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5 ways to lower your electricity bill

Published on: 04 July 2018

In South Africa, electricity prices have increased by over 350% since 2004.

Between the months of June to August, the country reaches its coldest temperatures, forcing thousands of citizens to increase their use of electric heat.

On average, South African families spend 14% of their total monthly income on energy needs. In fact, 2 out of 3 households use an energy source to heat up spaces and keep warm, while those remaining opt to wear warm clothing and use blankets instead.

While we cannot control the continuous increase in the cost of utilities, there are ways to save on your electricity bill, for instance:

  • Tracking your usage on a daily basis;
  • Turning off lights in unoccupied rooms;
  • Consider switching to solar heating;
  • Switching to LED bulbs or
  • Changing your power usage behaviour.

By following these tips, you could save a great deal of money. If you decide to go the route of switching to solar heating, which may involve renovations, make sure to double check your home insurance policy.

To learn more about how you can save energy while staying warm, here’s how to lower your heating bill and save money on insurance.