Inquinné Trading - Electrical Contractors Alberton: Facts about your geyser

Here at Inquinné Trading we believe in saving energy and money.

In this blog, we will again look at ways to do both by giving you more information on your geyser and how to save with it.

Is it worth manually switching your geyser on and off to save on your electricity?

Should you spend the money purchasing an automatic timer? Do you run the risk of icy showers in the morning?

Let’s start by giving a simplified explanation as to how a geyser works.

The water in the geyser is heated by an electrical element (a thermostat) to a particular temperature (which you set manually). If the water temperature ever drops below this set temperature, the geyser automatically switches on and heats it up again. In other words, it works like a large kettle, continuously heating its water.

The argument for:

By switching off the geyser you eliminate the possibility of the thermostat constantly drawing electricity to heat itself.

The argument against:

Once you turn the geyser back on (after a day of being off) it needs to heat itself from a far lower temperature, therefore it uses as much (if not more) electricity to heat it up again.

Debunking the myth:

The amount you spend on your geyser electricity has more to do with what kind of geyser you have and your frequency of use. The better the quality of the product and its insulation, the longer it will stay hot for. Secondly, if a lot of people are using one geyser more hot water is going to be used, which means cold water is going to have to be heated by the thermostat. This will use more energy. So essentially it comes down to the fact that modern geysers and piping generally have good insulation and maintain their set temperature without having to reheat themselves throughout the day (unless they are being emptied frequently).

So rather than having to switch the geyser on and off, try this:

Turn off your geyser when you’re going away for a weekend or holiday. Use less water in general (hot and cold). Invest in a well-insulated geyser and pipes. Consider using a renewable energy source such as a solar power geyser as opposed to electrical heating systems.

Contact Inquinné Trading for any of your electrical maintenance or installation needs.