Solar No Longer A Luxury Item – Its Essential
When Building your new home the law says you must build using sustainable techniques and energy efficient processes and designs.
Once a full system of water and PV panels are installed your electricity bills from your local utility power company will change to a net gain and over a year you will save more than the full amount you would have paid if you had nothing.
In a case study where the house would be built or retrofitted with the full package which would cost approximately R289 000 in a refit and R253 000 in a new build that money can be recovered within five years and after this the excess generated will go towards shortening the time of the bond repayments.
Given that the new build is the better way with more efficient modern windows, double glazing and passive heating and cooling designed into the home, the extra that is produced over a year will result in a net gain in power supply charge that would other wise have been paid to the utility company and that R60 000 for a three bedroomed home electricity supply for a year would then go into paying off the mortgage.
The side effect of a full install is that power outages will never affect the home and will in effect help the local power suppliers to reduce costs and demand for supply when the excess is fed into the local grid.
The great news is that with this plan your excess power will go towards paying off the bond as soon as the system is active.
In an example of a new build three bedroomed home, with a double garage and electric gate which would normally cost around R1.2 million the added cost would bring up the cost but crucially also improve the marketability when it comes up for resale and will maintain its value far better and keep its value even in depressed economies because the house over the life of its bond will have a nett gain and a much shorter bond period or lower nett bond repayments which are subsidised by the full solar install.
So you need to ask yourself why you are not yet doing this. Contact Hilary on 084 335 1636 to get your home self sufficiency started today.
I will do an assessment based upon your current draw and you decide what or how much you wish to be off grid and not be affected by the Eskom issues. A typical store can save thousands and in some cases up to 150 000 per month by being totally self sufficient.
the price of electricity is only going to go up and although being off grid for now is really only for the wealthy, for businesses like service stations and 24 hour stores, its vital to have a solution that does not only rely on fossil fuels, which are expensive to use and maintenance (which we can do for your installation) does not come cheap. A properly done installation will leave you connected to Eskom but only when needed and this will keep your computers and other current sensitive equipment and infrastructure safe.