All across South Africa people rely on electricity every day – from making a morning cup of coffee, to cooking dinner. Therefore, when it comes to the rising cost of electricity year-on-year, the whole country is feeling the heat.
Exorbitant electricity tariffs are especially true for Western Cape Northern Suburbs residents.
As part of the City of Cape Town, these residents are paying one of the highest electricity tariffs in the country. When Energy Partners Home Solutions heard Bok Radio DJ, Wimpie van der Sandt, complaining about his hefty electricity bills, we stepped in to help.
During the month of February 2017, we proved to Wimpie that an affordable, efficient, home energy solution could save him up to 70% on his electricity bill.
First, we sent one of our energy experts to Wimpie’s home to give him a free energy assessment. Everyone’s home and electricity needs are different – making each installation a custom exercise. That is why it was necessary to determine exactly what Wimpie’s requirements were, and pinpoint where the bulk of his electricity usage was coming from.
Basically, anything that warms up when you switch it on, is wasting energy.
In regular households with more than two members, the geyser is almost always the main culprit. It will account for more than 50% of the electricity use. This was no exception at Wimpie’s home.
The first thing we did was to replace Wimpie’s electric geyser with an energy-efficient water-heating system – comprising of a heat pump and an integrated water tank.
We have run various trials, and if you take an annual look at efficient water heating, heat pumps make the most sense in the Western Cape if you have the capital available.
Lights are also heavy electricity users. Replacing yours with energy-efficient LEDs is another simple, affordable way to save on your monthly electricity bill. An energy-efficient LED light bulb will cost you less than R100, but could save you ten times that in the long run.
Energy Partners Home Solutions also installed solar PV and our state-of-the-art Icon™ home energy system.
Solar PV puts the sun to work and enables Wimpie to generate his own electricity, while the Icon™ inverter and battery combo stores energy for use at night, and on cloudy days.
We checked in with Wimpie a month after the installation.
After checking his monitoring app installed on his phone, he was able to confirm that he had already saved R1 600 in the short month of February.
Depending on the size of your home and your energy requirements, you don’t need a large, expensive solution to enjoy big electricity savings. You can start small, and add different components as you start saving on your bills. Your solar energy investment will also increasing the value of your property.
To save on your electricity bill like Wimpie, get in touch for a free home energy assessment.
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Stay tuned to Bok Radio and guess how much energy Wimpie is going to save during the month of March 2017. SMS your answer, name and email address to 45989. The first person with the closest correct guess, will walk away with the same amount of cash Wimpie ends up saving on electricity in March. Entries close 31 March 2017 (T’s and C’s apply).