South Africans have been experiencing another roll out of load shedding, and while national power provider Eskom is finally on the path to efficiency with state capture damage being tackled, the promised land of a stable power supply is still far-off.
"Off-grid" living has become more important than ever, and South Africans are adding a host of known and new technologies to their lives.
New homeowners are looking to implement power saving strategies, both to ensure a reliable energy source and for the wider goal of averting climate change. “There are a multitude of alternate methods for ‘living off the grid’ “says Ryan McFie of McFie Drafting and Architectural Services.
“The sun (solar) is at present the best and most abundant form of renewable energy, especially in South Africa. With technology improving as fast as it is, it’s becoming more affordable and realistic to utilize” he comments.
Many homes are taking on all the basic solar strategies as a starting point, in order to conserve and generate power. “The idea is to regulate your homes temperature during summer and winter months without having the need to use electricity” McFie says.