Why you should think about alternative energy

The state of power seems to be a hot topic of conversation. One minute everything’s running smoothly and the next you’re without power for 4 hours at a time. Getting off the grid completely is costly, and it can take time. There are some initial changes that you can make around your house or business to ensure maximum success when you do take the plunge to look at alternative energy sources.

change your power guzzlers

Think about your lights and your appliances. Do you still buy incandescent light bulbs? If you do, you’re wasting a lot of power and your money. You should rather replace all your light bulbs with LED ones. They last far longer, and they draw less electricity when they’re in use. Next you should look at some of your appliances, like an oven and electric heaters. Both can be converted to gas. In the long run, it’ll be cheaper to use, and you won’t be as reliant on power. Making these changes also means that you won’t need to get as powerful alternative energy sources so you’ll save a pretty penny too.

consider your alternative energy options

Take the time to think about what you need from an alternative energy source. Are you wanting to be completely off the power grid? Do you want specific parts of your home or business to run on alternative energy? Or maybe you’re just looking for a way to keep things running during loadshedding? Whatever you’re after, you need to do a lot of research before you decide what you need as some alternative energy sources have a high upfront cost and others will have a consistent higher cost.

why should I choose alternative renewable energy

Let’s face the facts, power cuts are a reality and they can cause a lot of frustration and affect work that you need to get done. If you’re a business owner, a power outage could ruin your business or at least put you out of action for the duration of the outage. Even just being at home with no power can be enough to drive you mad – especially when you’re half way through your favourite show. Some alternative energy sources are also far better for the environment – think about solar panels. By installing solar panels you’re not only helping out mother nature, but you’re also taking some of your power needs into your own hands and not relying on the grid as much. Although installing solar panels does come at a high cost, once it’s installed properly there will only be the occasional maintenance cost. This makes it a cheaper long-term energy source than some other alternative energy sources.

Great! So how can I pay for it?

Installing solar panels can be an expensive business. For a small home, installing solar panels can cost upwards of R60 000 and this doesn’t include the installation of batteries. The good news is that a personal loan is a great way to get your hands on the cash needed to setup your solar panels. Virgin Money offers personal loans between R80 000 and R250 000. With the uncertainty around loadshedding, isn’t it time to think about using alternative energy sources and ones that are better for the environment too?