It is no secret that South Africa is facing numerous problems in the power sector. Demand for electricity in South Africa is far exceeding the supply available. This dilemma often results in a decision to load-shed across the country.
Electricity rates are set to go up by more than 8% per year and there are even plans to try to increase this rate.
Water supply is also not without issues; acid mine water is becoming more of a threat to the water supply in the greater Gauteng area. Furthermore, there is a large amount of water that is wasted from coal-fired power stations. The majority of South Africa’s electricity is generated by coal and although we live in a water-scarce country, this form of power generation still requires copious amounts of water to make this process work. Coal fired power stations, which produce 90% of South Africa’s electricity use a staggering 10,000 litres of water every second. This equates to the amount of water a single South African needs in a year; and still, there are millions of South Africans without access to clean water.
There is no doubt that the cost of running a household or business will increase rapidly over the next few years. The instabilities of power supply and the problem of water contamination are leading to definite concerns by all South Africans. As a result, home and business owners are left with the choice to look for alternative Green solutions.
Fortunately, the costs of solar power generating solutions to the public have decreased dramatically. It is also now possible to find solutions that will return your investment in a relatively short period of time. When it comes to saving on your electricity bill, Green Leaf Alternative Solutions can break your choices down into 3 simple options. These options range from entry-level solar solutions like a grid-tied system all the way to a more complicated off-grid solution, which allows you to go off the grid completely!
When it comes to saving water, Green Leaf also offers a variety of solutions. With the average household using around 200 litres of water a day per person, it is now more important than ever to use water wisely. Water management and recycling in the home have seen a dramatic increase in interest. Rainwater harvesting is becoming a norm rather than a luxury and grey water is being used, with some households recycling as much as 70% of used water for irrigation. There are also systems available that draw water from the surrounding air for clean drinking water.
There has never been a better time to start to actively ‘go green’ and it is important to make sure that all the solutions that you opt for work in unison. Select a green energy provider that can offer you a fully comprehensive solution rather than just single options. This ensures that the overall green solution for your household is optimized and works as seamlessly as possible.
Why not visit the Green Leaf Centre showroom, speak with a Green Energy Consultant and view their exciting Green products?
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This article appears in Issue 10 of the Waterfall Estate Magazine