For most of us, electricity has always been fundamental to our lives and, until we started experiencing load shedding and power outages, we’ve probably taken it for granted. As a result, we are all very dependent on a stable supply of electricity and we feel uncomfortable – and often disgruntled – when we find ourselves without it.

That’s why it’s necessary to consider alternative options. While the initial capital outlay is relatively high, it is extremely rewarding that once we are generating our own electricity, it’s actually free!

A good rule of thumb is to start by reducing your electrical usage and then make a decision on what elements you would like to run via the system. We strongly recommend that you don’t run appliances such as geysers, stoves, heaters and kettles on your Solar PV system. As all these appliances use large amounts of electricity, it would make better sense to consider solar or gas for geysers, gas stoves and hobs, as well as heaters, as a sound way of reducing your electricity usage.

Once you have managed to reduce your electricity bill and can see the savings you are generating, it’s time to look at fitting a system, either as a back-up, or a free-energy PV System.