Get a geyser blanket
The exact savings are hard to predict, but fitting a geyser blanket around your geyser and insulating your hot water pipes is recommended, says Palmer, as these prevent heat loss when the geyser is switched off. Geyser blankets range in price from R90 to R400 – only buy those that are SABS-approved, Eskom-endorsed and flameproof. DIY kits are available but it’s easiest to ask a plumber to install the blanket, at a cost of roughly R250–R450 per hour (it shouldn’t take longer than an hour). For more information, go to www.eskomdsm.co.za.