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Leisure Pools Somerset West

Owners of Leisure Pools in Somerset West are going solar

Installing a solar geyser system at the house of Jacques and Miranda Storm, the second generation owners of Leisure Pools in Somerset West is such a privilege. Their company has been in business for 35 years already! This well-known and much-loved family business in the Helderberg basin is committed to changing from using coal-based energy (electricity) towards renewable energy.

Solar Juice has been a client of Leisure Pools in Somerset West for a number of years.  We find it very convenient to have their shop nearby in case we need parts for our pool heating installations.  We love to refer clients with a leaking pool or who need any pool services/equipment/consumables to them. Their friendly and knowledgeable support is of such great value to contractors as well as homeowners for DIY projects.

Whenever we visit their shop it is heart-warming to see the interaction between the team members (including owners) as well as their interaction with both new and longstanding clients.  We saw the following on their website and can definitely attest to it.

Having been in the swimming pool business since 1985, our knowledge and understanding of the climatic conditions that affect your pool are substantial. 

Everyone values good service at a reasonable rate, and here at the PoolShop in Somerset West, we are no different.

Leisure Pools’ service offerings:

    • Relining of swimming pools, ponds and jacuzzi’s  (marble lite and fiberglass);
    • Install, service and repair pumps, filters and pool cleaners with an in-house pump mechanic;
    • Stock spares for your DIY projects;
    • Stock salt chlorinators;
    • Electrical fault repairs;
    • Stockists of all pool equipment and chemicals;
    • Leak detection specialist *1;
    • Water testing and balancing either on-site or at the shop;
    • Test borehole water for iron and copper (before using it for the swimming pool)
    • Also noted to be a valuable Trade and Wholesale supplier *2

*1 Leak detection specialist: Leisure pools Somerset West acquired the specialised equipment and training in France to ensure an efficient leak detection service for swimming pools.

*2  Also noted to be a valuable Trade and Wholesale supplier with excellent prices for contractors with regards to the Fluidra/Waterlinx range of products (pumps, fittings, chemicals).

Service Area:

    • Helderberg and Stellenbosch (please call if unsure). 
    • Contractors in other parts of the country also send couriers to Somerset West to collect due to their excellent Trade and Wholesale prices and knowledgeable support.

How to make contact with Leisure Pools in Somerset West:

You can contact Jacques Storm or any of his friendly staff at T: 021 851 6325   

Address:  6B Dirkie Uys Road, Somerset West opposite the Mini Market parking.

Website: https://leisurepoolsswest.co.za/  where you will find the prices of their products.

Jacques and Miranda are taking their first step to move from a coal-based solution to a solar-based / renewable energy solution.

Solar Geyser Installation in Strand by Solar Juice

Solar geyser installation in Strand by Solar Juice

Jacques and Miranda’s solar water heating system is a natural flow (thermosiphon) system, where the geyser is located higher than the panel and therefore requires no pump(s).  We installed electrical backup with a Geyserwise geyser controller which they use to manage their electricity consumption as well as when they need hot water during times when the sun is not shining, for example, all the hot water was used at night and electricity is required to heat it for the early morning showers.

 

Geyserwise manuals

Geyserwise timer device

Geyserwise geyser controller – you set times when you want to heat your geyser water with electricity – it shows the temperature, of the water in the geyser, as well as other very handy information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monthly savings:  An electrical geyser contributes between 39 to 60% towards a household’s electricity bill as the geyser is the most energy-hungry appliance in your house and this translates to between R400 – R600 of every R1000 on your electrical bill. The investment in a solar water heater (geyser) system is one of the best investments since you save considerably on your monthly electricity bill and it reduces air pollution (95% of electricity is generated by burning coal).  Electricity load shedding won’t bother Jacques and Marinda after a long day at work as they will be able to relax with a hot shower.  

Note from Jacques (a month after the installation): 

“It is the best investment we have made.  We can already see lower electricity usage during mid-winter where we saved a R1000 during our first month and are looking forward to seeing the savings during the warmer months.”

For more information about this installation:

You can call Leon from Solar Juice at C: 083 384 3840  

Web: https://solarjuice.co.za/request-quote/ 

Solar Juice’s services include the installation of:

    • Solar geyser systems … more info
    • Provide you with a PIRB COC (certificate of Compliance) for our installed solar geyser system
    • Replacement of burst geysers (both electrical and solar) with a report for insurance
    • heat pumps…  more info
    • swimming pool heating ….more info
    • Solar power (photovoltaic systems – on-grid or off-grid)

We also service the following:

    • Solar geyser systems
    • ITS heat pumps,
    • Pool heating.

To request a service or quote from Solar Juice:

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,…)  Please ask if unsure.

solar geyser

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

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.

Installing a solar geyser system for Fred tree services in Somerset West

Installing a solar geyser system for Fred’s tree services in Somerset West has been a highlight for us.  We like to share our experiences when installing solar for other businesses and also to share information about the service provided by these businesses. The mutual interest is caring for the environment and taking the necessary steps towards a healthier environment.  

You can call Leon from Solar Juice at C:083 384 3840   Web: https://solarjuice.co.za/request-quote/  email: Leon.Needham@solarjuice.co.za 

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Today, we share information about Fred’s tree services.

Fred Lewis (also known as Dr Tree) is no stranger to heights and shows his satisfaction after inspecting his newly installed solar water heating system with the Helderberg Mountain forming a beautiful background.

Installing a solar geyser system for Fred tree services in Somerset West

About Fred and Fred’s Tree Services:

Fred is well-known for his compassion and work with trees under his company name:  Fred’s Tree Services.  They specialise in the pruning, felling and chipping of trees.  Fred is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture and boasts with German qualifications.

Fred has registered various trees as national monuments in order to save the beautiful trees from being cut down.  That is a brilliant showcase of his commitment towards the environment and also with this step to move from a coal-based water heating solution to a solar based heating solution.

This solar water heating system is a natural flow (thermo siphon) system, where the geyser is located higher than the panel.  The investment in a solar water heater (geyser) system is one of the best investments, since you save considerably on your monthly electricity bill and it reduces pollution.  Electricity load shedding won’t bother Fred after a long day at work, he will be able to relax with a hot shower.

You can contact Fred at Fred’s Tree Services at Cell: 083-264-5442 or landline: 021-851-0497.

Solar Juice services includes 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

A myth? Saving with solar water heating or heat pump

A myth? Saving with solar water heating or heat pump

Air polution vs clean energy solutions

It is believed that the earth receives more energy each hour from the sun than the world can use in a full year. In spite of this, South Africa generates 77% or more of our electricity by burning millions of tonnes of coal each year …. imagine the pollution effect on our natural resources: air, water, soil and ……the resultant health effect!! Continue reading

Eskom rebate : Major shift awaits in 2014/2015

Eskom rebate : Major shift awaits in 2014/2015

Solar panels heating the geyser water with the sun’s energy

We have seen various changes since the inception of the rebate (money paid to the consumer by ESKOM) since 2008 and the latest change is expected to have quite an impact on the solar water heating industry. Continue reading

Are you building a new house and need a quote for a solar geyser/heat pump or pool heating?

During constructionLet us help you in this regard – it is what we love to do.

Your architect will make you aware of the following legislation:

Extract from Government Gazette: 9 September 2011.

“New Building Regulations (for new buildings) – with effect from 10 November 2011.

XA2 At least 50% (volume fraction) of the annual average hot water heating requirement shall be provided by means other than electrical resistance heating including but not limited to solar heating, heat pumps, heat recovery from other systems or processes and renewable combustible fuel.”
 

You are welcome to email your building plans to us at Leon.Needham@solarjuice.co.za so that we can provide you with a quotation. We’ll consult with you to get all the necessary information in order to give you a quote which is suitable for your home.

In this picture, the geyser is colour coded and will match the roof at the back when completed. You can also choose whether you want the geyser on the roof or inside the roof.  We can discuss the various options with you – this will help you to make an informed decision.