Electricity costs

Load-shedding is nothing new for South African citizens. But load shedding is one thing, power outages are another. Online consumer champion, Hippo.co.za urges you to protect your household items and save on costs.


Derek Wilson, Head of Hippo.co.za, says, “Power cuts do not just cause inconvenience in terms of not having electricity, they can also cause irreparable damage your appliances. You are able to get power surge plugs for protection, but also look at how you can save on energy costs as part of being a responsible consumer, for example:


Washing machine:

  • Use cold water wherever possible and do not overload the machine as this causes it to use more energy.



  • Reduce the heat settings on your dishwasher and disable the heat drying method; let your dishes dry naturally instead.



  • Do not put warm food in the refrigerator, as this requires the appliance to work harder and as a result, use more energy.
  • Thaw frozen food inside the fridge, as this will keep it cooler, resulting in less energy being used.
  • Place your refrigerator out of sunlight and away from heat-emitting appliances as this results in the refrigerator motor working harder.
  • Reduce your temperature settings in winter as temperatures are already low and this assists with decreasing energy consumption.


“At least 8 out of 10 Hippo customers have saved an average of R348 per month on their home and car insurance, Wilson concludes, “Ensure that you have the best cover for your household appliances by comparing from a range of household insurance providers on Hippo.co.za.


Established in 2007, hippo.co.za is South Africa’s leading comparison website that helps consumers save money by comparing a range of SA providers across financial products such as car insurance, home insurance, life insurance, medical and more. Hippo is free to use and saves consumers the time and hassle of shopping around for the best deal since the Hippo.co.za website instantly retrieves real-time quotes from the different providers using the latest Internet technology. At least 8 out of 10 people could save an average of R427 per month* on their car insurance.

Hippo.co.za makes money by simply charging its partners a fee when a customer chooses to find out more about their products. The results consumers see, and the order in which they are presented, is in no way influenced by the fee hippo.co.za charges its partners or any other factors other than the price of the product being compared. 


For more information, visit us on www.hippo.co.za, connect with Hippo on LinkedIn, http://www.linkedin.com/company/hippo-comparative-services-pty-ltd/, like us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/HippoSA, and follow us on Twitter @Hippo_co_za and YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/user/hippocompare.


Hippo Comparative Services (Pty) Ltd is an authorized financial services provider (FSP number: 16357).


*Average savings based on a representative market research survey conducted by Kaufman Levin Associates, on behalf of Hippo.co.za in May 2014.  Risk Profile Dependent.

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