bottles – which would allow for even further savings this winter. The online comparison feature is a free to use tool for consumers to help them find the right product.

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