Energy Efficient Home office

10 Smart Tips to Make Your Home Office More Energy Efficient

Many of us have been forced to work remotely from home as the lockdown continues, and even as the lockdown starts easing off, businesses from many sectors are continuing in this vein. Working remotely although challenging at first, is great for saving time, money and encourages staff members to be self-disciplined. 

It does, however, cost money to run a home office and could make an impact on utility bills if you continue to do so. Read the rest

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Protect Your Electronics as Lockdown Eases Off

Now more than ever before we need to protect our electronic systems as the economy plays catch-up. It is a hard fact that many companies will decide to let their employees work remotely from their home offices, as this will save money and time, although many businesses as they open their doors are trickling back to their formal work environments, offices, shops, factories and warehouses. Read the rest

Invest Smartly and Ensure the Lights Stay on in Your Business

Keeping your lights on is what matters exponentially. This is perhaps what will matter most once normality resumes after the lockdown period has ceased and life goes back to being normal in a sense. Although most of us realise that “normal” will not be quite what it used to be, especially for many small to mediumsized enterprises, it is still important to keep doors open and revenue flowing. Read the rest

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Debunk Myths That Energy Used By Your SME is Seasonal

Most small businesses claim that their number one unpredictable and highest costs are their energy bill. Most of the energy used in businesses is electricity – it is time to start choosing practices that are energy-efficient to reduce these costs. It is a myth that energy used by SMEs is a seasonal issue – it isin fact, an all-year-round challenge. Read the rest

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Wine Farms Taking Advantage of Solar Energy

Electricity prices are continuously going up. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that many wine farms of all sizes are turning to other ways of getting power for their farms, Renewable power generation, especially the power generated from solar photovoltaic is becoming increasingly popular. 

The whole of the continent of Africa enjoys plenty of sunshine throughout the year – this is according to the SA Department of Energy.  Read the rest

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Shopping Centres and Solar Power

Owners of shopping malls and shopping centres, are now, more than ever, opting for solar power energy resources. It is time to take back the power and to become independent from the power grid. 

The past ten years have seen the price of electricity in South Africa increasing more than 300%! This is a huge amount of money and there is no end in sight for increases and demand.  Read the rest

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6 Small and Medium-Sized Business That Use the Most Energy

Small to medium-sized businesses must watch their energy consumption once they are up and running. It is easy for power usage to spiral out of control. Get your utility to assist with breaking down exactly where the energy costs are being used. 

These six businesses are the biggest culprits for using the most energy 

  • Car Dealerships 
  • Grocery outlets 
  • Bakeries 
  • Restaurants 
  • Convenience stores 
  • Hotels and Motels 

Why car dealerships use so much energy 

Perhaps the three biggest causes of using so much energy in the car dealership industry would be lighting, lighting and lighting! Read the rest

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Ways To Make Your Warehouse More Energy Efficient

The biggest energy gobblers in any warehouse are temperature control and lightning. Energy control in the form of heating, refrigeration and cooling will impact on your bottom line. By reducing the two biggest energy gobbling culprits, you can make a massive saving in your business. 

Save energy and money while reducing the carbon footprint of your warehousing facility – here’s how: 

Add shading around your warehouse as this will reduce heat and can minimise costs of cooling. Read the rest

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Protecting your Business from Lightning in South Africa

Before lightning strikes an object, it is referred to as being a “step leader”. This stepped leader is almost invisible and has a low current of about 200 amps. It reaches from the charge centre in the cloud towards its mirror image with the strike moving from one cloud to another, then towards earth. 

This step leader travels on an average of 50 metres in a microsecond, pauses for 49 microseconds then jumps, often branching out from the original step leader to numerous jumps. Read the rest