Cape Town calls for power saving

2011-03-23 17:06

Cape Town- Cape Town residents are being urged to cut electricity usage by 25 - 40%, the city said on Wednesday.

"From 2010 to 2013 it's likely that your electricity bill will more than double, or even triple... Saving electricity is about saving hard-earned rands," said Sarah Ward, the city's spokesperson for energy and climate change.

Cape Town home owners would receive flyers with power saving advice in their rates accounts for the next three months, she said.

The installation of energy efficient showerheads, geyser blankets, solar water heating and ceiling insulation are measures which would save electricity and add to the value of the property, Ward said.

Residential consumption was responsible for 43% of Cape Town's total electricity consumption.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-03-23 17:22

    Eish, the winter she will be hard and cold and diificult. Power she will be scarce, and da money for da power even scarcer. Hau, dis sounds like da government as well as Eskom. Now for me to sing a ling my favourite song - " Hello darkness my old friend, i see we have no elektric again"..................

  • gizzy - 2011-03-23 17:30

    Bullshit. I installed a solar geyser and I only save maximum 10% on my electricty bill. The more I save the more they charge per unit. You see if we all save 40% they'd get 40% less revenue so they will just make up the shortfall for charging us more. I am sick of these politicians taking us for fools.

      sharpeijane - 2011-03-23 17:37

      That's interesting. I was thinking of solar water heating. But if you are only saving 10% no point. How big is your home / family? Maybe that makes a difference. Please comment.

      gizzy - 2011-03-23 18:10

      sharpjane, I live in a 4 bedroom house and there are 4 of us in it. I've changed all my light bulbs to "energy saving" and installed a solar water heating system and I can tell you that my saving is 10% max. I was lead to believe that I could save up to 30%. Rubbish! I paid R18.000-00 for the full system. It will take years of savings to get back my lay out. Every cent I have "saved" has just been taken back again with all the increases. You can't win. I think they are bluffing us because there is not enough electricity to go around and they use the word "saving" to get us all out buying solar panels. I wish they would just be honest and stop taking us for fools.

  • Wishbone - 2011-03-23 17:34

    Wouldn't it be great if we could show Eskom the middle finger and become self sufficient wrt power?!

  • exocist - 2011-03-23 17:42

    blow it out your of your backside it's industry that uses more electricity, if you can't keep up the supply give the job to someone who can, stop holding the poor ratepayers hostage you people in the counsel earn ridiculous salaries

  • thabiedm - 2011-03-23 17:52

    Enron lol. Doesn't matter what we do, saving electricity doesn't cure the greed grows so rapidly in government and all entities surrounding them. Rich getting richer and the know how it goes.

  • Deon - 2011-03-23 18:03

    Well why is the lights along the N1 near Century City always on during the day? What a waste.

  • Trevor - 2011-03-23 18:14

    AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS CAN BLOW ITS PIE HOLE bunch of gold digging moles....we must save, ok I want my FREE SOLAR GEYSER like you dishing out to your voters....we heading for a state where the ANC GIVES ALL the electricity FREE to the majority while the rest of us must fork out THOUSANDS to "save" and then you going to tax us somehow to make up for the free loaders whom WE are supporting in the end...ANC you so GATVOL of you Silver Back Gorilla's parasites...

  • gizzy - 2011-03-23 18:25

    Why don't they give joe public insentives to save. I lived in the UK 15 years ago. You paid less for electricty between 9pm and 5am. Most people left their washing for that time.That way there was an even spread of electricity use. Here it's all about milking joe public until there is no milk left.

  • gavindn - 2011-03-23 18:28

    When is the SA government eventually going to wake up and adopt daylight savings time? Even 3rd world African countries like Egypt and yes even our next door neighbour Namibia turn their clocks forward in their respective summers and not just most 1st world western countries as the obvious critics may suggest. Daylight savings is a proven method of saving electricity even if only by a small margin and for anybody who beg to differ go and Google it!!! C'mon ANC I know we're 3rd world but even other 3rd world countries have beaten us to this already and it is working for stop loading more pressure on consumers and take this to task!!!

      gizzy - 2011-03-23 18:45

      Daylight saving doesn't really work. We don't have dusk in this country so CT would be dark by 7pm and Durban by 6pm in summer. Crazy if you think that's our tourist season.

      gavindn - 2011-03-24 00:46

      @gizzy I did mention in my previous post that you need to go and Google about facts on daylight savings time. For a start Cape Town will not be dark by 7pm in summer nor Durban by 6pm. Adopting daylight savings will give Cape Town daylight until about 9:30pm and Durban about 8:30pm in high summer. Secondly we're burning daylight on summer mornings in this country as the fast majority of Durbanites are not awake at 4am in high summer when daylight breaks. So shifting that an hour later by advancing the clock will make the daylight break by about 5am in Durban in high summer and about 6am in Cape Town. I'll bet you my last Rand the vast majority of people in this country rise work in any case between 5-6am and not 4-5am. In addition I'm sure the majority of Durbanites is tired of sitting in pitch black darkness by 7:30pm even in high summer when Cape Town is baking in sunlight for at least another hour. So giving Durbanites that extra hour of daylight in summer until at least 8:30pm will only be welcomed by them to provide more after work leasure time in daylight instead of the usual darkness the poor east coast folks have to endure summer after summer. I'm also sure Cape Town folk will only embrace this even more after work daylight and it's been well documented the western half of SA is already experiencing a semi form of daylight savings due to it's western geographical location even without daylight savings time in high summer.

  • Carolyn - 2011-03-23 22:30

    What about all the buildings and shops that leave their lights burning all day and all night????

  • Spookhuis - 2011-03-24 06:24

    My water heating, stove and oven are all gas. My lighting is all low energy and LED. I still get a thousand rand a month bill, what else can I do, I ask with tears in my eyes?

      SnoopFish - 2011-03-24 11:25

      If ur running on Gas does that incl the cost of your gas? if not then something is not right. how many people are u in a house. if u have a pool, how long do you run the pump for?

  • Tish - 2012-05-03 09:21

    We have converted our entire house to LED lights and the wattage is now 80% less. Its worked! our consumption has gone down 90% -now could someone tell me why only having our geyser on for 1 hour per day made no difference?

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