The utility has confirmed the power stations have less than three weeks of supply left and some even have less than 10 days in their reserves.
Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says: “We don’t want to mislead people and create unnecessary panic. At the time, we also don’t want to create a sense of comfort. All we can say is that the risk of load shedding is always there, but we’re managing it.”
An electrical geyser can contribute between 40% and 60% towards your monthly electricity bill, depending on your household’s hot water consumption. We at Solar Juice can retrofit your existing electrical geyser with solar and enable you to help lower the pressure on Eskom’s coal crisis. Many households use only the sun to heat their geyser water from October to March (depending on the weather).
Converting your electrical geyser to solar is definitely contributing towards lowering our country’s carbon footprint one solar geyser at a time and it releases the pressure on the much needed coal resources during this time of crisis.
Solar Juice would love to help you make the best of the sun’s amazing energy. Our service delivery area: Western Cape (Helderberg, Boland, Cape Town, Overberg, Winelands, Breede Valley, Swartland).
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.
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.
– 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.
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
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
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.
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.