The Best Investment You Can Make For Your Home Is A Solar Geyser

The Best Investment You Can Make For Your Home Is A Solar Geyser

Did you know that you can save nearly half of what you pay on electricity for your home every month by doing one simple thing? Your geyser uses more than 40% of your electricity to heat up your water. So what’s the alternative? A solar geyser of course. A solar water heating system is a cost-effective way to supply your home with hot water every day for years and years to come.

So many people are already reaping the benefits of paying less for their (stupidly high) electricity bills. Why not join them? Not completely convinced yet? Keep reading for more information.

How Do Solar Water Heaters Work?

Just like the word suggests, these water heaters, also known as solar geysers, work by using the energy of the sun to heat water, rather than traditional electricity. And since we live in South Africa with an abundance of sunny days, solar geysers are an excellent choice. Many new homes these days will come complete with a solar geyser installed.

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Solar Water Heater in South Africa?

Your caution about solar geysers might stem from the fact that you need to invest in a unit before you can start enjoying hot water for free. But, sooner than later you’ll start seeing a return on investment. In fact, with the rapidly rising costs of electricity in South Africa, that day will start sooner than you think!

The cost of solar geysers at Renaissance Solar are as follows:

 

  • 150lt from R16 535
  • 200lt from R19 012
  • 300lt from R27 165

Benefits of Solar Geysers

  • Notable savings on your monthly electricity bill – 40% and more
  • A year-round reliable source of hot water
  • Reduced carbon footprint – better for the environment

As you can see, solar geysers are an excellent investment in many ways.

Reap the benefits of what mother nature has to offer – unlimited free hot water for your home or business. For more information or a free quote on solar water heating in Cape Town, get in touch with the team at Renaissance Solar today.

 

Choose a company you can trust to answer all your questions about solar geysers

Choose a company you can trust to answer all your questions about solar geysers

If you’re considering investing in a solar geyser due to the instability and uncertainty surrounding Eskom, and the continually rising cost of electricity, the very first thing that you’ll do is to put pen to paper, listing every question you’ll need answered before going ahead.

The thing is, if you want honest answers to your questions, you’re going to have to do quite a bit of research to find a solar company that stands head above shoulders of the rest, one that has easily accessible stellar recommendations from previous clients.

Here’s just a taste of what one Renaissance Solar client has said about this awesome team:

‘Thank you Jill, Valerie as well as John and his team.  From our first interaction, it was clear that the Renaissance Solar team was extremely professional, highly efficient and everyone went out of their way to assist us.  Thank you for your speedy response to our request for urgent assistance and making a stressful time less so. We will certainly recommend Renaissance Solar.  Many thanks again!’

Doing your homework will help you to bypass those less than scrupulous solar installers that’ll take your money, do an iffy installation and disappear, never to be found again should anything in your system go wrong.

The passionate team of solar experts at Renaissance Solar in Cape Town are just what the doctor ordered, and they’ll be more than happy to answer your questions about a solar geyser installation, without putting pressure on you to commit.

They know that starting on the road towards owning a solar geyser isn’t a decision taken lightly, which is why they’ll do all they can to give you everything you need to make an informed decision.

Here are answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions about solar geysers to get your list going

  • Why invest in a solar geyser

You’ll shave off up to 50% of your electricity bill and have hot water when Eskom hits the off switch! Besides which, it’ll be your contribution to protecting our environment, which has already been sadly depleted.

  • What size geyser will I need

Here’s where the 10 years’ worth of experience on the part of the team at Renaissance Solar will help you to determine what size geyser you’ll need, so that you’ll be in a position to make an informed decision.

On the whole, it’s a good idea to go for a large system, provided you have the budget for it, but in any event, you’ll be basing the size on how many people there are in your home, as this will indicate what your hot water consumption is in general.

  • Will the water be hot in winter?

Yes it will. With the high quality of workmanship that goes into the solar installations carried out by Renaissance Solar, your water will be hot in winter! Whatever you want your solar system or solar geyser to do, only the quality of the installation will make to the difference to how well the system will work.

  • How hot will the water be?

The average comfort level for a shower is around 42ºC, so you’ll be doing pretty well with your solar geyser which can heat water up to 60ºC.

…and more

These questions are just the tip of the iceberg when you’re planning on installing a solar water heating system, but it should pique your interest enough to want to contact Renaissance Solar for more answers.

They won’t only answer your questions, they’ll also give you answers to questions you may not have thought of while doing your list!

If you’d like Renaissance Solar to contact you, please fill in the online form and they’ll get right back to you, or punch in their number and give this friendly team a call.

Either way, you’ll be as impressed with their professionalism, honesty and integrity as their clients are! Oh yes, and you can add high quality solar products to this list of awesomeness!

Due east or due west – which is best for solar panels

Due east or due west – which is best for solar panels

So, before going to the crux of what’s best, east or west, we need to look at just how much you’d benefit from placing your solar energy dreams into the hands of the team at Renaissance Solar in Cape Town.

Turning your plans for harnessing the sun into a reality starts with finding a team like this who care about people, who are passionate about using locally manufactured products of high quality, and are driven to offer superb service.

This is how Renaissance Solar has kept growing since it was first established in 2009, taking out into the field the message that high quality, SABS approved solar products can be affordable enough to suit the budget of every South African household.

So, to the matter of which is best, due south or due east

Actually, if you’re looking for maximum efficiency out of your solar panels, it’d be great to have them perpendicular to the sun, so that they can follow the sun from east to west, but, and it’s a big but, it’s going to cost!

The fact that having the solar panels perpendicular to the sun is also difficult, is another reason that most homeowners opt to have the panels set around 30 degrees, facing north.

So, where does installing the solar systems due east or due west come into the picture?

Here’s where

What happens in the morning?

Everything! You’ll want that first cuppa java if you’re a caffeine junkie, and, if you hanker for a Jamie Oliver breakfast of hearty rich porridge, or a true South African breakfast with all the trimmings, all the power you need will be available, directly from the sun!

And in the middle of the day?

All the lean and hungry appliances like the dishwasher and washing machine come into their own late morning. And when the sun is at its peak, you can bring out the power tools to tackle all those DIY tasks you keep putting off or…if you’re feeling particularly energetic after lunch, mow the lawn! (Could earn you much needed brownie points!)

What about late afternoon?

Well, this is the time you’ll be wanting to get that roast into the oven to produce perfection for dinner or, plan on delivering a delicious home baked apple pie that’ll hit the sweet spot perfectly!

If you’ve got a little extra left in the tank, you could always bake a loaf of homemade bread to add to the beloved bread bin!

…and off-peak use?

This is where east or west facing solar panels come into their own.  Their total energy production may be less than that of panels facing due north, but the point of east or west-facing panels is that you’ll have electricity when you’re going to need it most.

Don’t go for the Mickey Mouse version of a solar system!

This is where the team at Renaissance Solar will help you to be absolutely sure that once you’ve made the big decision about installing solar panels, you won’t be disappointed with their delivery of solar power.

Cheap will cost more and leave you frustrated!

Speak to them about the voltage you’ll need and the right inverter to get everything up and running the way it should on the power of the sun!

Contact Renaissance Solar in Cape Town if you’re ready for a solar geyser, solar water heating system, and Hybrid or Grid-Tied PV system in Cape Town, with the full turn-key systems on offer by this team, you’ll have everything pointing in the right direction!

Are you connected to solar energy yet?

Are you connected to solar energy yet?

Everybody who’s anybody has a lot to say about what’s happening to our world in terms of climate change, and most know full well that the burning of fossil fuels will continue to be the main culprit for the escalation in climate change, and still they burn.

Yet despite this, and the ever-increasing electricity hikes, many are still hesitant about choosing the cleaner, environmentally friendly option of solar energy, especially in South Africa with its sunny skies.

So, what makes people think twice about solar energy?

Costs

The costs associated with investing in a solar energy system is at the forefront of our minds where it comes to making the right decision about solar energy.

It’s easy to think that the cost of investing in a solar energy system installation is out of your league, but with solar panels dropping in prices faster than Eskom can raise tariffs, solar energy is now within reach of many more South Africans.

Giant leaps in the development of new technology to lower costs, as well as to increase energy storage, contribute towards a future not too far distant, in which every home will sport solar panels.

If just 2 minutes of sunshine can sustain the energy needs for all of humanity, is it really worth taking your time about getting connected to that raw, natural energy?

Ultimately, it’s all about finding the right system to suit your needs with the help of a trusted solar energy company like Renaissance Solar, so that you’ll be able to make an informed decision about your move into solar energy.

And on the sunny side?

Well, looking at the benefits of solar energy makes biting the bullet and putting your money where your mouth is a little easier.

So what are the benefits?

  • Saving money

You work hard for your money, which is why the initial outlay in a solar system can hurt, but, once that’s out of the way, opening your electricity bill will become a champagne moment every month!

Besides which, this is when you start seeing that it is really a great return on investment.

  • Increasing your property value

Today, buyers have become far more interested in investing in homes that already have a solar panel system installed, making your home more attractive in terms of energy efficiency and eco-friendliness will go a long way to securing the best price possible.

  • Low maintenance

Really, it’s a case of having your solar system installed, sitting back and enjoying all the benefits that come with not having to maintain the system. It’s a sure-fired way to reap all that’s good about solar energy, for many years to come.

  • Carbon footprint reduction

If reducing your carbon footprint is as important to you as it should be to all, installing a solar power system will go a long way to doing your bit towards fighting global warming. It’s time for us to start giving back for what we’ve taken from Mother Nature!

  • Do with it what you choose to do

You may already have those solar lamps and lights adorning your home and garden, but with a little more help from solar panels, you can use the power of the sun to charge batteries, generate hot water, electricity and to power lights.

  • If you’re ready to connect to the power of the sun…

Whether you’re raring to go or still scribbling figures around your budget, the awesome team of solar experts at Renaissance Solar in Cape Town would be happy to partner with you on your journey to successful renewable energy!

 

 

Will electricity become something only the elite can afford?

Will electricity become something only the elite can afford?

The answer to this question is a resounding yes! At the rate that electricity tariffs keep rising, and with the monopoly resting in the hands of a failing and corrupt power giant, electricity will become so expensive that it will become a luxury that even a middle class family cannot afford.

This sad state of affairs is directly as a result of mismanagement and corruption in the only power supplier we have, and while this energy giant is under continuing investigation, the chances of a reliable, affordable source of energy seems further off than ever before.

Considering the worldwide move to solar energy, it’s shocking that natural energy sources such as wind and sun are virtually non-existent, especially in one of the best climates for both sources of energy!

The onus now rests on individuals and commerce to make the change to solar energy, while the lights are still on, because the day there won’t be electricity cannot be too far off.

In fact, we were looking at the complete shutdown of Eskom by April 2019, and if that didn’t get everyone scrambling for an alternative energy source then nothing will!

Renewable energy = food security

We are already well-aware of the fact that renewable energy has many advantages as opposed to coal and fossil fuel generated energy. What is seldom discussed is the positive impact that solar energy can have on the predicted global food scarcity we could face by 2050, if we keep going at the current rate.

Renewable energy uses less water to produce energy, and also drastically cuts the amount of fossil fuel emissions that have left our planet reeling through climate change.

With the global population expected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050, our food supplies will be under greater stress than they already are, in which millions are already dying of starvation every day somewhere in the world.

No scare statistics

These are not scare statistics designed to get you to run to your closest solar energy installer, rather, they are the reality we face if we don’t start changing the way we access energy and treat our environment.

Contributing to a sustainable future

Solar energy, whether you’re installing a solar geyser, opting for a Hybrid  or Grid-Tie PV system, is a sustainable solution that cannot be ignored in a country battling with drought in many areas.

Renewable energy not only lowers carbon emissions, it also uses less water in the production of energy, and we cannot afford to waste any more water than we already have.

The coal facts

Coal reserves are fast being depleted in South Africa, which means that we’re no longer bringing in an income from coal exports exporting coal, which should be of great concern to us all.

That said

There’s so much more to say about the huge impact that harnessing the energy of the sun as the source of our energy requirements that there isn’t enough space to go into it now, but it’s worth every moment you spend looking into a brighter future brought about through solar energy.

Speak to a solar energy expert instead of to a salesman!

Where it comes to finding a solar energy company in Cape Town you can trust not to sell you more than you need, leave the salesman out. Choose to speak to a team that has the knowledge and experience to ensure that you’ll have the right solar energy system to meet all your power requirements, without fleecing you.

Renaissance Solar is all about guiding their clients to a new way of meeting all power needs, from solar hot water systems and PV solar systems in Cape Town and surround.

You can also expect that this friendly team of experts work hard to bring you solar energy at low prices for superb quality, which will offer you a fantastic return on investment.

If you’d like to know what to expect from Renaissance Solar, mosey on over to check out what their customers have to say about the quality workmanship of this company, standard of professionalism and passion for people and their products!

The bare basics of solar energy for beginners

The bare basics of solar energy for beginners

Spend 10 minutes with a tech whiz, ask them a question…or two, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to another planet that speaks a completely foreign language!

Much the same can be said about understanding solar energy, especially for those of us who simply don’t speak the language, at all.

Because of the growing affordability of solar panels and the escalating costs of Eskom power, more and more South Africans are opting to move to solar energy.

We’re going to take as basic a look as possible to make understanding solar energy a little bit easier in preparation for your meeting with your choice of solar energy expert.

Where to start:

Choose a reputable solar company

Once you’ve managed to wrap your head around some of the basics of solar energy, be very careful about who you approach for quotes.

You need to check the credentials and reputation of your solar energy installer, especially because you don’t speak the language, so that you’ll know you won’t be led around the bush to an expensive mistake.

Ask as many questions as you need to. Any solar energy, solar geyser or solar hot water system installer worth his or her salt will be more than happy to answer them clearly, in a language you can understand.

The 4 main components of solar energy systems:

Solar panels

The main components of solar energy systems are made up of solar panels.  The panels available today are either monocryststalline or polycrystalline; okay, they’re pretty big words, to say the least, but the good news is that if you buy a reputable brand you don’t need to stress about poly or mono panels, since both work just as well in South Africa.

Solar panel brands

There are good brands on the market your solar panels a lifespan of 25 plus years.

There are brands that are budget friendly and those that are in the higher budget bracket, just make sure that you don’t choose cheap ‘no name’ panels that’ll last a tiny fraction of the 25 years that good quality solar panels will give you.

Speak to the team at Renaissance Solar in Cape Town about the brands available in South Africa, they’ll be more than happy to give you the best advice, since they’re planning to stick around a very long time and don’t want to ruin an already awesome reputation!

The bottom line is that, as with anything else you buy, you get what you pay for.  A good investment earns you excellent returns, where a not-so-good investment is going to end up costing you more than you should be paying for the foreseeable future.

 

Inverters

The next main component used in a solar energy system is the inverter. Inverters convert the DC (Direct Current) electricity that solar panels are able to produce into 240V AC electricity.

Because the inverter has to work very hard on a daily basis, they are the one component that will need replacing in the solar energy system somewhere between the first 10 to 15 years, making it well worth investing in a high quality inverter.

 

Batteries

Here is where you can make the most important decision of your system. There are batteries that are ‘cheap’ last 600 cycles and cant go below 50% discharge. Some of these are deep cycle batteries a little like car batteries.

Then there are Lithium batteries – can go to 80% or more discharge and can go to around 6000 cycles. Warranted for 10 years they are likely to last much longer and will make all the difference to a system working well for you or working ‘just ok’.

 

Mounting

Next up in the four main components of a solar energy system installation is the mounting. This is what will be installed securely on your roof for the mounting of your solar panels. And most importantly to be connected correctly to your Distribution Board. Any installers fall down on that one.

 

Things to think about in general

You need to know just how much electricity is used in your home and when it is used most.  You’ll also want to know how many panels you’ll need, which will be determined by usage and time of usage. The panels and inverter and batteries all need to be matched together to give you the optimum system for your requirement.

A last word

If you are still feeling dizzy about this ‘basic’ information, that’s okay, there are some pretty big words thrown around here and there.

Best idea? Take your questions to Renaissance Solar in Cape Town and they’ll draw the mental pictures you need to put your solar system puzzle together, before you make the investment of a lifetime!

This is a team that speaks about solar energy in a language far more easily understood and they’re more than happy to make making the transition to solar energy a lot less stressful!

Contact this team passionate about seeing solar panels become the norm in Cape Town; they’re waiting to do all they can to make the change a lot easier than it may seem at the moment.

How long do you still want to fumble around in the dark?

How long do you still want to fumble around in the dark?

This is a very loaded question for South Africans at the moment, and will be for the foreseeable future.

Just as we thought things were getting better after the last round of load shedding by Eskom, the lights went out, leaving us in the dark yet again!

Talking about the future, in an article as far back as December 2018, it was said by energy experts that South Africa would quite literally be in the dark for many years to come.

It also said that load shedding would subside around March 2019. Well, here we are, heading into a very uncertain April 2019, back in the black.

Eskom is however deeply in the red, and we all know why, yet we are the ones paying for it, in every sense of the word.

We might as well get our heads well out of the sand because the financial problems at Eskom will not improve, unless you’re planning on hanging in there until 2050 perhaps?

Maintenance costs billions, coal shortages won’t get any better, and since 80% of Eskom’s power generation relies heavily on coal supply, we might even be looking at a complete failure of our power system as a result of spiralling inefficiency.

We pay in how it affects our daily lives, how it impacts on lives that depend on power to keep critical medical equipment functioning and another hundred other things most of us don’t think about unless it affects us.

Small business is in dire straits every time black outs roll in, and in an economy that is prime, fertile ground  for entrepreneurs, especially with high unemployment rates, load shedding is sounding the death knell for many of these brave people striking out on their own.

Here’s a bit more food for thought from Times Live and Fin24 before we head briefly into the area that offers relief from the darkness, like no other in the natural world.

We need our heroes to step up to the plate now, and in the sphere of power supply, our heroes are those who are passionate about harnessing the never-ending, out-of-this-world power of our beautiful sun!

It takes locals too, like the team at Renaissance Solar, who know the lay of the land well enough to make sure that no matter how we start our foray into the world of solar power in Cape Town, it’ll start off on the right foot.

Even if all you do is start by investing in a solar hot water system or convert your existing electric geyser to solar, you’re about half way there.

If your use of electricity costs you 50% of your power bill, imagine what the future of your wallet will look like from the day you switch over to a solar hot water system?

If you want to take everything a step further and keep the power on for appliances, lights, laptops and mobile phones, the incredible return on investment will more than make up for what you put in initially.

Solar power has become more than just a pipe dream for ordinary South Africans.

With solar panels coming down in price every year and electricity going up every third month or so, it’s a no-brainer that solar power is in reach of anyone struggling to keep up with high electricity bills.

Renaissance Solar does so much more than offer high quality PV solar panels in Cape Town, from their base in Fish Hoek, and their association with Trust Solar, they also have their own secret recipe for offering low prices for that same high quality.

The team at Renaissance Solar know their stuff, and they’re down-to-earth people that will sit down with you to work out what your power requirements are, without putting any spin on it all that you can’t understand.

They’ll work around your budget and then introduce you to the best way forward for your first step into harnessing the power of the sun!

Whether you’re interested in grid-tie, hybrid or going completely and utterly of the grid, Renaissance lays it out for you in a language that you’ll be able to understand, so that you’ll be in a position to make an informed decision.

If you don’t have the ready cash to install a solar geyser or solar panels, take out that second bond, beg the bank or go down on your knees to the in-laws (even if it means you’ll have to mow their lawn for the foreseeable future), close your eyes, take the leap and make one of the best investments you’ll ever make in your life.

If you’re ready to take the future of your power supply into your own hands, let Renaissance Solar introduce you to a whole new world in which you’ll never fumble around in the dark again!

Oh yes, by the way, if you’re wondering whether the water from a solar hot water system will be warm enough for a luxurious shower, the answer is absolutely yes!

42 degrees is the comfortable level, even in winter, but just watch out in summer, or there’ll be a bit of scalding here and there!

Take Back Your Freedom by Going Solar in 2019

Take Back Your Freedom by Going Solar in 2019

Electricity in South Africa isn’t exactly reliable and people are feeling frustrated with the fact that nothing is being done about it. Inconvenient power outages/load shedding have been a part of our lives for many years. On top of the fact that they are untimely, they also cost you money. Money on takeaways when the power is out during meal times, and money to replace appliances that had enough of power surges every time the power comes on.

What’s even worse is that Eskom is planning on raising tariffs with an extravagant 13.8% this year and more for the next two years at least. Our electricity has become a case of imprisonment and leave us with few choices. Solar energy is one of the few options we can turn to in order to break free from the tight grip Eskom has on South Africans.

Did you know that you can run your entire home on solar power? Just by installing a solar water heater, you can cut your electricity bill by 40% right away!  And then you can install Photo Voltaic panels and begin to become less and less reliant on Eskom and the Grid. And if you’re worried about not generating solar power on overcast or rainy days, don’t! Solar batteries can store excess energy to use at a later stage and get you through load shedding.

Solar Panels in Cape Town Prices

While installing a solar power system will require an investment on your part, you’ll quickly start saving and before you know it will reap the benefits of your investment. Get in touch with the team at Renaissance Solar to book your free consultation for the most affordable solar panel prices in Cape Town.

It is time to take back the power and generate your own electricity by installing a quality solar power system by Renaissance Solar. It will save you money in the long run, make you more self-sustainable and eco-friendly and take some pressure off the grid.

Why choose Renaissance Solar Hot Water Systems first & foremost

Why choose Renaissance Solar Hot Water Systems first & foremost

The solar industry has grown exponentially in the last twenty years, burgeoning into an industry that has proven the fact that South Africa is definitely the darling of the sun, all year round.

Winter or summer, solar water heating in Cape Town beats electric power hands down, for all the major reasons we know already; massive savings on exorbitant electricity bills, and a positive contribution to protecting our environment by using green energy.

Here’s why clients old and new, trust Renaissance with the supply and installation of quality solar hot water systems in Cape Town:

Trust

Trust is implicit when dealing with a solar installation company like Renaissance. They have been around long enough to be a stable company that can be counted on to be at the other end of the phone when help or advice is needed, always ready to offer outstanding technical support.

We need this, since the average man in the street needs a team that’ll paint a simple picture of what to expect of our solar water heating system, instead of boggling and confusing us with technical jargon we’ll never grasp.

The simplicity with which this team shares an extensive knowledge of their products and installation processes is the bottom line that inspires confidence and trust.

Quality

There are solar water heating systems and then there are solar water heating systems! Nothing less than the very best is considered good enough at Renaissance Solar.

A solar hot water heating system isn’t cheap, but it’s a long term investment you’d like to know will be an excellent ROI, one that will last even beyond its projected life span.

You’ll get the best advice about how to reach the point where an affordable solar water heating system is par for the course, working with this down to earth team around your budget to get the most out of true quality.

Professional service excellence

You just can’t beat the 100% mark given Renaissance Solar by satisfied clients, which is echoed in many different forms in outstanding recommendations that are confidence-inspiring on their very user-friendly website.

You get professional with a stiff upper lip, and then you get sheer professionalism of the calibre that has made the Renaissance team the go-to team for all things solar in Cape Town, the magic ingredient being an open attitude of friendliness and approachability.

These are qualities that are rare in any industry today, harking back to a time when superb customer service was the only guarantee of lasting success.

Passionate harnessing of solar energy

Harnessing the beautiful sun in South Africa is second nature to this team, and they as passionate about it as we are, living in our beautiful Western Cape climate.

If you are privileged enough to live anywhere within two hours of Cape Town, Renaissance Solar will be at your door without wasting any of your valuable time.

Installations are done when, where and how on time, without stalling, completing a job that will exceed expectations, every time.

If you’ve reached the point where you’re tired of being afraid to open your power bill each month, tired of trying to keep up with constant rises in electricity tariffs just to have hot water, it’s time to give the team at Renaissance Solar a call!

Changing the face of the solar industry in Cape Town is their mission, and they’re giving it their all, remaining at the forefront of a driven cause towards solar energy systems installed in every home and business.

List your questions and your requirements, and all will be answered without hesitation by this team of experts at the cost of a simple phone call!

Let Renaissance Solar introduce you to an unwavering commitment to sharing the fundamentals that lead to the most abundant source of natural energy in South Africa.

Put paid to load shedding & invest in solar power in 2019.

Put paid to load shedding & invest in solar power in 2019.

Without warning, South Africa was plunged into darkness again during November 2018, when load shedding reared its ugly head yet again.  This is the time of year most businesses can least afford to shut shop or work at a third of normal capacity, making it a crippling blow for many.

It’s also that time when families and friends get together to share the festive season, with the lights on, preferably. But there you have it, out of the confusion that is Eskom, load shedding started just as we thought we might be out of the woods.

It’s hard to believe that in a country as drenched in sunshine as South Africa is, there are still people that doubt the worth of solar power, and measure the initial expense of a solar installation against continually rising electricity bills.

What you’d spend to install solar panels according to your power requirements, will pale in comparison with what you’ll be paying for coal-fired electricity over a period of a few years.

You may need to consider taking out a bond or breaking into savings to install solar panels, but you’ll get it back within 3 to 4 years, and you won’t be paying a fortune for electricity from the day the system is installed!

If you’re still sitting on the fence, the answer to the following questions may take you off it and into the solar power revolution:

How much money would you really like to save?

It’s almost impossible to keep up with the cost of living, let alone exorbitantly high electricity tariffs, so most of us could really do with saving money to be used more constructively elsewhere.

There are huge savings to be capitalised on for any business or residential property boasting a quality solar power installation.

You could start as small as installing a solar water heating system and migrate from there once you’ve seen just how much just this step will save you.

Would you like to know exactly what your budget for power will be month to month?

At the rate that Eskom is going in terms of regular tariff increases that no one can do anything about, no amount of careful budgeting is going to help if you can never tell what power will cost, even in the very short term.

With a solar power installation, you’ll know exactly what your budget should look like for power.  This is especially important for any business relying on strict budgets required to remain competitive, without having to deal with unpredictable tariff increases.

Would you like complete control over your energy?

The power of the sun is available all year round, nothing interrupts it and leaves you in the dark. You won’t have to deal with energy that steals a major chunk of change and cannot be relied on to boot.

Last but not least – would you like to reduce your carbon footprint?

The carbon footprint we have left on this earth is leaving us with less and less natural resources, and it’s time to take a serious stand against anything that requires the burning of fossil fuels or release of other manmade pollutants.

In South Africa, our power is generated by coal-fired plants, and the negative effects, to our environment and to health, is massive.

Burning coal contains dangerous metals such as lead and mercury, among others, as well as large amounts of carbon dioxide. Taken together, all these carbon emissions are endangering our planet, increasing the greenhouse effect that has already led to massive global warming.

Is this really the type of energy you still want to be using when Mother Nature has provided so abundantly?

Let the team at Renaissance Solar in Cape Town introduce you to quality solar panels and hot water heating systems that’ll keep the power on, no matter how much load shedding is going on around you.