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Why you should seriously consider installing a solar system now

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 by Administrator

Why you should seriously consider installing a solar system now

Southern Africa has been hit by power shortages that will worsen before they get better. This unfortunately means energy costs and the cost of living will rise in the short term across Southern Africa. Zimbabwe is no exception. In the Herald Newspaper of 26 October 2015, the Minister of Energy indicated that energy tariffs will rise from 9.8cents per KWh to around 14 cents per KWh. That is a whopping 43% increase. If you were paying $100 per month for your energy bill you will be paying $143 in the next few months. 


I am not being alarmist about the power problems we are currently we having. We have all experienced them and know when things are getting worse. This is why I am saying you need to invest in a solar system now. Many people have always viewed solar or any related technologies with some scepticism. It is not misplaced. Many questions go through our minds the first time we consider investing in something new. We don’t want to be wrong or to fail. Hence we postpone the decision to do so. 


In our article today we focus on why we think you should move over to solar. Solar has been used for a number of things since the start of the 18th century including starting a fire, cooking, heating water and powering machines. Some of these uses will surprise, but should leave you with no doubt that solar is here to stay and is becoming more and more accepted as a source energy in homes and businesses. Scientists have always been fascinated by nature and so in 1891 Baltimore inventor Clarence Kemp patented the first commercial solar water heater. Today we have many variations of this solar heater. We have observed that many people are installing such geysers and will agree that they dramatically reduce your monthly electricity bill. You can cut your bill by between 25 to 35% by installing a water heater. 


Costs of installing water heaters, solar power system are coming down rapidly as new technologies improve product quality and efficacy. A lot of things have changed since Albert Einstein published his paper on the photoelectric effect, which paved way for more research and development that has culminated in the solar power systems in use today. Energy collection conversion efficiencies have risen from 8% in 1957 when Hoffman Electronics launched its Solar panel to 25.6% in 2015 when Panasonic launched its most efficient panel. Even more important is the fact that we now have energy storage solutions that allow you us to collect and store energy and access it when we need it.


Going solar does not mean you cut yourself from the national grid. It simply means you reduce your dependency on them and more importantly you save money on electricity bill, as some of your electricity is coming directly from the sun. In Zimbabwe there is plenty of sunshine throughout the year. Most of our houses have enough space to accommodate a solar water heater and solar panels enough to produce a lot of power.  For instance you can decide that all your security lights, gate motor and alarm systems run off solar, while you heat water with solar heater and cook using gas.

 


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