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About Energy Efficiency
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Load shedding focussed South Africans on the need to monitor their electricity consumption and plan efficient usage and it appears that some people have gone back to the idea of ‘I’ll just pay’. Recently however, load shedding threats have resurfaced and rolling blackouts are an everincreasing possibility, whilst the price of electricity is likely going to continue to be increased at double-digit figures for at least the next five years, as Eskom struggles to recoup its losses.

South Africa relies on coal for about 90% of its energy input, resulting in a large amount of carbon dioxide emissions. This pollution, concentrated around the power ENERGY EFFICIENCY ENERGY EFFICIENCY stations mainly in the Mpumalanga area, is not caused by the power stations alone but by all South Africans, as they are generating the pollution through their excessive use of coal-based energy. These emissions contribute to the changing climate patterns we are now seeing develop in South Africa – climate change is a reality today, not some time in the distant future. Every kilogram of coal burnt releases approximately one kilogram of carbon dioxide.

Our Team

Barry Bredenkamp

General Manager

Kabelo Modingoana
Kabelo Modingoana

Project Officer

Ashanti Mogosetsi

Project Manager - Appliance Standards And Labelling

Wendy Jali
Wendy Jali

Project Support

Funanani Netshitomboni
Funanani Netshitomboni

Acting Communications And Stakeholder Engagement Lead

Denise Lundall
Denise Lundall

Project Officer - Cool Surface Project

Digitisation saves energy

Digitisation enables buildings to become ‘smart’. Lights only operate when someone is there; air conditioners are central yet create climate zones for differing comfort levels; banks of computers or other machines can be ‘put to sleep’ after a period of non-activity; lifts only switch on lights when called; underground carparks remain dark until movement occurs and so the list goes on.

However, these building management systems (BMS) are not just for the office building; there are smaller versions, available locally, that can be wired into one’s home’s distribution board. These can be used to shut down what the industry refers to as ‘vampire loads’, all the plugs with indicator lights that are not in use but on standby, any appliance using clocks or readouts when not in use; these can be put into ‘sleep’ mode.

Programmes

12L Tax Incentive

The 12L tax incentive offers tax reductions for energy efficiency in order to combat climate change and address South Africa’s energy supply security.

Profitable organisations can claim a reduction on their year-end taxable income from the South African Revenue Service (SARS), based on verified energy saved savings during a specific tax year.

Energy Efficiency through Cool Surfaces

The flagship programme is Cool Surfaces, which refers to all materials and technologies used in the construction of the building envelope that passively improve thermal comfort and reduce energy consumption.

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) For Buildings.

Energy Performance Certificate" means a certificate issued by an accredited body in respect of a building in accordance with the South African National Standard SANS 1544: 2014 Energy performance certificates for buildings, published by the South African Bureau of Standards in terms of the Standards Act, 2008 (Act No. 8 of 2008) that indicates the energy performance of that building;