How to reduce your electricity bill over time with small changes

Light bulbs In  homes, all incandescent bulbs – mainly candle bulbs in chandeliers and bedside lights – can be changed to compact fluorescents (CFL). Payback on LED bulbs for lights that operate for approximately five hours per day is typically four to six months. Building a habit of switching off lights when a room is not occupied will also reduce consumption. It is worth taking a look at down lights too as many are still 40 to 45 watt bulbs. They can be replaced with 3W LED bulbs, which are…

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#Airpocalypse in South Africa.

A new Greenpeace study has found that the little town of Kriel in Mpumalanga is the second-largest sulphur dioxide emissions (SO₂) hot spot in the world after the Norilsk smelter complex in Russia. The study, which was commissioned by Greenpeace India and released yesterday, cited Mpumalanga as the largest SO₂ pollution hot spot in Africa with the cluster of mega power plants in Nkangala, including Duvha (3 600MW), Kendal (4 000MW) and Kriel (3 000MW) coal power stations producing mega anthropogenic SO₂ emissions between 2017 and 2018. In the meantime, Africa Greenpeace had…

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Eskom’s net financial loss – R21 billion

The power utility is finally in a leading position, albeit negative. It  reported a net loss of R21 billion, higher than any single company in South Africa. And for once, not all the money went to the pockets of its massive staff complement of more than 46 000 or the top jocks’ pockets, but for diesel to keep the lights on in the country. Not enough coal now that the Guptas are gone, 10 power stations had no coal and South Africans went back to the dark ages with candle…

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Why the lights might go off again

Eskom: Another expert explains why load shedding “will return in August” There seems to be a growing consensus among industry analysts that load shedding will make a return to South Africa next month, as Eskom limps forward. Now might be a good time to invest in some candles: The spectre of load shedding is on the horizon, according to Intellidex analyst Peter Attard Montalto. He’s the second expert within the last few weeks who has predicted another round of Eskom power cuts before the end of winter. Experts fear another…

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Another R59 billion bailout for Eskom

The  government is making an extra R59 billion ($4.24 billion) available to Eskom for the power utility to use over the next two years, according to a special appropriation bill seen by Reuters. At the same time, national Energy Regulator Nersa is reviewing increases proposed by Eskom without consulting Nersa. This will hopefully see a drop in utility prices if fair and transparent as the fuel price decrease was eaten up in the consumer pocket by this “illegal” raise.

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Take the dollars and run

People and companies in Zimbabwe hold $1.3 billion in foreign currency accounts, central bank governor John Mangudya said on Monday after the finance minister announced that individuals will be allowed to withdraw their U.S. dollars in cash. According to Mangudya, an outstanding amount of 10 million USD will be paid to Eskom, reports Daily Maverick. Just imagine what Eskom can do with that amount.

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