It has been reported that electricity consumption in South Africa has increased by 504 GWh (or 2.5%) compared to that of last year. Mpumalanga has produced the biggest demand increase with a consumption increase of 4.2%. This means that more and more electricity is being consumed at a faster rate and we need to start taking measures to save electricity at work. After all, work consumption accounts for a big portion of the overall demand.
Follow these steps in order to save electricity at work:
- Turn off appliances if you are the last in the office.
- Switch off the lights when leaving.
- Use manual doors rather than electric doors.
- Switch off your computer monitor if you are leaving for a short while.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. Doing this will save huge amounts of electricity at your work while keeping you fit!
- Switch the lights off during the day if your office has enough windows to let the sunshine in.
- Set computers to go into standby mode if not used within 10 minutes and hibernation mode if not used within 30 minutes.
- Use programmable climate control instead of having the air-conditioner on all the time.
- Purchase energy efficient office equipment such as copiers, faxers and scanners.
- Install energy efficient light bulbs in all sockets.
The amount of energy being produced is not enough to keep up with the increasing demand of South Africa. Although this is not your fault, we all need to step in and try make a difference so that South Africa’s economy can continue to grow. Do your part and save electricity at work!