Surge Protection When Power is back

It is important to install surge protection devices in your place of business or in your home. Electric surges are one of the main causes of damage caused to equipment during power outages. 

Power cuts cause surges which could potentially damage any devices that are connected to your plugs at home or at work. Load shedding increases the risk of power surges, particularly when the power is switched back on. Read the rest

15 No-cost Ideas to Save Power

Electricity is expensive – make no bones about it. The secret is to save wherever you can without it costing you anything. It is time to think smart and to think out of the box so that you can put money back into your bank account instead of forking out more each month. 

Here are fifteen smart (and small), inexpensive ways to save on your power bill 

  • Turn off those unnecessary lights – switching off lights an extra couple of hours a day can save you over the long haul – it is time to switch to LED lighting 
  • Use task lighting – using side and table lamps, track lighting and under-counter lights instead of ceiling lights will go a long way to saving power 
  • Hot water costs money – cutting shower and bath time will save you substantially 
  • Always switch off taps when brushing teeth, washing hands or shaving – by reducing your hot water usage you can cut costs  
  • Always unplug unused electrical devices – did you know that standby power can account for up to 10% of an average household’s annual electricity use?
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Solar Systems and Low-cost Housing

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges that South Africa faces is the backlog in the building and distribution of excellent, lowcost housing to the masses. Suffice to say, solar technology is a cost-effective resolution for providing energy to lowcost houses as it assists in the supply of electricity which is vital for both lighting and the delivery of hot water to thousands of these homes. Read the rest

Is Surge Protection Neccessary

Electricity moves from areas of high electric potential to areas of low electric potential, travelling from one end of a wire to the opposite end. 

There is one vital job that a surge protector needs to perform, and that is to detect any excess voltage and to then divert the excess electricity into a grounding wire; the very reason why all surge protectors are equipped with a grounding pin (the third prong on an electrical plug). Read the rest