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Maximizing Savings from Your Solar Power and Battery Investments



Maximizing Savings from Your Solar Power and Battery Investments

Maximizing Savings from Your Solar Power and Battery Investments: South Africa is grappling with a challenging energy crisis characterized by load-shedding, erratic power supply, and escalating electricity costs.

Maximizing Savings from Your Solar Power and Battery Investments

From Cape Town to Johannesburg and across the country, these issues have become daily concerns for citizens. To regain control over energy expenses, many are turning to solar power and battery systems as a reliable solution.

Solar power not only addresses load-shedding but guarantees substantial electricity bill savings. This guide outlines how to maximize the benefits of your solar power system and enhance your savings.

Step 1: Invest in a Hybrid Inverter with Battery Backup

Your journey to savings begins with the selection of a hybrid inverter equipped with a battery backup as part of your solar power setup. This system empowers your home to utilize energy from solar panels while remaining connected to the grid. Critical appliances such as geysers, ovens, air conditioners, and pool pumps can operate on solar energy. During load-shedding events, the inverter seamlessly transitions to either solar power or battery backup, ensuring uninterrupted electricity supply.

Step 2: Optimize Solar Panel Placement

The positioning and orientation of your solar panels significantly impact their efficiency. Ideally, panels should face north in the southern hemisphere to capture maximum sunlight. If roof constraints prevent this, consider an east and west-facing panel configuration. Avoid shading to ensure panels operate at peak efficiency throughout the day.

Step 3: Battery Management for Efficiency

While having a fully charged battery during load-shedding is reassuring, it may not be the most cost-effective strategy. Analyze your typical energy consumption during outages and adjust battery retention accordingly. By aligning battery storage with your specific load-shedding demands, excess stored power can be utilized to power your home, reducing reliance on the grid.

Step 4: Schedule Appliance Usage Strategically

Solar panels generate power when there is daylight demand. To maximize savings, schedule the operation of high-energy-consuming appliances like geysers and pool pumps between 10 am and 3 pm when solar production is at its peak. Wi-Fi timers can assist in efficiently managing these appliances, ensuring consistent consumption throughout the day.

Step 5: Choose the Right Solar Provider

Selecting a reputable solar provider is critical to your savings journey. Seek out a provider like Metrowatt that offers post-installation monitoring and optimization services tailored to your usage patterns. These experts can help you fully unlock the potential of your solar system, even incorporating Wi-Fi timers to intelligently control your loads.


In a world where Eskom costs are on the rise, embracing a solar power system offers financial relief and a sustainable future for your home. By following these five key steps, you can harness the complete potential of your solar power investment, reduce your electricity bills, and secure a brighter, more sustainable future. Don’t let soaring electricity costs hinder your progress – embrace solar power and watch your savings flourish.

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced



Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Until 05:00 on Tuesday, stage 4 loadshedding will continue. Until further notice, Stage 2 and 4 loadshedding will take place.

Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Monday, 10 July 2023: Stage 4 loadshedding is being implemented until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday due to increased demand. On Wednesday, Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented from 14:00 until 05:00, followed by Stage 2 loadshedding from 05:00 to 14:00.

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There will be a daily implementation of this pattern until further notice. A new update will be published if any significant changes are made.

As of now, 14 252MW of generating capacity has been damaged by breakdowns, while 4 118MW of generating capacity has been out of service for planned maintenance.

As of today, Duvha, Hendrina, Kendal, Kriel, Matimba and Medupi power stations have each reactivated a generating unit.

The Arnot and Tutuka power stations each had a generation unit out of service due to a breakdown during the same period.

Tutuka Power Station’s current capacity constraints are due to the delay in resuming two generating units. In order to restore service to the generating units, Eskom teams are working around the clock.

Members of the public are being encouraged to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, and we want to thank the people who do heed the call. During the period between 17:00 and 21:00, please turn off your geysers and pool pumps as this reduces demand, alleviates pressure on the power system, and contributes to fewer stages of load-shedding.

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