Eskom energy is shaky. First you have it, then you don’t. In the bigger scheme of things this is a good thing. We need to shift off fossil fuels anyway to save the climate. The more they charge us for energy, the better our motivation to take the plunge and do the sideways jump to renewables – essentially free power. Barring your installation of course.
There is only one way we can be assured of the energy we need to keep connecting and doing business and that is via renewable energy. Whilst the government throws more money at Eskom we have abundant sun, wind, waves and other renewable generators of energy. What is holding us back? It was always affordability. But is it still? Can we afford NOT to switch to renewables now?
We have reached energy parity, so as long as we can get good green financing to support the investment we could all do this. Altogether paying off your installation rather than funding a corrupt energy supplier, finding yourself vulnerable and paying more and more seems to me like common sense.
Next month, March, we will focus on the Renewable Energy March! Perhaps there are some energy boys out there who would like to offer our readers a special deal if we all order solar PV together? Like cheaper by the dozen kind of thing? Could this be a plan to break the deadlock for all our readers who just need the final nudge? I am happy to stand first in line to be powered by the sun.
Stage 1 of going off grid is of course lowering your energy consumption. So I assume that we already have solar geysers in place, LED lights, desktop computers replaced by laptops, ironing long ditched, so too tumble dryers from the previous century. But what about the dishwasher, fridge, washing machine. Of course we cook with gas. (Soon to be replaced by biogas – what makes more sense?)
We are inviting those in the businesses of eco appliances to also reach out and make it possible for our readers to replace the energy hungry dinosaurs. Long have we faced this dilemma whether it’s better to keep the old things or replace with eco versions? I used to stick with the former, but if this means saving on one whole panel – and using less water too – it seems the right thing to do. And perhaps passing on the old one to someone in need will also carry extra benefit. Slowly, I assume, they will all be recycled into new metal objects…
During this pivotal time we need to figure out NEW ways to facilitate change. We invite all players in the renewable energy field who would like to work with us to be in touch with Elma via Whatsapp on 084 868 2908 or Steve on 072 257 6662 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
And if you are keen to be part of such a discounted group purchase, drop me a line at email@example.com.
Let’s march towards Stage 2 this March – come join us.
By Elma Pollard