# How can Home owners & Home Renters save on Electricity

With the continuous increases of **petrol **and **electricity** we’ve been observing in South Africa , it has become important, now more than ever, for both **home owners** and **home renters **to find ways to reduce their energy consumption in their homes.

Whether you own/are renting a bachelor pad, a one bedroom or a 7 bedroom home we are all consuming energy that we need to pay for, either after or before consuming it. Therefore, it is important to know how much energy your home is consuming on a monthly basis and what can be done to reduce any wasteful consumption.

You might be asking yourself …”okay Boitumelo so where do we start?” Well…a good start is by**:** **1.Critical analysis of your electricity bill 2. Stock taking of electrical appliances **

If you are on prepared as most South Africans are, you need to keep copies of all the recharge vouchers. There are service fees we are subjected to depending how how much electricity we purchase, therefore reducing the electricity consumption ensures you also pay less on service fees.

## Critical Analysis of Electricity Bill/ recharge voucher

### Understanding the electricity bill

Electricity is measured in units of power called **watts.** A watt is such a small amount of power that the more commonly used measurement is the kilowatt, which represents 1 000 watts.

**What is a kilowatt-hour?**

The amount of electricity used over a period of time is measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh). Kilowatt-hours are determined by multiplying the number of kilowatts required by the number of hours of use.

## Stock taking of Electrical Appliances

It is important to remember this: ** the higher the wattage or kilowatt rating of a particular appliance, the more electricity it consumes. ** It is therefore important to that you know and understand the wattage of all appliances in your home.

**How much does it cost to use an appliance?**

Firstly, you need to know how many watts your electrical appliance uses and track the hours each appliances is for on a daily basis. This will help you to estimate how much it will cost you to use that appliance.

**Example:**

If you use a 60 watt light bulb 5 hours a day for 30 days, you have used 60 watts of power for 150 hours.

60 watts x 150 hours = 9 000 watt-hours of electrical energy.

Divide the 9 000 watt-hours by 1 000 to get to 9 kilowatt-hours (kWh).

Once you have calculated the amount of kilowatt-hours you are using for a particular appliance per month,** you must calculate what this means in Rand terms.**

For Eskom’s small customer tariffs, the electricity is sold in cents per kilowatt-hour (c/kWh). This is called the energy charge. The energy charge differs, depending which tariff you are on.

Multiply the amount of kWh consumed by the energy rate (c/kWh) applicable to your tariff, in order to calculate the cost of running the appliance, and divide by 100 to get to the Rand value.

**So, what does your home energy consumption look like? How do you keep track of this?**

**Please share tips you use to help you cope with all these electricity tariff hikes. Cant wait to hear from you 🙂 **