When Eskom had the money they were prepared to change your lights to LED technology free of charge because it reduced the load they had to provide for so dramatically!
By changing your halogen down lighters to LED lamps you not only use up to ten times less electricity you also usually get better quality light. Quality LED’s also last substantially longer so lamps need to be replaced far less frequently. These factors more than make up for the higher initial cost.
LED replacements for Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL’s) use up to 50% less power, produce far better quality light while lasting far longer.
Installing a Solar Photo voltaic electricity system is a process. One should first look at reducing consumption by addressing energy efficiency in your home. Hot water for personal hygiene and lighting are usually the areas in your home where the biggest savings can be made for the lowest cost.
Solar power generation is different to many technology driven products. Better technology will inevitably continue to be developed but unlike other consumer goods such as computers and cell phones, it’s the output of electricity that’s important. No matter how outdated the technology becomes, the system will always produce something you can use.
At the moment if you have a grid connection you should keep it as the cost of storing solar power for night time use is higher than what you are paying the utility for electricity. This will however change as improvements in storage technology added to ongoing tariff hikes make the cost from the utility converge with the cost of stored energy.
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