Today we talk about “Energy Saving Appliances”.
In a standard house we have some big electricity gobblers, and from highest user down to the lowest, (it can depend from house to house) they would be:
- Electric geyser
- Pool pump
- Stove (depends how often you cook).
- Tumble drier
- Washing machine
Since we will talk about the electric geyser separately next time we will leave that for now.
Heating and cooling
Most of our houses were built such that in winter they need heating and in summer they need cooling. For all the fortunate new home owners this can be easily planned into the construction of the house with the help of your architect to plan your house as passively as possible. Your house will be built such that the house stays cool in summer and warm in winter. House orientation, placement of windows, insulation in roofs etc will be incorporated into this planning.
And what about us poor mortals in existing houses?
We can try and moderate heating and cooling in our house by placing insulation in our roofs and UV filter screens on our windows. The objective here is to try and bring down the total days of needing heating and cooling. Instead of using electric heaters one can opt for gas heating and fans instead of air conditioners for cooling. There are new energy efficient air conditioners available now as well. Fireplaces have also evolved into clean burning and energy efficient units. We have many local heating and cooling experts that would be able to advise accordingly. The ultimate would be to do an energy audit in your house in order to find your biggest culprits and work from there.
One can get energy efficient pool pumps, your local pool agent can advise. A very effective way of reducing pool pump costs is to reduce your pool pump running times. A pool pump timer is a must.
Gas stoves are great. These days one can get so many varieties of gas stoves and ovens.
Incandescent globes are out, they are huge electricity gobblers. LED globes are the future, getting better all the time and most importantly some 95% more energy efficient. In their infancy LED lighting did not offer a good quality colour like our old predecessors, but that has all changed and you cannot see the difference between an old globe and a new LED globe nowadays.
One can change to the stove top kettles, but luckily we do not use kettles for hours at a time, so not that essential.
We all want toast, but again not used for hours at a time, so not essential.
Tough one I must admit. Anybody got advice out there?
In the beautiful sunshine we have out here, why not use the traditional washing line?
One can get very energy efficient washing machines these days, again many options to choose from.
Fridges with the 3 star energy rating is a must, they are extremely efficient.
That’s it for this month,