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December 2017

Tariff increase highlights homeowners’ need for alternative energy solutions

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The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) today presented its decision regarding Eskom’s proposed 26.9% increase in electricity tariffs for municipalities, announcing that the national utility has the green light to raise prices by 5.2% from 1 July 2018.

Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies, comments that the financial burden on consumers in relation to utility tariffs is becoming unsustainable.

“Nersa received over 23 000 responses regarding Eskom’s application, which shows that consumers are becoming increasingly vocal about the fact that they can no longer afford exponentially increasing energy costs. In light of this it is becoming ever more important for homeowners to consider alternative sources of electricity to power their homes. Unlike coal-fired power, alternative energy solutions have become more affordable and accessible to consumers.”

According to van der Westhuizen, the average home’s electricity spend can be reduced substantially through the use of innovative energy efficiency and alternative energy solutions.

“Homeowners can use their own discretion as to how much they want to save and invest in energy efficiency, but most will find that even small changes could make a noticeable difference. Simple measures like replacing the home’s regular light bulbs with energy efficient LED lighting can already cut the average household’s monthly electricity bill by as much as 30%. More advanced options like replacing the conventional geyser with a heat pump and hot water storage solution can reduce the home’s reliance on the national grid by up to 50%.”

Van der Westhuizen says that a larger installation, which includes a solar photovoltaic system, heat pump, energy storage and energy management system can shrink the home’s total monthly energy costs by up to 80%.

“Even though renewable energy is becoming more affordable and will result in future savings; initial installation cost is still one of the major challenges for most homeowners. A fully integrated solution will cost anything from R80,000. Luckily, there are various types of financing available which make these solutions accessible to consumers while still achieving significant savings each month.”

Van der Westhuizen advises all homeowners to evaluate their home’s energy needs and to find out what renewable energy solutions will work for their home. “An energy solutions service provider can provide an accurate assessment of not only what the home needs, but also which solutions would be the best suited for the home – whether this is a rooftop solar installation, heat pumps or other options.”

Energy Partners Home Solutions offers customised solar solutions, as well as various financing options for consumers. “As a registered financial services provider, many of our clients purchase systems that are financed by us and which they can easily pay off over time,” van der Westhuizen concludes.

For a no-obligation consultation with a highly experienced energy consultant, contact Energy Partners Home Solutions on 0861 000 606. For more information, visit www.poweryourself.co.za.

 

About Energy Partners Home Solutions

Energy Partners, part of the PSG group of companies, has helped some of South Africa’s most well-known businesses save on their energy costs for over seven years. Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, brings the same award-winning solutions to the residential and SME markets by combining state of the art energy e­fficiency technology, solar PV systems and expertise with Energy Partners Home Solutions’ own advanced products. By partnering with Energy Partners, clients can reduce their monthly electricity bills by up to 70%. For more information visit http://www.poweryourself.co.za/ or contact 0861 000 606.

About Energy Partners

Founded in 2008, Energy Partners is a leading energy solutions provider in South Africa that provides clients with innovative solutions (including fully outsourced supply contracts – e.g. steam generation) to suit their needs. Energy Partners has built a high quality team of talented individuals and robust processes which offer end-to-end solutions and integrate the different components of energy optimisation to deliver optimum results – including capital solutions that put clients in a positive cash flow positions from day one. Industries in which Energy Partners specialise include: food retail, retail, healthcare, hospitality, food processing and logistics. For more information visit www.energypartners.co.za

About PSG

PSG Group is an investment holding company consisting of underlying investments that operate across industries which include financial services, banking, private equity, agriculture and education. PSG Group has a market capitalisation in excess of R40bn, with our largest investment being a 30,7% interest in Capitec.

Additional group companies include Energy Partners, Impak, Curro and Capitec.

Energy Partners sparks joy for animal shelter

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28 November 2017: Having recently completed a solar energy generation system at the Panorama Veterinary Clinic & Specialist Centre to substantially reduce electricity bills, Energy Partners Home Solutions has also been working to do its part for the animals under the clinic’s care.

Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies, says that the company has now focused its efforts towards driving food and cash donations for the Lucky Lucy Foundation.

Van der Westhuizen explains that the Lucky Lucy Foundation is a registered non-profit organisation (NPO) that works tirelessly to relieve the plight of severely neglected and abused animals.

“Our client, Panorama Veterinary Clinic, not only provides top tier service to their patients, but also to the animals of the Lucky Lucy Foundation. Seeing our client’s passion for this cause has also inspired us to make a difference in the lives of these animals. As a result, Energy Partners Home Solutions has decided to partner with Panorama to make sure that even more is done to ensure their welfare.”

He adds that Energy Partners Home Solutions started by putting together a campaign, hosted by Bok Radio, to raise money for much needed medical supplies for the animals of Lucky Lucy Foundation.

In addition, Energy Partners and Panorama have been running a social media campaign during October to drive food donations for the shelter. “Our campaign, which ran until the end of October, invited social media users to guess the amount of money the Panorama Veterinary Clinic will save on their electricity bill in the month of October as a result of their newly installed solar photovoltaic system. Congratulations to Elsie Malan, whose guess was the closest to the correct amount of R4506. Instead of taking her cash prize, Malan decided to donate the amount to the Lucky Lucy Foundation. This inspired everyone at Energy Partners so much that we decided to match her donation,” van der Westhuizen says.

“We handed over the R 9 012 and 2x 12 kg canine adult medium hills food to Lucky Lucy at Panorama Veterinary Clinic on Friday 24 November. We want to encourage everyone to join us in helping to make the lives of Lucky Lucy’s animals better,” Van der Westhuizen concludes.

About Energy Partners Home Solutions

Energy Partners Home Solutions (EPHS) offer clients holistic and innovative home energy solution guaranteed to realise significant savings on a household’s energy bills. In 2016, the organisation launched its ground breaking new product, the ICON Home Energy Hub. The first solar inverter and battery combination developed specifically for the South African residential market.

The ICON forms part of a full home energy solution, including Solar PV, Batteries, Heat Pumps and LED lights. By combining these technologies, Energy Partners (EPHS) is able to provide significantly better savings and financial returns than other solutions: a family sized home could save up to 70% of their electricity bill and earn more than 16% return on their investment – twice what a standard PV-only solution would provide. For more information visit: www.poweryourself.co.za

About Energy Partners

Founded in 2008, Energy Partners is a leading energy solutions provider in South Africa that provides clients with innovative solutions (including fully outsourced supply contracts – e.g. steam generation) to suit their needs. Energy Partners has built a high quality team of talented individuals and robust processes which offer end-to-end solutions and integrate the different components of energy optimisation to deliver optimum results – including capital solutions that put clients in a positive cash flow positions from day one. Industries in which Energy Partners specialise include: food retail, retail, healthcare, hospitality, food processing and logistics. For more information visit www.energypartners.co.za

About PSG

PSG Group is an investment holding company consisting of underlying investments that operate across industries which include financial services, banking, private equity, agriculture and education. PSG Group has a market capitalisation in excess of R40bn, with our largest investment being a 30,7% interest in Capitec.

Additional group companies include Energy Partners, Impak, Curro and Capitec.

EPHS Holiday Power Savings

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Are rising electricity tariffs getting you down? Lighten up your festive season with these 7 energy saving tips.

By this time of the year, most of us have less spring in our step and more slump in our shoulders. Luckily, the December holidays are just around the corner. While you relax and recharge your batteries for the new year, try these 7 tips for saving energy:

  1. Be festive with solar.

Whether you power your whole household with solar PV panels, or simply decorate your home and Christmas tree with solar lights, every bit helps when it comes to saving electricity this festive season.

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  1. Do more than just switch off.

Before you lock up your home and hit the road for the holidays, be sure to not only switch off all of your lights and appliances, but also unplug them from the wall sockets. Electronics that are plugged in can “leak” up to 0.05 kWh, even if they are switched off. That is the equivalent of wasting about R0.05 to R0.10 worth of electricity every hour that you are away, which can equate to more than R30 per appliance over a two-week holiday!

  1. Braai for a South African Christmas.

The festive season is a time for sharing good food with family and friends. This year, rather than cooking traditional roasts (which are more suited to cooler climates in any case) consider having a braai on Christmas Day. Not only will the electricity-hungry oven be switched off, but you will be spending less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the company of your favourite people.

If you need inspiration for an electricity-free feast, take a look at this video on how to prepare a Christmas braai.

  1. Go off-grid for a few days.

Consider breaking away to a camping spot or a remote cabin where there is no electricity or cellphone reception. This is a great way to save electricity while you relax and reconnect with your loved ones in the absence of digital distractions. Remember to pack your LED flashlights and solar-powered lanterns!

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  1. Give a gift that keeps on saving.

Why not help those close to you save electricity too? Solar jars and candles make good, inexpensive gifts. Also look for energy-efficient or battery-operated alternatives to gifts that require power to work.

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  1. Be energy-savvy with your bonus.

Many people use their year-end bonuses to purchase large, pricier household items, such as new electronic appliances. When you go shopping, look out for the latest, energy-efficient models. For example, an Energy Partners Home Solutions heat pump absorbs ambient air and converts it into energy to heat water much more efficiently than a regular electrical geyser. In fact, it will decrease your cost of water heating by as much as 70%! When it comes to cooking, one of the latest energy-savvy innovations is an induction stove, which turns magnetic energy (from the steel pot touching the stove top) into heat energy. Also look out for efficient washing machines and dishwashers that not only use less electricity because they work better and faster, but will also help you to save water.

Remember that if you invest in a new energy-efficient appliance this season, it will pay off well into the new year, when electricity tariffs will be even higher.

  1. Give your fridge and freezer a break.

Fridges and freezers use a lot of electricity. Going on holiday is a good excuse for clearing them out, giving them a summer spring clean and unplugging them for a few days. In the spirit of giving, donate any unwanted food to people in need.

Another great way to ensure your fridge is running more efficiently in 2018 is by checking that the rubber seal around the door is still intact and seals properly. If you plan on living leaner this January and not have a lot of food in your fridge, consider this tip: Cold items keep other items cold, which means that an empty fridge has to work harder to retain its low temperature. So, to increase your fridge’s efficiency even when stocks are low, fill it with a few large bottles of water.

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Save energy throughout the year.

An efficient home energy system can help you save up to 70% on your monthly electricity bill. To find out more, call Energy Partners Home Solutions on 0861 000 606 for a free, non-obligatory home energy assessment or visit www.poweryourself.co.za.

Energy Partners, part of the PSG group of companies, has been helping some of South Africa’s most well-known businesses save on their energy costs for over seven years. Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, brings the same award-winning solutions to the residential and SME markets by combining state of the art energy e­fficiency technology, solar PV systems and expertise with Energy Partners Home Solutions’ own advanced products. By partnering with Energy Partners, clients can reduce their monthly electricity bills by up to 70%. For more information visit http://www.poweryourself.co.za/ or contact 0861 000 606.

 

Preparing for the electricity tariff increases before it hits

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South Africans could be paying over 26% more for electricity in 2018. Here’s how you can soften the blow.

 

Preparing for the electricity tariff increases before they hit

Eskom could soon announce significantly higher electricity tariffs for 2018.

Eskom recently announced that they want to increase their electricity tariffs for municipal customers by a whopping 26.9% from 1 July 2018. The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) is reviewing the proposed increase and will announce its decision on 13 December 2017. If it gives Eskom the green light, it will be yet another blow to South Africans’ pockets.

The good news is that there are energy alternatives that can, in fact, help you to save money on electricity. It is now easier and more affordable than ever before for homeowners to become less dependent on the grid and to generate their own clean, free energy. In fact, a state-of-the-art, properly installed home energy system can help you to cut your electricity bill by up to 70% (and in some instances even more). So, make your home immune to yet another electricity tariff hike by powering yourself with efficient energy solutions.

Efficient energy solutions versus the new Eskom tariffs.

The question is: What will the state of your electricity bill be once the new Eskom tariffs kick in, and will these efficient energy solutions really make a difference?

Take a look at the graph below. Here you can see a comparison between four possible situations for an average household with a current electricity bill of R2 500. Each grouping represents different variances of energy efficiency and self-generation that range from having nothing installed, to owning a highly efficient water heating solution (from R31 365*[i]), a full home energy solution (from R110 399*) and being 100% off the grid (starting from R233 294*). The graph shows what the electricity bill would be in each of these scenarios before and after the suggested tariff hike. If the proposed electricity price increase comes into effect, the household that is fully dependent on the grid will be paying R3 125 by the middle of 2018. That equates to an extra R625 per month, which is money that could be spent on another bag of groceries every month, or invested in education or a savings account.

What is most apparent is that the household that installed a full home energy system will be saving more than R2 000 per month after the tariff hike. If you consider that this system can generate electricity for up to 25 years, the investment value starts to make a lot of sense.

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There obviously is the question of affordability and if you, like most South Africans, have tightened your belt, you will be glad to hear that a home energy system is easier to afford than what you might think. Our systems are excellent investments and typically generate a return of 15% or more on what you have spent. We do, however, understand that not all homeowners have the cash on hand to purchase a system right away. That is why we offer three easy options for you to install an energy-saving system:

  1. Cash purchase: We offer best-in-class technology designed by our expert engineers and installed by our highly experienced teams. You can expect to pay competitive pricing for an investment that will not only save you a lot of money, but also add value to your home.
  2. Financed purchase: As a registered financial services provider, we can tailor-make a financed purchase that suits your budget and requirements. We aim to make your payment as close to your savings as possible, and after the agreed period the system belongs to you and will provide you with free electricity for another 20 years or longer.
  3. Performance Lease Agreement (PLA): You can lease a system from us at a rate determined by the energy generated and used by your household. With the only cost being a very low installation fee this is the easiest way to get a system on your roof and start sharing in the savings immediately. Many clients find that, thanks to their savings, they are soon able to purchase the system.

You can read more about Energy Partners Home Solutions’ smart energy solutions here.

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Energy Partners Home Solutions’ comprehensive, efficient home energy systems lead to significant electricity savings and very happy clients.

 

To find out more about powering yourself, call Energy Partners Home Solutions on 0861 000 606 for a free, no-obligation home energy assessment or visit www.poweryourself.co.za.

Energy Partners, part of the PSG group of companies, has been helping some of South Africa’s most well-known businesses save on their energy costs for over seven years. Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, brings the same award-winning solutions to the residential and SME markets by combining state of the art energy e­fficiency technology, solar PV systems and expertise with Energy Partners Home Solutions’ own advanced products. By partnering with Energy Partners, clients can reduce their monthly electricity bills by 70%. For more information visit http://www.poweryourself.co.za/ or contact 0861 000 606.

[i] all prices stated are exclusive of VAT and estimates that do not include non-standard design, installations and specific requirements. Contact EPHS today to have one of our experts help you find out what a solution would cost you.

 

Eskom lowers tariff application

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Eskom interim CFO Calib Cassim making closing remarks at energy regulator Nersa’s public hearing in Midrand. Picture: Moneyweb

Power giant Eskom has lowered its tariff application for 2018/19 from an average 19.9% for its direct customers to 18.9% and 27.5% to 26.9% for municipalities.

The utility announced adjustments at the closing of energy regulator Nersa’s public hearings about the application.

Nersa is expected to announce its decision on December 7. The new tariffs will take effect on April 1 for Eskom’s direct customers and July 1 for municipalities and their customers.

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Eskom interim CFO Calib Cassim said Eskom’s revenue requirement has dropped by R6.6 billion to R212.8 billion after it excluded costs to be paid to some Independent Power Producers (IPPs) for renewable energy. The original application included some projects that would not be ready to sell electricity to Eskom during 2018/19 and these are the ones that have now been removed.

This led to a reduction of R7 billion in the revenue requirement.

Eskom then added R450 million to its primary energy cost to replace the volume of energy those renewables would have supplied with coal generation.

The net effect is a revenue reduction of R6.6 billion.

Eskom’s sales forecast has also been revised downward based on more recent sales figures. It has revised its expected sales volumes to standard customers downward from 192 953GWh to 188 082GWh.

The net effect is that, according to Eskom’s calculations, standard customers should pay 18.9% more and not 19.9%.

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