Darker ( and more expensive) days are drawing near…
With just 7 days to go before the official end of summer for 2017 ( hard to believe), the long summer days will slowly turn into the Autumn and then the dark winter nights.
While most of us don’t look forward to these impending cold days, ESKOM will be rubbing their hands with glee!
As of June 1, ESKOM bring out their Golden Goose – the High Demand Tariff – and unleash it on all and sundry without mercy like a hurricane on a small island.
Over the winter months, the ESKOM tariffs bulk up massively as if they have taken the most potent steroids on the market and go from a 60Kg weakling to a 120KG Powerhouse!
On average at present , the peak demand tariff is about 90c / Kwh BUT, once winter sets in that JUMPS to around R2,90 / Kwh..this is why your electricity bill SKYROCKETS in Winter.
This impact is especially heavy for residential complexes being billed on Peak, Standard and Off peak demand tariffs as well as KVA usage as during the winter many of their residents will use heaters to warm up their flats.
While this may contribute to an increased usage, by far the biggest guzzlers are the geysers – the UNPROTECTED Geysers.
The real culprits of high winter usage – Geysers!
In many of the residential complexes I have been to, I see the same type of layout for the geysers. Due to the smaller spaces in the units themselves, developers have placed the geysers in outside channels either under their stairwells or in vertical concrete channel adjacent to the stairwells.
Due the fact that the concrete is probably 20cm-30cm thick, they block out all heat from moving into those spaces and so the geysers are effectively in a natural fridge!
Inside those channels , the geysers continuously release the heat from the hot water upwards and cold air flows in..even during summer, the temperature in those channels would be 10 degrees or more lower than the ambient and so, the geysers simply run 24/7 through the heating and re-heating cycle.
In winter, when the temperatures drop to single digit figures overnight and low teens during the days, this effect is greatly heightened and this is where most of the winter electricity goes – into THIN Air!
As the temperature drops inside the channel, a geyser heating to 60°C will be losing heat at a rapid rate and re-heating just as fast! Because there is no sunlight able to permeate the channels, they become like fridges, with temperatures barely getting above 10°C even during summer and dropping to the low single figures for most of winter – even during the day!
So, this orgy of consumption simple goes on unabated for months on end and your electricity costs spiral out of control!
This increase can be as high as 65%-70%* ( *usage increase as seen at Kyalami Hills during winter of 2016) on the peak demand usage alone resulting in massive monthly bills for both residents and the body corporate!
This increase was also seen on the standard demand tariff as well.
The combined impact of this was an invoice value increase from R190 000 in May to R490 000 in August – R300 000 or 157%!
Can you afford that this winter?
Don’t panic- there is a proven solution.
Whether you are living in a residential complex or free standing home, the high winter usage will affect you.
We as South Africans tend to be REACTIVE rather than Pro-active..we will wait for our bills to skyrocket and THEN decide to do something about it, rather than acting BEFORE the crunch really bites!
The solution is very simple – INSULATE and REGULATE your geysers BEFORE we hit the colder seasons starting with Autumn – that’s March…
Frankly, this summer hasn’t been much of one, with a lot of rain and on average cooler daytime and night time temperatures throughout the season.
If you have noticed your electricity bills getting higher – that’s your geyser!
At Saving Energy we have created a solution especially designed to significantly CUT the peak demand usage and overall usage at both Residential Complexes, businesses and homes as we approach the colder seasons.
It is highly effective for both cost and reducing energy usage and this has been proven over the last 4 years and almost 2000 installations!
To get this solution now simply select one of the options below and we’ll do the rest!
If you are an individual home owner – please click here.
If you live in a residential complex – please click here to download the free report and to get in touch with us.