Advice and Opinion

How to Increase your Home by installing Renewable Energy Gadgets

Anyone wanting to improve the look, feel and potentially the value of their home should be aware that making energy saving improvements to your property could increase its value by 14 per cent on average.

“We are seeing more and more investors searching for sustainability elements when looking to increase the value to their properties,” says Miles Oates, CEO of the Build Africa Corporation. “With a typical 5KVA system that costs around R107 000, a customer could expect an R280 000 appreciation in home valued at R2 million.”

According to global management consultancy firm McKinsey and Company’s Brighter Africa Report, sub-Saharan Africa has 13 percent of the world’s population, but a whopping 48 percent of the global population without access to electricity. This means that almost 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity. Only seven African countries have electricity access rates exceeding 50 percent.

South Africa has some of the highest rates for electricity usage globally. Yet renewable energy currently makes up less than five percent of the country’s energy resources.

“Not only can energy efficient improvements add real value to your property but they can help protect you against rising energy prices,” Oates shares. “As more people are becoming energy conscious, it makes sense that we look for ways to use electricity smarter, make it go further and be as environmentally friendly as possible”.

Isn’t it time for you to start driving the alternative energy process? One way to do so is with an environmentally- conscious, alternative energy solution with twice the performance of other green energy solutions – the Power Up Complete Power Supply unit, locally supplied by the Build Africa Corporation.

“It’s an energy solution that harnesses and saves energy from a number of sources, offering more back up time than competitive solutions and the battery banks will last on average 3 100 cycles,” says Oates. “That’s 8.4 years when used every day.”

Oates describes the units as a disruptive technology – in that they will change how we live.

“I think it is certainly achievable to see homes and businesses around the world going off the grid,” Oates adds. “We have the technology. We just need to get it out there so that it becomes more affordable for the mass market.”

With the aesthetically appealing and trendy look of an Apple phone coupled with the size of the average laptop, it is compact enough to be installed in a garage, lounge, kitchen, or under a desk in an office.
The Power Up Supply is currently offered in 19 African countries.

Power Up systems are ergonomically designed, compact, high-tech control units specific to crystal battery technology. It omits no gases, no radiation and has a very low fire risk unlike other cumbersome acid, gel and lithium based systems.

Energy harvested from a variety of sources – solar panels, windmills, generators, or the grid – can be used immediately or saved for later use. The system is easily installed, requires no maintenance, is safe for any living space, and picks up power within 10 milliseconds of a grid failure or disconnection.

To side with individual efforts, the Department of Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) also commits to accelerating the local industry and increasing the production of solar and wind energy.
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