South Africa has recently seen a significant hike in electricity tariffs and with winter in full swing, this means even more money spent. Many of us savvy savers or environmental warriors would like to be totally clued up on what appliances consume the most energy, how to monitor their energy consumption and what sustainable alternatives are available. Well here at Sustainable.co.za, we are going to provide you with all that relevant information.
Electricity Monitors by Sustainable.co.za
One of the most effective and efficient ways of evaluating what appliances are using the most energy and how much, is by utilising an electricity monitor. Sustainable.co.za has an extensive array of electricity monitors to suite any home. The way in which one could use an electricity monitor is; to first monitor the amount of electricity used, then switch off a specific appliance such as a geyser and monitor your electricity consumption and evaluate the amount of electricity saved.
What Appliances Use The Most Electricity In Your Home?
Normal bulbs will use the least energy in your home, around 15 watts, but it’s good to note that although their energy consumption is low, they will be used more frequently adding to energy consumption.which use an average of 6 watts, are a viable option to reduce electricity.
Next is your refrigeration. On average the electricity consumption is around 400 watts. Again, although this may seem relatively low, it is running constantly.
The kitchen has many appliances that guzzle electricity. To put this statement into context:
- A hotplate between 1500 -2000 watts
- A dishwashing machine a staggering 2700
- A coffee machine 1200 watts
- Other House hold items
Other smaller household items also use a considerable amount of electricity but are not used frequently.
- A hairdryer between 1500 and 2000 watts
- A vacuum cleaner 1800
- Water pumping
Water pumps use a significant amount of electricity and need to run for about 8 hours per day.
- A swimming pool pumps uses on average 1200 watts
- Borehole pump, 2000 watts.
These appliances and their energy consumption will vary slightly depending on the house, the appliance and the usage patterns. Two prominent environmental products that Sustainable.co.za offer, are solar heating which harnesses power from the sun to warm water and that also harnesses power from the sun but converts this into energy to be used throughout the house.