BURST GEYSER? Steps to follow.

We understand that it is a crisis struggling with a burst geyser and cold showers.  The good news is that this is the perfect opportunity for you to upgrade to a solar water heater. Here’s how:

BURST GEYSER? Steps to follow

Step 1: Contact us at Solar Juice (C:083 384 3840)

  • We’ll visit you and help where necessary. We’ll also provide you with a solar water heater installation quote.
  • Every family’s hot water consumption is different and every home’s layout is different. There are also many different kinds of systems and during a quote visit we’ll advise you regarding the best options to suit your specific needs and together we can make the right decision as aesthetic preferences also play an important role.  They geyser can be installed inside the roof or on the roof.
  • We are registered at *PIRB as plumber; solar geyser- and heat pump installer.

*PIRB (plumbing industry registration board)

 Step 2: Contact your insurer:

  • Call your insurer and tell them you want to replace your burst geyser with a solar water heater.
  • Request a cash pay-out (of the replacement value of your geyser) from your buildings policy.
  • The insurer pays it directly into your bank account.

Step 3: Give Solar Juice the go-ahead to install

  • We accept a 50% deposit as booking and the rest of the payment can be done once the installation is finalised.

Step 4: Agree on the installation date & install

  • We install the system in one day and we test the system before we leave your home.

Step 5: Enjoy peace of mind

  • We install all the safety measurements to ensure that the residents and the solar geyser system are protected.
  • As you know the sun can heat the water to 80°C+ and you don’t want water that hot to come out of your hot water taps.

Save money:

Your insurance pay-out drops the average payback period for a solar water heater considerably. This adds substantially to your savings.

Now is your best chance to switch and save.

Don’t let the possibility of your household going a day without hot water keep you from upgrading to solar.  Remember: The country’s power shortage will be with us for years to come, and you’re likely to have problems getting hot water in the months and years ahead anyway or find the electricity cost too hight if you don’t change to solar.  Annual tariff increases will also continue for many years. Now is the best moment to upgrade! A day or two of patience now can bring many years of savings – and peace of mind – to come.

Switch your electrical geyser to solar and use the sun’s energy to heat your water.

We install:
– solar geysers,
– solar pool heating,
– heat pumps for geysers & pools.

A solar spill is called a sunny day!! A favourite saying in the solar business.

Contact Solar Juice

You are welcome to connect with us via our websitehttps://solarjuice.co.za/request-quote/ or call Leon at 083 384 3840 or email Leon.Needham@Solarjuice.co.za
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  • Written by  Janine Myburgh, President of the Cape Chamber of Commerce

Predictions: Unaffordable increases in future electricity tariffs

The massive cost overruns on Eskom’s new power stations mean huge and unaffordable increases in future electricity tariffs, says the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“We are afraid there is no escape from the consequences of the quadrupling in the cost of the Ingula pump storage scheme and the doubling of the costs of the two coal-fired power stations, Medupi and Kusile,” says Janine Myburgh, President of the Chamber.

“To make matters even worse, the cost estimates do not take into account the huge amounts of interest which Eskom has to pay on loans during the construction period. This includes dollar loans which have to be repaid with weakening rands.”

The original cost estimate for Ingula was R8,9bn but this has now ballooned to R36bn. In April 2007 the cost of Medupi was estimated at R69,1bn but in July this year costs were, according to Eskom, R135bn while the cost of Kusile has increased from R80,6bn to R135bn.

“We learn two things from these figures,” says Myburgh.

“One is that electricity from the Medupi and Kusile will cost well over R1 a unit and that costs will continue to rise each year along with the costs of coal, transport and wages.”

“The second thing we learn is that massive cost overruns are normal for big projects and this will also apply to any nuclear build programme. There are many examples from around the world which confirm this.”

Myburgh says the recent study by the CSIR found that the cheapest “new build” option for additional electricity was a combination of wind, PV solar and gas.

“These three technologies are all ‘quick builds’ and their recent history shows projects are completed on time and on budget and they are not subject to the annual costs increases we see in coal-fired power stations,” says Myburgh.

Eskom had now decided that it did not want to buy any more electricity from independent power producers.

“What this means is that the private sector will increasingly turn to roof-top solar which can already compete with the retail price of electricity. Eskom will lose more customers and as the demand for grid electricity declines the case for nuclear power will fall apart.”

End of article

Comments from Solar Juice:

Solar energy vs coal

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Households can lower their electricity consumption:

An electrical geyser contributes between 39% and 50% towards your home’s electrical bill.  This translates to between R390 and R500 per R1000 of your electrical bill.  The biggest saving for South Africa is when we use less electricity during the peak hours (high demand) and we also set the timers to work outside those peak hours.

You contribute towards a healthier South Africa!!

A big THANK YOU to all the households who have switched to solar water heating so far as well as for those in the process of doing so.  To read more about the environmental contribution you make (one installation and 100 installations)….every switch from electricity to solar counts!! Click here

Solar vs coal

Lower your carbon footprint with one step

Solar Juice services include the installation of:

As well as the following services:

  • Service of existing systems (solar geyser, ITS heat pumps, pool heating) ….…. more info
  • Adapt the settings on your geyserwise controller & also show you how to do to it yourself ….

To request a service or an installation quote from us:

Kindly visit https://solarjuice.co.za/request-quote/ or email: Leon.Needham@solarjuice.co.za or call 083 384 3840

Solar Juice: Service area

Western Cape (Cape Town ,Somerset West, Strand, Gordons Bay, Kleinmond, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, Malmesbury,Piketberg, Montagu,  …)  Please ask if unsure

Retrofit electric geyser to solar

Retrofit electric geyser to solar

Retrofit electrical Kwikot geyser with solar

Retrofit electrical Kwikot geyser with solar

We were contacted by a family in Durbanville to provide them with a quote for:  Retrofit electric geyser to solar.

It helps to timeously empower our client with the correct information:

During the onsite evaluation we noticed that certain standards needed to be implemented and that the geyser was also faulty.  When discussing with the owner, he confirmed that the hot water from their geyser was brown although the water running from the cold tap was clear.  We checked with the geyser supplier, Kwikot, who confirmed that the geyser was still under warrantee.  As standards change over time the galvanized drip tray needed to be replaced by a plastic drip tray and a stopcock needed to be installed.

We provided our client with the abovementioned information and Kwikot therefore came prepared to replace the geyser, install the stopcock & the correct drip tray & outlet.  This was done in a very short timeframe.  Please note that the initial installation was not done by Kwikot or ourselves.  Kwikot did the abovementioned work as part of honouring their geyser warrantee as the supplier.

Our client then accepted our quotation to retrofit their new Kwikot electrical geyser with solar.

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Servicing a solar geyser system in Kuils River

Service a solar geyser system…yes or no?

This article is about a *natural flow solar geyser system with a flat panel (as in the picture) which we serviced recently.  The question is to: Service a solar geyser system…yes or no?

*natural flow = thermosiphon (it is where the geyser is located higher than the solar water panel and no pump is required to circulate the water between the geyser and the panel).

After a few years of working hard to harness the sun’s energy to heat your geyser water, various factors may play a role in the continued efficiency of your solar geyser system:

The environment and man may have an impact on the need for a service over time.

  • The sun/birds/squirrels may be working away at the *lagging around the water pipes on the roof;  * lagging is insulation material which limits heat loss.
  • We sometimes find that squirrels and/or rats enter the roof space and damage the Geyserwise controller wires and or lagging within the roof;
  • Dust and other material may collect on the surface of the panel(s) and impact on the absorbtion of the sun’s heat energy;
  • Another factor may be that repairs to the municipal water network may result in debris moving into your solar water panels and impact its efficiency;
  • Just after the installation, the new owners are usually very excited to experment with the different options on the timer and over time they forget and then the settings don’t really suit their needs anymore due to changed circumstances in their household;
  • Maintenance work at the house may result in someone stepping on parts of the solar geyser pipework or other parts and damage occurs;
  • Smaller parts (element, timer, pressure control valve, etc.) may be or become faulty, although we stick to trusted parts from reliable suppliers.

We find that the service requirements differ from area to area due to the weather and environmental differences.  We therefore propose a basic service for our existing clients in order to keep the expenses as low as possible.  If we find that e.g. the lagging need to be replaced, we then first discuss it with the client and get his/her approval to replace it.  The basic service has a fixed cost (if we have to travel quite a distance, we will then discuss additional fuel cost with the client beforehand).

This is a solar geyser system we installed almost 5 years ago.

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Solar geyser installation Somerset West

A new client contacted us to do a Solar geyser installation in Somerset West. This is in the Rome Glen area for a separate section of their house.  We also *serviced their existing solar geyser system. Our client indicated the exact positions where he wanted the solar panel and geyser to be installed.  He definitely did his homework to get the optimal benefit from the sun.

Solar geyser installation in Somerset West

Beautiful indigenous garden at our solar geyser installation site

Solar geyser installation Somerset West

Installation of a thermosiphon system

We installed this solar geyser system as a thermosiphon system.  A thermosyphon system is when the geyser is installed higher than the solar panel and therefore ensures natural water flow.  (The system doesn’t need a pump to circulate the hot water from the panel to the geyser).  A thermosiphon system requires the lowest maintenance of all the systems – we advise our clients to contact us after 4 to 5 years to service the system.

We definitely cherish the view from this indigenous garden in Rome Glen.

This family has an indigenous garden and all their household’s hot water needs are met by the installation of solar water heaters (geysers).  This combined action ensures low electricity consumption as well as low water consumption (indigenous gardens requires little extra water).  These actions ensures savings on both water and electricity bills.

Solar geyser installation in Somerset West

Our view during the solar geyser installation.

Solar geyser installation in Somerset West

Solar panel for solar water heating system

 

Solar geyser installation in Somerset West

Indigenous garden at solar geyser installation site

 *More about he service of an existing solar geyser system:

Our work includes:

  • Check if geyser and solar panel(s) are still working correctly.  If we find problems and it is still under guarantee, then the suppliers are contacted. If outside guarantee period, we’ll quote on repairs where possible;
  • Clean the surface of the solar panel (for more efficiency);
  • Flush the solar panel to drain possible build-up of mineral and other deposits;
  • Check and reseal where pipes enter the roof;
  • Check that the element is working correctly and that the timer is set correctly.
  • Explain the settings of the timer if needed (clients may want to alter the settings for winter and summer months or for when they have guests).

Work excludes: (can be included after discussion with solar geyser owner)

  • Replacement of lagging around the pipes (as you know lagging helps to prevent heat loss).  If the lagging needs to be replaced, we’ll contact you while on site and discuss.
  • Any extra work to be done (we’ll contact you when on site and discuss).

Time at your house:  60+ minutes

Cost:  Somerset West area: R750 (incl VAT) for 2016.

Solar Juice services include the installation of:

As well as the following services:

  • Service of existing systems (solar geyser, ITS heat pumps, pool heating) ….…. more info
  • Adapt the settings on your geyserwise controller & also show you how to do to it yourself ….

To request a service or quote from us, kindly Click here

or email: Leon.Needham@solarjuice.co.za

or call 083.384.3840

Our Service area:

Western Cape (Cape Town ,Somerset West, Strand, Gordons Bay, Kleinmond, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, Malmesbury,Piketberg, Montagu,  …)  Please ask if unsure.

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Solar geyser in Bloubergstrand and kite surfers

Our biggest joy is when a customer, for whom we installed a solar geyser system in the past,
contacts us again to install another.

We did the first solar geyser installation for our client in Onrus about 4 years ago and again in January 2016 at Blouberg Strand.  It shows that it is important to deliver the best service every time.

Our client was very clear about certain specifications:

  1. The solar geyser system must not be visible from any side of the house,
  2. The system must be thermosiphon (it means that the geyser must be located higher than the panels and that the flow between the geyser and the panels must be natural and not require a pump),
  3. It must be a 200 liter system to accommodate their hot water needs.

We discussed the solar geyser installation options with our client and mutually agreed on the following:

The best place for the solar geyser system would be on the roof.  Since it is a flat roof, we fitted brackets for the geyser so that it can be located higher than the panels.  The correct angle towards the sun was decided on for optimum transfer of heat to the water in the solar panels.

With their new home still in the building process it was easy to install the timer in the garage.  We had special access to the roof as provided by the builder.  This means the client get access to system settings and can check what the temperature of the water in the geyser is.  He/she can also adjust the heating and thermostat settings based on their changing needs (summer vs winter and when guests arrives which will increase their hot water needs).

It is standard procedure for us to explain to clients how the timer device works and how to change the settings. We provide the home owner with an easy to read manual (which can also be located on-line if the booklet gets filed in file 13).

Insulation:

All the solar system pipes are well insulated and this geyser is one of the best insulated solar geysers available as well as the solar panels with insulation material at the back.

Support locally produced products solar geysers and panels:

Both the solar geyser and solar panels are produced locally in the Western Cape.  This ensures excellent support from the producers; local job creation, a low (transport) carbon footprint and keep the flow of money within the Western Cape.

…..much to our surprise we saw quite a lot of kite surfers in action. 

We later found out about the South African dream to break the Guinness World record. The previous record was held by Spain where 353 participants participated.  These kite surfers in the picture were preparing for the event on 30th January 2016.  They would be part of the hundreds of local and international kite surfers gathered to complete the 2.7 kilometer stretch from Dolphin Beach to Doodles Beachfront in Blouberg Strand.

It is for a good cause as kite surfers participating in the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada events have previously (before 2016) raised over 3 million for charity.

Kitesurfing is still a new sport in South Africa. The windy beach conditions along the coast have led to a gradual growth of the sport in the region and South Africa is seen as one of the best kitesurfing destinations in the world.

South Africa secured the 2016 Kitesurfing Guinness World record:

The South African attempt was successful in breaking the Guinness World record on 30 January 2016 and secured the number of 415 kite surfers successfully crossing the finish line.

As kite surfing is a bit out of our league, you are welcome to contact us for any of the following Solar Juice related services:

Solar Juice services include the installation of:

As well as the following services:

  • Service of existing systems (solar geyser, ITS heat pumps, pool heating) ….…. more info
  • Adapt the settings on your geyserwise controller & also show you how to do to it yourself ….

To request a service or quote from us:

Kindly visit https://solarjuice.co.za/request-quote/ or email: Leon.Needham@solarjuice.co.za or call 083 384 3840

Solar Juice: Service area

Western Cape (Cape Town ,Somerset West, Strand, Gordons Bay, Kleinmond, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, Malmesbury,Piketberg, Montagu,  …)  Please ask if unsure

SOLAR POOL HEATING INSTALLATION

Many of our clients are now ready for their pool heating installation to extend their swim season.

This solar pool heating installation has just been done in Franschhoek. This town is probably one of the favourite places to work or stay or to visit as a tourist – especially during this time of year when spring is in the air and all gets excited about new life with so many trees covered in blossoms and their fragrances being so welcoming and exciting.

Extended swim season in Franschhoek

This family is looking forward to their heated pool and Jacuzzi. We installed 12 solar panels to heat their swimming pool and this enables them an extended swimming season and getting a nice tan in time for the summer holidays!! Yay!!

For a FREE quote, kindly complete an online quote request at www.solarjuice.co.za Franschhoek pool heating web or CALL: 083 384 3840

 

 

 

Solar Juice services include the installation of:

As well as the following services:

  • Service of existing systems (solar geyser, ITS heat pumps, pool heating) ….…. more info
  • Adapt the settings on your geyserwise controller & also show you how to do to it yourself ….

To request a service or quote from us:

Kindly visit https://solarjuice.co.za/request-quote/ or email: Leon.Needham@solarjuice.co.za or call 083 384 3840

Solar Juice: Service area

Western Cape (Cape Town ,Somerset West, Strand, Gordons Bay, Kleinmond, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, Malmesbury,Piketberg, Montagu,  …)  Please ask if unsure

Before this newly built house opens its arms for its proud owners … we went back & check that our installed heat pump works perfectly.

Area: Helderberg/Somerset West.  The installation was done about two weeks ago in upper Bizweni avenue – with a beautiful view of the Gordons Bay mountains and sea.  What a perfect setting!!

Short notes about heat pumps:

A heat pump looks similar to an air conditioner and can be installed either on the ground or with brackets on a wall.

Saving: A Heat Pump offers you a way to use electricity to heat water efficiently. Where an electrical geyser uses three units of electrical energy to produce three units of heat energy, a Heat Pump converts just one unit of electrical energy into three units of heat energy.

We are proud to install this ITS 5.0 kW Super Heat Pump which:

  • Produces 85°C water where other heat pumps produce 65°C water at the same gas pressure
  • Is engineered for comfort and class
  • Delivers maximum hot water

Note:  As you can see the sea in the background….. you can rest assured that this heat pump has been treated with BluGuard high performance coating.  We got only positive feedback about this heat pump over the past few years.  You are most welcome to contact us for more information or a free quote.

Solar Juice services include the installation of:

As well as the following services:

  • Service of existing systems (solar geyser, ITS heat pumps, pool heating) ….…. more info
  • Adapt the settings on your geyserwise controller & also show you how to do to it yourself ….

To request a service or quote from us:

Kindly visit https://solarjuice.co.za/request-quote/ or email: Leon.Needham@solarjuice.co.za or call 083 384 3840

Solar Juice: Service area

Western Cape (Cape Town ,Somerset West, Strand, Gordons Bay, Kleinmond, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, Malmesbury,Piketberg, Montagu,  …)  Please ask if unsure

Solar water heating without the rebate? It still makes a lot of sense!!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe solar water heating rebates introduced in 2008 ended in April 2015 and whether they will return is a matter of debate within both the industry and among consumers. SESSA doesn’t know whether the rebate programme will be reinstated and if so, what form it will take.

However, the conditions for solar water heating have shifted markedly over the last 7 years with the steep increase in electricity tariffs making the notion of ‘going solar’ increasingly attractive.

Even without the rebate, it still makes sense to switch to solar water heating

 Projected savings through solar water heating show that over the next 5 years and assuming a modest annual tariff increase of 8.5%, one will achieve, in Rand terms, as big a saving or indeed even more as you would have if you had invested in a solar water heating system at any time during which the rebate was available.

*SESSA Solar Water Heating Chair, James Green, takes us through the numbers.

(*Sustainable Energy Society Southern Africa)

Electricity Costs

Let’s look at a few facts as to why and how solar water heating should now be approached.

The cost of electricity has gone up by 100% since 2008, and energy efficiency   is now more relevant than ever before. Over the next 5 years it is likely that the kWh price will increase by another 50% or more.

There are some 2,400 electricity tariffs in SA. A price per kWh of R1,85 is chosen for 2015-16, but will be higher in areas such as Cape Town

Choosing a Solar Water Heater – The Research Steps

Choosing a solar water heater is quite daunting. It sounds like a great idea, but do you know what you are actually going to get? Unfortunately it is not as simple as comparing an LED bulb with a 6 Watt rating, giving the same light output (measured in lumens) as a 60 Watt incandescent bulb. Here you can easily work out that you are saving 44 Watts per hour for the same energy service.

When it comes to solar water heating, you need to have some understanding of how much electricity you are using in heating water by electricity. Then you can determine which solar water heater is going to meet your energy savings needs and which represents the best value for money.

A couple of simple, basic facts will make it easier:

  • For every 36 litres of hot water out of a shower at 40 °C the temperature most of us feel comfortable showering at, you will use 1 kWh of electricity (This is calculated using formulas that take the specific heat capacity of water and average municipal cold water temperatures into account).
  • Most showers use 16-20 litres per minute, so a 5 minute shower will use between 90 and 100 litres of hot water at 40°C.
  • Dividing 90 litres by 36 litres gives you 2.5 kWh and at 100 litres, 2.77 kWh.
  • With 4 people in the home all showering for 5 minutes once a day, the energy used amounts to 10kWh at 16 litres per minute or 11.11 kWh at 20 litres per minute.
  • Using an average kWh cost including VAT of R1,85 in 2015, that accounts for an amount on the electricity bill of R564 to R627 per month respectively.

However, it all depends on lifestyle…

  • Hot water use monitoring shows that hot water use at 40 °C ranges from 130 litres per person per day to as high as 220 litres per person per day, depending on seasons, regional variations and lifestyle.
  • To put that in perspective, for a 4 person home and at a tariff of R1.85 per kWh, usage at 130 litres of hot water per person per day accounts for an amount of R815 per month and at 220 litres per day R1 378 per month.

How much hot water do you use in your home?

A simple exercise is to add up all the minutes your family members spend in the shower in a 24-hour period. We suggest you do 3 different sample days and average the result. Then multiply the minutes by 16 litres for conservative hot water use or 20 litres for generous hot water use. Take the total and divide by 36 to get the kWh consumption.

The graph below gives you a quick illustration

Value for Money – Which System You are Considering

Having chosen the output of the SWH in deemed kWh savings per day you can also do an easy analysis of value for money. 2 simple exercises are:

  • Take the deemed kWh output per day, and multiply that by your cost per kWh from Eskom or your municipality. That gives you a Rand figure per day for savings. Divide that into the installed cost of the solar water heating system, to get the payback point or break-even point in days on your investment.
  • Calculate your savings over a number of years.  Take the daily Rand savings on the system for Year 1 (multiply by 365), and add it to Year 2 having increased the savings by inflation (8% is a conservative figure), and repeat over future years.

Rebates – Not the Reason to go Solar

So finally back to the question of rebates. Does it still make sense to go solar without rebates. The answer is a resounding YES!

To illustrate this is:

  • If you had bought a 150l SWH in 2008 with an output of 7,5kWh per day you would have saved approx. R22,000 over 5 years including the rebate.
  • If you had bought the same system in 2014 it would save you R33,400 over 5 years including the rebate.
  • If you bought the same system today without the rebate it would save you R30,000 over 5 years.

So even without the rebate it makes total sense to go solar and indeed every year the price of electricity goes up it makes even more sense.

Article written by James Hart (Solar Water Heating Chair) for Sessa.

* Solar Juice is a paid-up Corporate Class A member of Sessa (Sustainable Energy Society Southern Africa).

You are welcome to contact us if you want to find out more about how to lower your electricity consumption & carbon footprint via solar geyser or heat pump installations.

Solar Juice services include the installation of:

As well as the following services:

  • Service of existing systems (solar geyser, ITS heat pumps, pool heating) ….…. more info
  • Adapt the settings on your geyserwise controller & also show you how to do to it yourself ….

To request a service or quote from us:

Kindly visit https://solarjuice.co.za/request-quote/ or email: Leon.Needham@solarjuice.co.za or call 083 384 3840

Solar Juice: Service area

Western Cape (Cape Town ,Somerset West, Strand, Gordons Bay, Kleinmond, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, Malmesbury,Piketberg, Montagu,  …)  Please ask if unsure.

4 Feb 2015: Solar geyser rebate has been extended!!

DoE extended the rebate – Media release, dated 4 Feb 2015

Eskom notified the SWH (solar water heating) industry on 7 January 2015 that their rebate comes to an end on 31 January 2015 and would be handed over to the Department of Energy (DoE).

The DoE notified the SWH (solar water heating) industry via their media release, dated 4 Feb 2015, that the rebate is now extended by the Department of Energy (DoE) for another 5000 systems to be installed in South Africa with the same rebate amount per system as with the Eskom rebate programme. DoE will provide more information about their future rebate programme soon. 

Extract from the DoE letter:
“With effect from 2 February 2015 the Department has availed subsidies (up to a cap of 5,000) buy sildenafil citrate 100mg. The number of subsidies is informed by past performance of the partial rebate programme under Eskom (about 2,000 monthly installations over the past nine months). No further subsidies will be available under this programme once this cap is exceeded.
1.2 The latest Eskom rebate levels, together with the payment services offered by Eskom (through Deloitte), will remain unchanged subject to (1.1) above”.

A new rebate s200-liter-geyser-retrofit-to-solar-at-Stellenboschcheme will be introduced by DoE soon:

Extract from the media release:

Going forward a new rebate scheme will be introduced and subsidies will be offered with considerations regarding local content.

You are welcome to contact Leon at 083 384 3840 for quotes or kindly visit our “request quote” page.