Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Energy Efficiency

Homes that are 'cooling' in summer and warmer in winter are isothermically more energy efficient. This 'green' style of building is considered 'energy wise'.

With the clear and present power shortage, long term solutions are becoming a clear business day.

Electricity consumers as a whole are ultimately paying for these programmes through higher Eskom costs and tariffs. While these expenditures may be justified in the short term (as power outages can be even more costly to the economy) attention has to shift to more sustainable and cost-effective programmes in future.

Clearly, SA needs to improve the efficacy of electricity supply planning and investments, but we also need to develop sustainable demand-side management programmes.

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