I used the solar oven extensively last summer, and changed all our light globes to CFL's. We also sold off / gave away all our power hungry gadgets. Who needs power hungry gadgets when you have manual implements which work as well, if not better, and all it takes is a little bit of human power to achieve the same result!?
The geyser has been set at 50oC (100oF) for the past 16 - 20 months - switching off the geyser, in summer, was a breeze LOL as the water in the geyser heated up in the roof of our house to the point that we didn't have to switch it on at all! In winter, we switch it on for one hour just prior to showering. As we don't have a handy isolation switch, this involves climbing on a chair to reach the main distribution board - a hassle!
For cooking purposes in winter we pulled out an old (about 25 years old!) two-plate gas cooker, and RSon invested in his own LP gas barbecue, which, until he moves into his own place, we are using as an oven.
|Two plate gas stove with bbq|
"oven" in the background
We boil our water in a whistling kettle on that gas "stove" - and ensure that we only boil as much as we need. And the whistle tells us exactly when it is ready.
I also got rid of our two electric heaters, and now, if we are cold of an evening, we either light a fire in our fireplace, or heat up a bean bag in the microwave (it takes 3 minutes on high to heat two bags simultaneously - in place of having a heater on all evening!). Snuggling under a blanket with the warm bean bag, we are toasty as can be whilst we watch TV / chat of an evening.
|Bean Bags filled with Pearl Barley|
But, with all the steps we have taken, I have had no way of establishing how much power we have saved, as we have only received estimate accounts since January this year. Today, finally, I received the account.
In comparison to the same period last year, we have saved 1755 kWh of electricity! A whole bunch of coal fired pollution has been saved from contaminating and drifting up into the atmosphere! And, financially - it equates to a saving of ZAR2843.45 (approximately US$271.79 or €191.68) in six months!
Bearing in mind that we run a business from our home, so we are here 24 / 7, and the kettle gets switched on a zillion times a day, I am well pleased with our efforts.
|Owl electricity monitor|
Be aware - that's all it takes :)