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Five Ways Tech is Revolutionising Home Automation

Home automation is on the rise across the globe and South Africa is swiftly following suit. It’s easy to see why, as tomorrow’s tech savvy consumers can easily control energy efficiency, ensure safety, and reduce their carbon footprint, conveniently from the palm of their hands thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT).

 

Load Shedding vs Load Curtailment: Counting the costs for industry

As of 1 March 2024, Eskom has taken over control of load shedding in the City of Ekurhuleni. This, after the city reportedly failed to execute power outages when required. However, the metro has negotiated with the power utility for load curtailment to be implemented instead, which will see businesses reportedly being responsible for reducing their electricity consumption by 30%.

 

Could Industrial IoT Help Combat the Costs of Illegal Power Connections?

Illegal connections are one of the leading causes of electricity-related injuries and deaths in South Africa, as reported by Eskom. Not only is there danger involved for those who connect their electricity illegally, but also for the rest of the community due to the fires and electrocutions that can be caused.

Johannesburg Faces Water Crisis, But Saving Electricity Could Be the Key

Water authorities in Johannesburg have warned that the city's water and sanitation grid is on the verge of collapse, raising questions about the security of its water supply. While Mayor Kabelo Gwamanda recently unveiled a comprehensive water security strategy, Dr Andrew Dickson, Engineering Executive at CBI-electric: low voltage, believes that a crucial aspect is missing - saving electricity.

 

10 Ways to Slash Rising Electricity Costs

From 1 April 2024, prepaid electricity prices will increase by 12.7%, raising the average electricity tariff from around R1.84 per kWh to approximately R2.07. With households averaging 350kWh per month, South Africans will now pay in the region of R724.50 monthly– up from R644.

Tackling South Africa's Intensifying Load Shedding Woes in 2024

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa recently announced that South Africans experienced 600 hours less load shedding over the past three months than they did in the same period last year. And while this has been welcomed, the threat of load shedding still persists with varying levels expected over the course of 2024. In response, a growing number of South Africans are turning to rooftop solar to mitigate the impacts.

Smart Home Forecast: What’s in store for 2024?

Nowadays, the phrase ‘home is where the tech is’ defines modern living, as South Africans increasingly adopt smart home innovations. These advancements are continuing to adapt and evolve in their capabilities which not only improve convenience and security but can also decrease energy consumption, contributing to cost savings.

 

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