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6 Ways To Slash Your Electricity Bill This Winter

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Property24 has published these 6 tips, click here to read the original article.

 

Even in a relatively warm country like South Africa, electricity usage skyrockets when winter comes around each year. In addition to this, electricity costs are still on the rise.

Luckily, there are quick, long-term energy saving solutions that homeowners can implement as we go into winter.

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 this season.

Cala van der Westhuizen, Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions, shares tips on how homeowners can save electricity this winter.

 

1  Mind the lights

LED Lights

One of the first things you can do is to replace all your conventional bulbs with highly efficient LED lighting. These typically require a tenth of the energy needed to power conventional bulbs.

Learning to better manage lighting can have a measurable effect on a household’s electricity spend. This is especially evident during winter, when the sun rises later and sets earlier.

One of the first things you can do is to replace all your conventional bulbs with highly efficient LED lighting. These typically require a tenth of the energy needed to power conventional bulbs.

Secondly, it is important to remember to only keep the lights on in the rooms that you use.

For those who are so inclined, take efficient lighting even further with intelligent circuits that automatically switch off lights in unused rooms.

2  Insulation is key

Double Glazing Windows

For the homeowner with money to invest, double glazing for windows and sliding doors is the next step.

Insulation is a low-cost measure with the biggest impact on reducing energy consumption.

Make sure that the home’s ceilings are properly insulated, and seal cracks or gaps in windowsills and door frames. For the homeowner with money to invest, double glazing for windows and sliding doors is the next step.

 

3  Heating water

Water heating accounts for over half of the average home’s electricity spend.

During winter, the amount of energy needed to heat water increases since regular geysers are not efficient at keeping heat from escaping.

Insulate exposed hot water pipes to reduce heat loss and turn down the geyser’s maximum temperature to 60 degrees celsius (from 50 degrees celsius in summer). This still provides enough hot water for the home, while using less energy.

You can stretch your savings even further by investing in a heat pump and hot water storage system. The system uses about a third of the total energy that would be used with a conventional geyser, and loses less than 3 degrees celsius during a 24-hour cycle even if placed outside.

The system can cut the home’s electricity costs by an estimated 50%.

 

4  Heating the home

Heaters account for a substantial portion of the home’s electricity spend. One of the quickest remedies is to replace all conventional heaters with wall heaters.

In a properly insulated home, these use significantly less energy while maintaining a comfortable temperature.

Installing a modern fireplace is also one of the best ways to quickly and cheaply heat a home.

 

5  Don’t forget your laundry

Laundry

It is best to view a dryer as something you should only indulge in on occasion. Try to only do laundry on sunny days or lighten the load with an energy efficient dryer.

A tumble dryer is often a lifesaver during winter, especially in areas with winter rainfall. However, running a dryer for two hours a day, five days a week adds another R240 to the average Pretoria or Cape Town home’s monthly electricity bill.

It is best to view a dryer as something you should only indulge in on occasion. Try to only do laundry on sunny days or lighten the load with an energy efficient dryer.

 

 

 

6  Go all out

ICON

A homeowner can opt for a complete integrated solution, like Energy Partners Home Solutions’ ICON Home Energy Hub and photovoltaic (PV) system. This can reduce a home’s yearly electricity costs by as much as 80%.

Finally, a homeowner can opt for a complete integrated solution, like Energy Partners Home Solutions’ ICON Home Energy Hub and photovoltaic (PV) system. This can reduce a home’s yearly electricity costs by as much as 80%.

While a complete system could cost upwards of R80 000, there are financing options available to bring these systems within the reach of qualifying homeowners.

With each passing winter becoming more and more expensive, homeowners need to adopt an energy-saving mindset at every available opportunity.

Nedbank Smart Living Solutions

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ENERGY PARTNERS AND NEDBANK PARTNER TO LAUNCH SMART LIVING SOLUTIONS INITIATIVE

 

Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of Energy Partners, and part of the PSG group of companies, in collaboration with Nedbank, is offering an exclusive campaign aimed at Nedbank Home Loan clients.

 

Cala van der Westhuizen, Spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, says that the Smart Living Solutions initiative, which officially launched on the 15 May, enables qualifying Nedbank clients to invest in energy saving products for their homes. “The cost of the systems are added to clients’ existing home loans. This means homeowners can install renewable and energy saving systems without the need to first raise cash or undergo lengthy credit application procedures. In most cases, the cost saving will be more than the increase in their loan repayments.”

 

“Nedbank has been the most progressive bank when it comes to clean sustainable energy and we see this as another opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to providing our clients with tangible solutions,” says Tim Akinnusi, Executive Head of Sales & Client management at Home Loans at Nedbank.

 

Akinnusi says “Nedbank Home Loans has gone beyond the sustainability agenda, to find innovative ways to help our clients save on their electricity bill in the short-term while investing in energy systems for long term value creation in their homes.”

 

Van der Westhuizen adds that South Africans will likely see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next few years. “That is why we advocate installing renewable solutions as soon as it is sensible to do so.”

 

Energy Partners has been one of South Africa’s top energy companies and has served many households with its Home Solutions Icon system. “We are excited about this venture and look forward to bringing state-of-the-art energy saving technology into the homes of the Nedbank Home Loan clients,” van der Westhuizen concludes.

Small businesses should consider renewable energy

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On December 30, 2017, Fin24 released an article featuring Mila Loubser, our head of Engineering Intelligence, and Cala van der Westhuizen, our Home Solutions marketing manager. The article discusses why small businesses should consider renewable energy.

Massive above-inflation tariff increases

The next eight years will likely see an above-inflation year-on-year electricity tariff increase of at least 6% to 8%.

The large investments Eskom is currently making in infrastructure are likely to affect energy tariffs in the near future. This will make it increasingly important for business owners to consider alternative sources of energy.

Since 2008 the average tariff increase in South Africa has been around 300%.

Possible carbon tax to be introduced

In light of the upcoming 2017 Budget Speech, we are also waiting to find out if the government will introduce a new carbon tax. If this is the case, tariff increases could be as high as 13%.

This trend will have the largest impact on small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

As we have seen in previous years, energy tariff hikes and other power related issues such as load shedding, had massive impacts on the operating costs and the already low profit margins of SMEs. There are, however, opportunities for smaller companies to reduce the impact of power costs and supply on their business.

SMEs should take advantage of the incentives provided for the installation of renewable energy solutions.

Renewable = Tax exemptions

SMEs need to keep in mind that they can claim a percentage of the cost of solar and other renewable energy solutions back from SARS. Some banks also offer financing to their business banking clients for renewable energy solutions.

Small businesses should consider renewable energy and also consider financing options from certain service providers. There are a number of benefits to installing solar energy solutions in small businesses. All of these benefits contribute to reducing operating costs and downtime in the event of power outages.


 

 

Read the full article here.

Energy Forecast Online – Going 50% off-grid is better than 100%

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Our marketing manager, Cala van der Westhuizen, spoke to Energy Forecast Online on December 5th, 2016. Van der Westhuizen spoke about alternative energy solutions and how these alternatives are becoming increasingly affordable, however, powering a home completely from renewable sources is still prohibitively expensive. To read the full article, read here.

South Africa is likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next eight years, with some conservative estimates placing the rise in tariffs at between 6% and 8% year-on-year.

This figure could be as high as 13% if carbon taxes are imposed, and even higher should the 300% increase over the past three years be any indication.

This news is driving some consumers to seriously consider taking their homes completely off-grid.

Van der Westhuizen notes however that smaller scale solutions could provide significantly more benefits than a fully off-grid option.

Achieving the optimal 60% to 70% electricity independence, according to Van der Westhuizen, starts with replacing some of the home’s heaviest electricity users with more efficient solutions.

“When it comes to lighting, LEDs are great replacements for traditional downlights, as they save far more electricity in the long run. Geysers account for as much as half of the electricity bill in many households, with large unnecessary energy wastage. This can be mitigated by a highly efficient heat pump or, in certain cases, solar geysers. Even these simple, affordable solutions can make a big difference,” he says.

Van der Westhuizen states that the next step is to install solar PV panels and a battery or inverter system. He notes that these are extremely effective in generating and storing energy.

“Energy Partners Home Solutions’ integrated home energy systems is a full solution, designed to reduce a home’s monthly electricity spend by around 70%. With a carefully planned and designed solution, the cost of the system’s installation could easily be recovered in five years,” he adds.


 

If you are interested in saving energy, please contact us.

HOMEMAKERS Expo Competition Winners 2016

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HOMEMAKERS EXPO Competition Winners

What an awesome story, a prize giving with a beautiful twist!

We ran a competition at the Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo, with the Energy Partners Home Solutions heat pump & tank as the grand prize. This included a 3.4kw heat pump with a 300l storage tank valued at R35 625.

The lucky winner was Mr. Zahoor Sunday from Landsdowne. When our Energy Experts contacted Mr. Sunday to arrange for the installation of his grand prize – we were humbled to hear this beautiful story:

Mr. Sunday and his brothers were helped raised by their uncle Mr. Muhammed and his wife. They spent a lot of time at their uncle’s house and they were like second parents. Mr. Muhammed continues to play a very important role in his life, especially after both of his parents passed away. He will always consult with Mr. Muhammed about big life decisions and his uncle will always give him guidance and share his wisdom.

Mr. Sunday asked us to install the EPHS prize in Mr. Muhammed’s home, to thank him for all that he has done.

heat pump winners

We feel incredibly privileged to have played a small role in paying it forward. Congratulations to the Muhammeds!

CNBC Africa Power Lunch

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Allan Matthews, our managing director, spoke to CNBC Africa in April 2016.

Solar PV installations should be fully considered by homeowners, to receive the energy returns expected. Partnering solar panels with inverters to create usable energy, as well as batteries to store excess, is the best solution. They also discuss the possibility of feeding back excess energy into the grid. Energy Partners Home Solutions offer a full home energy analysis, with an holistic approach. Get in touch to discuss alternatives for your home.