Have you ever wondered if turning off your water heater will actually help you save on your electricity bills? We didn’t know this, but apparently it’s a polarizing issue… Some people are vehemently opposed to the idea, saying that all the electricity you think you’ll save by turning off the geyser is immediately sucked back in when you turn it back on, while others blindly swear it’s one of the best ways to lower your electric bills.
So we did some research and have all the information you need to help you decide if you’re for or against geyser timers.
The logic behind turning off your geyser
Think of your geyser as a giant cauldron that heats the water inside to the set temperature of your geyser’s thermostat. When the heat drops this will alert the thermostat and the element will reheat the water to bring it back to the correct temperature. And this can happen 20 times a day or more.
That’s a lot of power, and most of us aren’t even home all day to appreciate it. It’s kind of a big waste.
Why some people want to keep their geysers on
Let’s say you turn off your geyser. It stands to reason that the element will consume more power after the hot water runs out and the new cold water refills the geyser chamber. So if you let a geyser cool down, it takes enormous amounts of energy to fully heat it up again.
Ultimately, turning off your geyser doesn’t save much power. This is why some people prefer to let their geysers run all day, every day.
Your goal is to reduce the energy consumption of your geyser. Not only will this be good for your monthly expenses, but you’ll also reduce your carbon footprint and basically be an environmental hero with more money in the bank.
Curious how to do this when it seems like you can’t win with either the geyser timer or the run-it-all-day approach? Fortunately, there is an answer, which we found in Eskom’s Residential Mass Rollout (RMR) program. Her recommendation is to install a geyser timer so you don’t heat your water all day and install a geyser blanket so the water stays warm and your geyser doesn’t heat ice cold water.
So a geyser timer + geyser blanket is your ideal answer if you want to save electricity and save on your electric bills.
Now let’s talk about geyser timers
Basically, a geyser timer is a timer that controls the switch that turns a water heater on and off at different times of the day. It works pretty much the same way a security light is set on a timer that controls when your lights turn on and off at different times to appear like someone is home.
These are the main advantages:
- For starters, a geyser timer allows you to control energy consumption. You control when and for how long it runs, which can help make your home more energy efficient.
- Second, these timers are very easy to use. So if you need to reheat water after the allotted hot water is ready, you can use the manual override switch.
- Finally, a geyser timer can extend the life of your geyser’s element by preventing overuse and unnecessary heating.
Oh, and we think it’s probably important to add that geyser timers don’t cause your geyser to break. Your instantaneous water heater is designed to withstand the temperatures and pressures involved in heating your water, so there’s no fear on that front.
Pair your geyser timer with a geyser blanket
The ultimate solution is to use a geyser timer and a geyser ceiling. We’ve explained how the timer will benefit you, but these results soar through the roof when you insulate your water heater from normal heat loss through the steel casing.
The way it works is that a geyser blanket keeps your hot water warmer longer, meaning your geyser doesn’t have to heat the water from a very cold temperature, saving you energy and money.
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