CHANCES are you are reeling like everyone else with increasing electricity prices, not to mention load-shedding. You are sick and tired of the basically useless, sometimes costly suggestions on how to save electricity.
Your electricity consumption is dominated by one appliance, and that is your geyser. The average geyser is anything from 3kw to 4kw and is an electroholic when it comes to energy consumption.
The chances are that your geyser is a high-pressure one and is situated above your ceiling where you just can’t get near it.
I will never understand why designers insist on locating this vital piece of equipment out of sight and reach. If, God forbid, your geyser bursts or springs a leak, perhaps on its pressure relief valve, a common occurrence, you either have a drip from your ceiling or a drip running out from under your eaves.
To deal with the problem, often a simple solution, you engage a professional to climb up there to effect a repair.
If you have to replace your geyser, it is likely a hole has to be cut in your ceiling to accommodate this heavy bulky appliance.
If you have the finance, have your geyser removed without delay to the rear of your house, perhaps at your kitchen where it can be mounted on channel iron brackets about 1.5m above the ground on the outside wall.
Now you can see problems if and when they occur, and if you are a bit of a DIY guy, chances are, you will fix the problem yourself.
To save truly meaningful energy, turn off your geyser at its isolation switch, remove the cover over the electrical components and you will see the thermostat clearly marked with temperature grades and an adjustable arrow.
Adjust the arrow with an appropriate screwdriver to about 55°C. I guarantee yours is set way up near 70°C or above.
Your shower will be as hot, you will just use less cold water and you will save a fortune.
If necessary, when winter comes and the incoming water is appreciably colder, you may want to make a small adjustment. Now you can with no sweat (or cost).
-Conor Ward, Addo