Why does my electricity go up in winter

Have you recently opened your electricity account and wondered how on earth it is possible that I have consumed so much electricity?  

Did you know even if you are not using a heater during the colder months' it is still extremely easy for your electricity to soar?

  • During winter our geysers work harder to stay warm, even with the required insulation.
  • Believe it or not but we do use our stoves and ovens for longer periods. The colder the temperatures, the more likely it is for your appetite to grow.  Statistics show that apart from eating more during winter, we tend to eat foods that take longer to prepare. Soups, stews, curries and all those foods that give us the adrenaline to cope with the colder months, takes dramatically longer to cook than a chicken salad or quick stir fry.
  • How's your water intake during winter? The average person tends to drink less water and more coffee and tea during winter. Do you fill your kettle with exactly 250 ml of water for each cup when you prepare your coffee? Most people don't. Most kettles' minimum water level exceeds the 250 ml mark.
  • There is no better way to relax than to take a long hot bath while reading your favorite book or magazine. Unfortunately, that bath comes with a price tag.  
  • As you know the sun sets earlier in the winter and rise later than usual? The average person prefers not to stay in the dark.  This is evident from the chaos that erupts when we have yet another power outage.  As a result, we use our lights for longer than what we normally do in summer.  
  • Speaking of summer, we do tend to be outdoors more often during spring and summer.  But while we are couped up at home, a little bit of TV, radio or even sitting behind a computer, does have an effect on your power usage.

Some helpful hints to remember:
  • Most municipal tariffs have been implemented during August. Compare the units and not the final price. By law tariffs charged must be 100% the same as prescribed by the local municipality.
  • Compare your units from for example September 2019 with September 2018.
  • Take the units used and divide it with the days of the month. Once you have your average amount of units used, it is easier to see where your units have been used. Use our electricity calculator for guidance on how much electricity your appliances consume. Your fridge, for example, can use approximately 6 units of electricity per day.  (Check out our 'Be Fridge Savvy' blog for more details on how much electricity your fridge use.)

What about all the power interruptions? 
Surely I will use less electricity if the power was off for a day or two?
Remember that while your power was down you were not able to cook, washcloths, vacuum or do anything else that you wanted to do. These are all tasks that still need to be done. The utilisation of power is thus only delayed until such time as when the power comes back on.

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