Save money by going solar
Savvy consumers are turning to solar energy and related solar products to beat the escalating price of electricity from Eskom. Thanks to technological advances and attractive rebates on certain solar products, home solar-electric systems are more popular and affordable than ever.
In Sandton, Johannesburg, Stefan Erasmus faced electrical bills that averaged R3300,00 a month and spiked to nearly R5800,00 during the cold days of winter. Erasmus then installed solar panels on the roof of their home in Sandton. “Now our utility bill averages about R770 each month,” said Erasmus.
“When I compare the cost of installing the system with what we will save on our bills over the next two decades, solar gives us an incredible return on investment. For us, it was all about the money and savings.”
For homeowners interested in using solar panels to combat high energy bills, here are four important points to consider:
Reliable solar panels.
Because home solar-energy systems should last for at least 25 years, homeowners must know theirs is built to last. Many customers find assurance in purchasing products with proven longevity.
The right solar installer.
Experience and reputation are critical in selecting a solar installer. This solar professional will not only design your system and install the panels, but he or she will guide you through the process of obtaining tax incentives, rebates and financing options, potentially saving you thousands of Rands.
Smart solar system design.
A residential solar system must be designed to produce the right amount of power for your home and lifestyle. A good installer will review your previous year’s energy bills along with the orientation and shading of your roof. Check your installer’s credentials for signs of trustworthy certification, for instance, as a manufacturer’s authorized installer.
Guaranteed solar performance.
A factory process called “plus sorting” ensures that solar panels are tested to meet or exceed their nameplate power rating. Without plus sorting, system owners can find their systems producing as a much as 5 percent less energy than advertised. In addition, a 25-to-30-year linear warranty and 10-year workmanship warranty provide consumer protection.
With these four components in place, homeowners often experience a 50 percent decrease in their electric bills, and sometimes eliminate their bills completely.