Solar Geysers

June 2, 2014 in Global Warming

Green Earth

Green Earth

Solar Geysers – Why have’nt you yet?

So Thousands of South Africans have taken the plunge (well actually the LEAP) and installed Solar Geysers already. New Biz Card PS 2014 Call UsSo why then are there so many households that have not? I think there could be a few reasons.

  • Price – This technology is expensive, no denying it. But there are many ways to skin a cat, as the saying goes. So instead of just thinking, “how much of my savings should I tap into to install a Solar Geyser” , start thinking out of the box. a Good Quality Solar Geyser like our Chromagen or Solahart literally prints money for you once paid for in savings. Even a custom conversion system will get to a positive turnover point where the savings you achieved surpasses the initial cost.

Option 1 – Cash Is King (so go and tap into those savings) Option 2 – Extend your bond (at 8-9% interest, its the cheapest loan you can ever get, plus the re-payment on the extra few thousand rand, will be          far less than the saving you get, so you will have extra money every month in your pocket) Option 3 – Finance through a third party (we do offer third party Finance at very competitive rates and most of the time the saving also outweighs            the re-payment) Whichever way you go, why don’t you let your Extra Cash make money for you. Instead of using the savings and spending it, why not open an investment account like a Unit Trust. This Solar Geyser now indirectly MAKES you money. Over the course of its 5 year payback period at a modest 10% interest and R100 per month saving, you could generate R8058.73. Considering that the average saving on a R1000 bill is around R300-R400, should you invest the savings, you could easily re-generate your investment twice over within the first 5 years.

  • Distrust in Solar Geysers - Due to some fly-by-nights and very poor quality products, solar geysers somehow got a bad rep. Luckily, those fly-by-nights are long gone and only the reputable and profitable businesses are left. So you should get a much better quality of  product and service BUT Still do your research. Do not just buy the first Solar Geyser you get a quote for. You have plenty of options. Let the supplier figure out what you need not what they want to sell (for example: in winter you need 70 liters per person per day, in summer it could be only 50. So 70 x 4 people = 210 liters so you need at least a 200lt Solar Geyser) .
  • Aesthetics - So you do not want the ugly tank on your roof. Fair Enough. What about a Split Pumped System. You will only have the solar panel on the roof with the geyser still sitting internally, hidden away.

These are just some of the reason why you have not yet installed but as I said under price, you could save BIG TIME by also investing whatever saving you get. So even if you simply cannot spend R20 000 on a Solar Geyser (because you would rather want the New Flat Screen TV), at least get some sort of Solar Geyser or Heat Pump… FACT =  Your GEYSER is the single biggest power consumer in a normal domestic setting. FACT =  Unless you are really stingy on price, you WILL MAKE A SAVING.


4 Seasons Solar is one of Gauteng’s leading Solar Geyser suppliers. We will be more than glad to assist you in the decision making process.

(e) sales5@4seasonssolar.co.za

(t) 011 865 5555

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Are we doing enough to save the planet ?

November 21, 2013 in Energy Savings, Global Warming

Are we doing enough to save the planet ?

Green Earth

Green Earth

Global Warming?

Plenty of questions lies unanswered about whether its through human intervention that Global Warming is happening. Now im not a scientist, but I can literally see the climate changing in front of my eyes. Recent events like the Philippines, the Tornadoes in america an Hurricane Katrina are all indications of a growing problem..

Through Documentaries like The 11th Hour , An Inconvenient Truth and Chasing Ice , we can clearly see these changes. Yet because its not a tangible thing that I could hold in my hand, we tend to ignore it.. These three movies make it very vissible..

In our own back yard (Johannesburg) we had snow on 7th August 2012 (i remember because its my birthday), last  year we had a hail storms that caused millions in damage and again this year. Flash floods, huge storms…. its happening all over…

What is being done?

Very little actually, but there are a few projects that we can be proud of. Those types that already got the ball rolling…

Solar Farms, Wind Farms and the Eskom Solar Water Heating Rebate Scheme…

These are the links to some of those projects….

http://www.news24.com/Green/News/SAs-first-big-solar-plant-goes-online-early-20131113

http://www.solarreserve.com/what-we-do/pv-development/letsatsi/

http://jeffreysbaywindfarm.co.za/

http://www.techcentral.co.za/sa-set-to-profit-from-wind-power/40878/

and finally

Eskom Solar Water Heating Suppliers

What can you do?

Here is a few things you could do to help fight global warming…(please note that only 4 seasons solar is affiliated with this blog)

1- Install a Solar Geyser or Heat Pump - www.4seasonssolar.co.za

2 – Install Roof Insulation to cut down on Aircon or Heating costs - www.eco-insulation.co.za

3 – Save Water – www.wateruseitwisely.com

4 – Install LED lights – now available from Builders Wharehouse, Game or Makro

5 – Walk instead of drive

6 – Turn off lights when not in use

7 – Feel the breeze, open a window instead of using the Aircon or Fan.

8 – Just educate the household on going green.

 

You can make a difference, if only you read this… maybe the difference wont be noticed… But what if 1000 people read it, or 10 000 or a 100 000…The snowball effect then makes a HUGE difference..

 

 

 

 

 

(t) 011 865 5555

 

Chasing Ice – Visual Proof of Global Warming

October 30, 2013 in Global Warming

*** Most of the Info in this post is courtesy of http://www.chasingice.com , http://earthvisiontrust.org , http://extremeicesurvey.org/ and James Balog ***

#Glacier , #Ilulissat , #Ice Wall

The Sad Truth about Global Warming

The picture above shows a tiny spec of a helicopter, in front of a huge Ice Wall of the Ilulissat Glacier in Greenland. On this shot the camera is zoomed in quite a bit in order for us to actually see the helicopter. In the movie/documentary Chasing Ice, there is a scene (video link below)  where they zoom out completely to give you perspective of the enormity of this glacier and also where this thing calves off a piece of the glacier, roughly the size of lower manhattan, but even taller than the buildings itself. This peace of ice was about as large as Table Mountain. Imagine Table Mountain falling off into the ocean. What do you think would happen? (Fun Fact -The Iceberg that sunk the Titanic most probably came from this part of Greenland)

Largest Glacier Calving ever captured on video

The fact is, people, scientists, leaders and governments can only come to one concensus when it comes to Global Warming. That consensus is “THERE IS NO CONSENSUS” . Some people believe the scientists that deny global warming, others believe the ones who don’t deny it. I tend to believe the things I see with my own two eyes (except for my Faith in God which does not require any visual proof). I did not really know what to believe except that there were obvious signs of changing weather patterns. These were small but very visible changes in South Africa, but worldwide proof painted a different picture. Hurricane Katrina in the US is probably the most well known weather related proof.

#Iceberg , #Greenland , #Ilulissat , #Glacier

Why am I telling you this?

My aim is to get you to go and view this documentary. I don’t particularly like Horror Flicks. This is a Horror Flick of a different sort though, there is no blood or gore, no chainsaws and knives, no naked, screaming woman in a shower.

This portrays a horror story with beauty that you cannot believe. Awesome photos of glaciers and ice are used to show you what we are doing to this planet. However, this scares you to the core. This makes you think about this beautiful planet that we take for granted. This makes you think about what happens when we bulldoze the “parkie” down your street and build high density residential townhouses. There use to be a entire block of grass and trees, now we have an entire block of brick and concrete. What happens to the heat that used to be absorbed by the vegetation?

I want you to be aware of what you are doing when you drive 500 meters to the shop to buy one bread. I want you to be aware of how you are slaughtering a Polar bear with each light you decide to leave on in the house. I want you to be aware of how you are giving your unborn kid asthma each time you take a hot shower.

Are these harsh statements? I refused to think so. We are so passionate about the Rhino poaching (and don’t get me wrong, I am also). Everything from “Lets de-horn the poacher himself” to “The penis of a rhino poacher cures Aids” . But what use is it to save the Rhino, when our grandkids won’t have much of a wildlife reserve left to view them in.

Generally society goes by “Out of sight, out of mind” . We do not see the glaciers melting away, the water levels rising, the temperature increasing. Well this shows you exactly that.

What can you do?

It’s simple. First start in your own home. Educate your kids and family on how to save on water and electricity. There are millions of hits on Google on what you can do to save in your house.

LED Lights, Solar Geysers, Rain Water Tanks, Roof Insulation….the list goes on and on. Look into these green alternatives. The Dutch are going crazy over green alternative, just look at this innovative way of lighting there highways . http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/01/10/glow-dark-roads-become-reailty?cmpid=ait-fb

You can also contact us at http://www.4seasonssolar.co.za/ . We will gladly advise you on your energy needs. We still have time to prevent a disaster.

#Glacier , #Retreat , #Alaska

Just be aware each day. Take it upon yourself to make the change. We all want to be leaders in something. Be a leader in one of the greatest battles human kind will ever fight.GLOBAL WARMING.

 

 

 

Heat Pump Rebates Ending :-(

June 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

Heat Pump Rebates Ending

ITS 5.0kw Super Heat Pump

5.0kw, ITS Heat Pumps, Gauteng Heat Pumps, Going Green, Energy Savings,

Eskom has sent out a letter confirming that the Domestic Heat Pump Rebate Scheme will be coming to an end. This is a huge blow for suppliers and customers alike. Not only will demand drop quite dramatically, but should you still wish to install a Heat Pump, it will now cost you Between R4000 and R5000 more.

Savings Regardless

Forget for a moment about the Rebate, and lets look at expected savings…

a Normal electrical element, found in most geysers, will draw a whopping 4kw of power per hour. That is the same as 66 x 60watt lights burning simultaneously, for an hour. a Good Heat Pump, such as our 4.7kw ITS Heat Pump, will use only 1kw to generate the same amount of heating power. So, a saving of 75% is expected in summer. In winter it should take 1-2kw to generate 4kw, so a saving of at least 50% can be expected in winter. Lets say that the yearly average is 66%. On a R1500 electricity bill, your geyser takes up around R600. Then 66% of R600 = R396 pm saving. Lets say you now pay R12500 for a Heat Pump . R12 500 divided by R396 = 31.5 months. So it should pay for itself in 2.5 years…. Not a bad Return On Investment….

Now take away the rebate and that same Heat Pump will cost you R16700… R16700 divided by R396 pm saving is R42.2 months, so the machine will still pay for itself in 3.5 years…Now ask yourself this…Why wouldn’t you do it… Also Remember that every time Eskom increase electricity, the saving becomes more.. a 10% increase will cost you a R150 more, thus giving you a monthly saving of R435.60, the machine now pays for itself in 3.2 years, should there be no rebate.

So the question remains…

Why shouldn’t you bite the bullet and do it now, you will save regardless…

Should you require any more info, please do not hesitate to call us on …

(t) 011 865 5555  or

(e) info@4seasonssolar.co.za

 

 

 

 

Heat Pumps – New ITS Super Heat Pump

February 26, 2013 in Energy Savings

SUPER 5.0kw Heat Pump by ITS

An Intro

For those of you who don’t know, only a handful of suppliers comply with the strict Eskom Rebate guidelines… In order for a supplier to be able to sell his product as an Eskom Quality approved system, there is a whole heap of standards and regulations to comply with. Needless to say these institutions are not for free and professional Heat Pump Water Heater suppliers spend a lot of money, research and development to provide you , the valued customer, with a good , high quality and efficient , energy saving device.

ITS Heat Pumps

ITS Heat Pumps, Water Heating, Heat Pumps Gauteng, Going Green, Eskom Rebate

ITS Heat Pumps are the leaders in Heat Pump Water Heaters in South Africa, they can claim this with backup from Eskom too.. Recently released figures show that of the nearly 7800 Heat Pumps installed under the Eskom Rebate Bracket, nearly 2300 of those were ITS Heat Pumps, second in line installed 1278 and third in line 1145, the rest make up the numbers in 600 here 150 there and a few 20′s and 30′s.

 

So why does one company hold a 34% market share in a growing, and very much needed, but yet very competitive, market ? The answer is simple…. SUPERIOR QUALITY, BRILLIANT INNOVATION and of course great customer service. ITS (International Technology Sourcing) have a dedicated team of professionals that make sure no corners are cut. They continually look for improvements and is the only company to have a Patented Integration technique, this very clever idea prevents a very common problem in the Heat Pump market, namely water mixing. As soon as you open a hot water tap, the Heat Pump switches on, but  its not an instant water heater, so it cannot lift the water to 50′C instantly(neither can any other Heat Pump, so don’t fall for clever sales gimmicks). The result is having warm water mixed with very luke warm water, giving you an unpleasant shower experience. ITS overcome this by keeping the water in a semi-closed loop until it reaches a set, “hot enough” temperature, by simply utilizing a mechanical thermostatic valve. This makes their machine deliver considerably more hot water than any other machine on the market.

 

New SUPER Heat Pump

ITS 5.0kw Super Heat Pump

5.0kw, ITS Heat Pumps, Gauteng Heat Pumps, Going Green, Energy Savings,

To blow the market away even more, they just released their new 5.0kw SUPER unit. This machine is really a cut above the rest with temperatures of up to 85′C at the same operating parameters where other machines can only deliver 65′C. It uses the modern Environmentally Friendly R134a gas, which enables these super high efficiencies.

The compressor, a major part in heat pumps, is the first compressor developed specifically for a Heat Pump. With an input rating of only 1.25kw, it can deliver 5.0kw of water heating power, giving you a COP(co-efficient of performance) of 4 . So where your normal electrical element will use 4kw to make 4kw of heating power, this unit will do it with 75% less electricity. Not only that, with the Patented Integration Technique, you also get an increase in water delivery volume, in other words, the Heat Pump is so good, it actually increase your geyser storage size.

These units are set to take the country by storm and with Eskom’s proposed 16% for 5 years increase it is the first thing you should look at, to curb energy costs.

 

 

You can contact the guys at ITS Alberton for more info or visit the Website. They also have a twitter and facebook

page

ITS Alberton

(t) 011 865 5555

(e) quotes@gautengheatpumps.co.za

(w) www.itsheatpumps.com

 

 

 

Switch your geyser on and off ! – Does it save me money or not ?

February 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

This is a question that gets asked more often than not, especially on our site visits to potential clients.. Do we save any money by switching our geyser off during day time ???

 

Well the crew at GESS Green did a wonderful job of explaining it , so I copied the article for you to read.

Your geyser – does it help to turn it off and on?

I can’t count the number of times I have had questions about the advantage of manually controlling a hot water geyser, in other words, to turn the geyser power off during the day and turn it on again in the evening. So I decided to properly investigate this issue, and hopefully shed some light for those of you who have also wondered about this.

 

A brief explanation of how your geyser works is necessary here for the “not-so-technical”.  Your geyser is basically a big kettle –  a container with an electric element inside. A geyser also has a thermostat, which is a device which continuously tries to keep the water inside at a specific temperature – a temperature which can be manually set. So if your thermostat is set to 60 degrees, and the water drops below this temperature, the element will be activated until the water temperature returns to 60 degrees.

 

When you turn on the hot water tap, hot water leaves the geyser and is replaced with cold water. This means the water in the geyser is now at a much lower temperature, so the element kicks in to reheat the water to 60 degrees. When you are not using hot water, the geyser temperature should remain the same since no cold water is being added, but this is not the case because even when the geyser is not being used, some of the heat “leaks” through the geyser tank and into the surrounding environment, and this causes the water temperature to gradually decrease. When this goes below 60 degrees, the thermostat activates the element to heat the water up again. 

 

So, let’s get back to this question of switching the geyser off. The two main arguments for and against switching off the geyser are as follows:

1)      Switching your geyser off will prevent the element coming on to maintain the set temperature during the times it is not being used, and as such you will save energy

2)      If you switch the geyser off, the water inside loses heat and when you eventually turn it on again, it has to heat the water from a much lower temperature to get to the set point, which uses more energy than  coming on periodically to keep it at temperature

 

The reason there is so much disagreement on this issue is that both arguments are correct to a certain extent. So let’s try to sort fact from fiction:

The extent of heat loss differs from geyser to geyser, and the usage patterns in households differ drastically. We can go into the principles of thermodynamics, and the law of conservation of energy, but the fact is that the potential saving depends completely on your specific geyser and pattern of use. 

 

There are many documented studies available on the merits of switching off your geyser, some of which have been carried out in labs by scientists, and some by regular people in their own homes. The results of these tests show savings from 2% to 40%.  The obvious problem with these tests is that the playing field is not level, which is essential for good science. Some household have two people only showering in the morning, and some households have two people showering in the morning and two in the evening. Some geysers are newer, or better insulated.  Some of the reported savings are simply a result of a placebo-like effect, i.e. because you are conscious of your hot water use, you use less hot water. Simply reading about somebody’s savings should not be a good enough reason to believe the same would apply to your house.  

 

The water you use needs to be replaced and get heated up again, so switching your geyser on and off will never reduce this basic amount of energy needed. So, the only time you are wasting energy is during the period where the water has reached its set temperature and starts decreasing slowly due to that heat dissipating into the environment. This is more the case with old geysers, where the insulation is less effective. 

Even if your geyser and piping were perfectly insulated, you could not make any savings at all by switching off because you are only using more energy to heat the water you have emptied out of the geyser.

Three things that affect geyser power consumption are

1.   1. How much hot water you use 2. How often it’s used and 3. The condition of your geyser. 

3.     It’s obvious that there is no universal right or wrong here, since all of these factors can be different in every situation.  So instead of picking a side on these points, I have decided to rather explain how to make real savings, and to make a valid difference with your geyser usage.  I would advise the reader to simply think about how you use hot water:

A. Try to use less water – Shower rather than bath, shower for shorter periods and don’t use hot water for anything other than showering (Definitely not for washing hands!).

B.  Turn the geyser off only when you will be away for longer than 1 day.

C.  Make sure your geyser and pipes are properly insulated.

D.  If you have an old geyser, consider upgrading, or even better, consider a solar water heater OR heat pump

 

These measures can reduce the electricity consumption of your geyser.

 

So, in conclusion, the benefits in terms of actual electricity savings achievable by controlling your geyser operating times in order to save yourself some money is inconsequential when compared to the difference that could be made by changing the period of use AND installing a renewable energy solution. The energy required to heat water derived from the sun is free! The residential sector makes up a large part of the electricity demand in South Africa, and the hot water portion of this is significant. 

Please visit one of our websites and request a quote on a Heat Pump or Solar Geyser.. we are saving clients hundreds of Rand’s a month..

www.4seasonssolar.co.za

www.itsheatpumps.com

www.gautengheatpumps.co.za 

Solar Geyser Review – Chromagen

August 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

Solar Geyser Review

I have not found a website where one can go and read up on diffrent types and makes of solar geysers, so I decided to go ahead and use this blog to Rate some of the ones we offer as well as some of the other systems on the market.

Please note that I am a supplier and Installer of these systems so I have some inside info, but this does not mean that I will favour and be biased to a particular system/s. I wil do my level best to rate it from an outsiders point of view and I am in no way trying to put you off from any make as I will list Pro’s and Con’s for all systems.

There are hundreds of systems and manufacturers to choose from and you will always find that if Installers/suppliers sell a particular system, it is most probably because that is the only one the can sell (like franchise agreements etc.) or its the only one they have knowledge of.

We are lucky to have crossed paths with a large quantity of brands and I will use OUR EXPERIENCES to give you as much info as possible.

So lets get going…..

Chromagen

     

Chromagen is our Premium Brand and for a reason. The 300lt system (pictured above) has the highest Q-Factor for its class and the highest for any inland system. It has, until recently when Eskom leveled the playing fields with regards to how they award the rebates, recieved the highest Rebate at R 12482-00. It now gets R 8964-00 (based on literage not efficiency) which is still the highest, although it now shares that figure with a few other systems. The Q- Factor is, as explained on eskomidm.co.za“All solar water heating systems included in the programme have an SABS efficiency rating (Q factor), which indicates the kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity it is expected to save on a typical day.” 

So it basically means, the higher the q-factor the more efficient. The Chromagen 300lt has a Q-Factor of around 36, making it the best in its class.

Manufactured in Israel and Australia, you can be assured of Top Quality (We like to think it’s the Rolls Royce of solar water heaters). Chromagen’s storage tank are manufactured from 4mm steel, most conventional gesyers are only 1.9mm. It boast 80 mm thick High Density Polyurethane foam insulation, again most conventional geysers are half that, this ensures excellent heat retention, especially needed on thermosiphon systems, where the geyser sits outside. Chromagen tanks are tested to only loose up to 8′C over night (in my personal experience, as one of these sits on my roof, we have never seen more than 5′C). It can easilly cater for up to 6 people on purely solar heated water (of course you have to use the water sparingly). It comes with electrical boosting, should you use more than normal or when family visits.

It incorporates a few tricks to maximise efficiency, experience accumulated over Chromagen’s 49 years of solar water heating manufactruring experience. One of these is the ingeneous device called the diffuser pipe. This is fitted on the cold water inlet inside the solar tank, it basically slows down the incoming cold water, thus preventing the mixing of the water ( making an entire geyser of luke warm water). You now have, what is called, stratification layers, forming on the inside meaning that the hottest water in the solar geyser is always at the top, ready for use. We constantly see the temperature reading at 35′C (as the temperature probe sits in the middle of the tank), yet the water coming from the top of the geyser, through the taps, is way above bath temperature (which is around 40-43′C). 

I would, in my opinion, recommend this system to anyone. It is very robust, excellent quality, will last for ages, provides more than enough solar heated water and comes from a company with almost 50 years experience. 

They are available in 100lt, 150lt, 200lt and 300lt. You can also choose between a Black or White tank.

Pros

  • Very Robust
  • Excellent Materials Quality
  • Supreme Efficiency
  • Excellent lifespan expectancy(up to 20 years)
  • Variety of choices (size and colour)
  • Reputable Manufacturer with rock steady track record.
  • Flat panels perfectly suited for SA climate
  • Very low maintenance
  • Circulation by thermosiphon(natural convection) 
  • No moving parts or controllers needed – less part = less chance of something going wrong

Cons

  • a Bit expensive initially (but the high rebate brings it on par with lesser efficient, thus less expensive, systems and its still not close to being the most expensive)
  • Thermosiphon means the solar tank has to be above the panel (does not HAVE to be on the outside.
  • Due to its size you need a roof with at least a 2m sq area

I really can only think of those two cons, i will add more if I can think of any.

Rating

Efficiency 5/5

Quality 4/5

Lifespan 5/5

Maintenance 5/5

Price 4/5

For more info on this system you can contact us via email

or visit our website at www.4seasonssolar.co.za or phone

or our facebook

or follow us on twitter


Again – As I go through the systems I will try and be very honest and un biased on my ratings.

Kind Regards,

Greencop

SA’s Electricity,soon to be most expensive in the world.

August 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

The ‘2011 International Electricity Report and Price Survey’ by NUS Consulting Group recently published shows that South African Electricity is on track to becoming one of the most expensive in the world.

According to the study “South Africa 27.8% increase was also the highest recorded in the 2011 survey, but the country was not alone in implementing increases of more than 20%. Germany and Finland’s costs increased by 24.8% to US18.56c/kWh and US12.11c/kWh respectively, the UK recorded an increase of 24.5% to US15.10c/kWh, while Poland’s cost rose 21% to US11.87c/kWh”.

There is no better time to consider alternative energy in the home. You can do your bit, to pay less and save the planet, beating utilities companies into submission.


Link to source here

Highways stay lit during daytime

July 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

Gauteng Highway Lights


Once again I was driving along the Gauteng Freeways today and I noticed that not all of the lights are burning. As you travel up the N3 north for instance, some of the lights (lets call it 20 or so) are off….WELL DONE GUYS, thats about 5 average households covered.

So I remembered what some of the responses was in my previous post and one of the comments was “they leave the lights on to deter cable thieves”. If this is their thinking, it’s absolute rubbish. I mean, I can understand that replacing a cable is way more costly, disrupting and time consuming than replacing a light bulb BUT that is a very stupid solution to the problem.

Once again I ask electricians to correct me on this one. If you fit a day/night switch, it is the same as fitting an on of switch. Before the switch the wires are still live it is just not allowing current through because it is off, hence the light is off. This means that the cable thieves will still get the sh*t shocked out of them even though the light is off. In my opinion, I will actually try to make it look like its safe, Once the idiot touches it, he gets the kind of punishment one got in the very old days for theft, a visit by the earthworms!

Thing is, the amount of energy wasted by having these lights on during daytime is massive. In a day and age where elctricity prices are skyrocketing because of demand problems, we should do whatever we can to reduce our carbon footprint. Now just like charity, education and moral values begins at home, but unfortunately (and no offense to anyone but the ones in charge) the cattle, cell mates, tribes, cave paintings or whatever these leaders once called home, could not educate them in a manner remotely approaching civilised.

So they leave the lights on, like they use to leave the fire burning, because the fire would eventually burnout….Well, ding… ding… ding… ding…This fire won’t burn out….or hold on a second, it will, in fact it is. We are slowly killing the plannet by doing stupid little things like leaving a light on during the day….

We have to make someone aware of this, what I ask of the readers is to do their bit at the office and at home.

  1. Turn off lights when not around.
  2. Switch of your PC, radio, tv, decoders etc at the plug when not in use.
  3. Fit motion sensors to security lights
  4. Invest in LED lights (did you know that they can be 75% more efficient than ENERGY SAVERS), or at least energy savers.
  5. Turn your geyser thermostat down to 55′C – you cannot even touch 50′C, why do you need it at 60 or 70′C
  6. Fit a geyser blanket and insulate warm water pipes.
  7. Do not let your swimming pool pump run for 24 hours.

Stupid little things to help, Educate your kids too.

Regards,

GreenCop

www.4seasonssolar.co.za – Household Energy Solutions

Highway Daylight Lighting

July 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

Gauteng Highway Lights


This is my first of probably many posts regarding energy wastage by us and our government. Everyday we are reminded of the energy crisis and how we need to save save save….

I have been driving the Gauteng freeways often recently and EVERY DAY i see freeway lights on for kilometers on end.

So its with this in mind and the inspiration of a certain Police In Gauteng Spotter, that I decided to start this blog where i plan to highlight all the diffrent ways, we our municipalities and our government WASTE ENERGY….

So first up was today 07 July 2011

 

These were taken at Buccleuch Interchange and on the highway past Vodaworld heading to Pretoria.

I counted 20 lights just between the toll gantry in front of vodaworld to the Olifants offramp.

Just those twenty lights have the following implications (please don’t stone me to death, these are estimates with help of my common sense).

Lets say each light is 250 watt ( I dont know what they really are , but I looked at my safety light which is 150 watt -These might be way more than 250 watt – so please, if you know contact or correct me)

So 20 light posts x 2 lights equals 40 lights.

40 lights x 250 watt equals 10 000 watt.

Thats 10kw per hour x 12 hours (since we mos have 12 hours of sun and 12 hours of night in Jozi), eaquals 120 kw.

At average suburban usage, 120kw can power about 5 homes for the day.

5 Homes Ekhuruleni, 5 as in five.

This is just for the 20 light posts in front of vodaworld, there are 1000′s on Gautengs freeways burning each day.

So I don’t know how and I don’t know when, but I will make it my mission to get someone of some authority (news papers, 702 talk radio or other radio sattions, if you are reading) to address this issue with the knobs in charge.

I run a Solar water heating and energy firm and everyday I enter peoples homes and advise them on energy saving in the household. I want to enter the Municipal offices and do the same, advise them to turn off lights during day time…

Regards,

GreenCop