The Truth about Energy Efficient Windows. At Saving Energy , we have looked at many different options on energy efficiency from insulation to LED lighting. While we know that energy in the form of heat escapes through the roof ,walls and floors in a home , the one area we have not yet explored are the windows. If you look around your home , see how much glass there is - quite a lot? Those windows are another avenue that energy escapes and while many of us have installed ceiling insulation ,closed up the cracks and gaps in doors and walls, how many of us have considered the windows? The question is do you have energy efficient windows , or is a lot of your money flying out the window? Advances in … More
Is your energy money flying out the Window? We look at the reality of Energy Efficient Windows.
THE National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) has given Eskom greater leeway to run its open cycle gas turbines (OCGT) for longer periods, which will help ease the utility’s dire financial position but will lead to higher prices for consumers next year. Last year, Nersa approved the clawback of R7.8bn for the 2013-14 year, which resulted in 5% being added to the 8% tariff for this year. It is uncertain what the tariff will be in 2016-17. So , in April of 2015, your price of electricity will rise by 13% - expectations are that the tariffs may rise as much as 20% in 2016 .. Have a look at the price table and see what these tariff rate increases REALLY mean for us. With the likely outcome … [Read More...]
New and Exciting Prospects for the year ahead. Happy New Year everyone! Well, I am not so sure that it will be happy , considering the current state of our electricity supply in South Africa. Having said that , there are some exciting developments happening in 2015 - in fact one that has already happened! The Saving Energy Store. The easiest way to find prices and book your geyser timer installations. Over the past 18 months or so , anyone looking to find out about a price for geyser timer and geyser blankets had to do it the 'old fashioned way ' by filling in a form and then waiting for me to respond with a price. While I was pretty fast with our responses ( faster on the draw than an Old West … [Read More...]
It's time to Solar, Baby! Unless you have been on another planet for the last few weeks , or in another country that doesn't have ESKOM as it's electricity supplier , you probably have experienced a round or two of load shedding. In the "dura-math" (that's the current version of an aftermath) , ESKOM are pretty much asking EVERYONE to please use less power wherever and whenever possible. As well as their big mines and other heavy industry clients, ESKOM are also directing those pleas at us, the household consumer. We, here are 5 great reasons to Solar right now. REASON 1 - it's going to get more expensive as times goes by : As the energy crisis deepens in South Africa and across the world, demand … [Read More...]
Facts and Fiction – Separating truth and myth.
Energy & Water Saving Shower Heads - Do they work? The simple answer is "Oh yes." Earlier this week, I collected my energy & water saving shower head from my local Postnet. Clare Anderton from Oxygenics in Cape Town had sent me one to test … [Read More...]
Geyser timers do Save Energy. There has been much ado about whether geyser timers actually work effectively to save your energy. Russell Brown , an independent energy consultant published this feature below on the Full Circle Mag site and has … [Read More...]
Your best friend for Saving Energy – The Geyser Timer
Geyser timer A geyser timer is a simple device does exactly what it says. It controls the time that your geyser comes on and switches off. With the geyser permanently on, everytime the water temperature in the geyser falls below the set temp, it … More
Keep your Geyser Warm – and Save Energy
Geyser Blanket- Simple and Effective. This is a geyser blanket, looks cosy doesn't it? Well, it is for your geyser. By insulating the geyser against normal heat loss through the steel casing, the geyser blanket keeps your hot water hot for … More
Shower Heads that make Cents!
Energy saving Shower Heads. At first glance , this may seem to be a crazy concept...but bear with us...just think about how long you spend in a shower. With the water and electricity that you use in a normal shower , you could reduce that as a … More
Solar power to electricity-smart idea!
Solar Panels Solar Panels also know as Photo Voltaic cells use some simple science to generate electricity. Whether on a solar-powered calculator or an international space station, solar panels generate electricity using the same principles of electronics as chemical batteries or standard … More
It’s Free Hot Water.
The Solar Geyser This is a solar geyser. Simple really...the sun heats the water in the pipes and transfers it back to the holding tank. Then , when you want hot water, you turn on the tap and voila! You have probably seen these all over South Africa , especially in low cost housing areas as … Read More
Solar Water Heating Solutions
Solar Water Heaters A solar water heater is precisely that - it heats water using the sun's energy and provides for more efficient access to hot water for your home or business. There are two different versions of this idea , the first being the Solar Water Heater using evacuated tubes. How … More
The Sun – An Energy Powerhouse
Solar Energy Solar Energy - Energy Efficiency At it's best. The sun an Energy powerhouse of incredible proportions. In one HOUR , the earth absorbs more energy than the world uses in ONE YEAR. This is the power of the sun. If the sun’s power output for a single second could be harnessed, it … More
The Heat Pump – An Energy Lifesaver
The Heat Pump - How does it work? Simply put, a heat pump is a device that uses a small amount of energy to move heat from one location to another. Not too difficult, right? Heat pumps are typically used to pull heat out of the air or ground to heat … More
Heat Pumps for Business
Commercial Heat Pumps While many consumers look to more efficient systems to create and manage hot water, businesses that utilise hot water as an integral part of their operations are also seeking ways to be more efficient. By having cost … More