Suntricity Blog

A series of ideas and themes of interest, relating to
Eliminating Waste, Increasing Energy Efficiency, Renewable Techologies and Behavioural Changes

A TWO BILLION RAND QUESTION

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I have had the privilege of speaking with so many of Johannesburg’s school Administrators over the last years, and the one common questions I ask is: Are you aware of how your Electricity and Water/Sewage compare with other schools in Johannesburg. By far, the most common response has been a resounding NO.

The truth is, the sharing of information between schools is a very alien concept.

The effect of this is that schools function as individual SME’s, left to the own device to make their individual successes and mistakes, without understanding the consequence and without even acknowledging that the same successes and mistake are all too often being repeated within the Education system.

Positive Experience - CoJ E-Service Call Centre

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So often, we have heard about extremely negative experiences of our Municipalities and Utilities call centres (Trevor Noah's report on ESKOM is probably the best/worst albeit very exaggerated), that we tend to forget that real people are trying to respond to our need.

I had occasion to speak to the GENERAL ENQUIRES 0860 562 874, to report a problem on behalf of one of our schools in Johannesburg.

Just Reward...

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I am sometimes asked the question: What good will Electricity and Water monitoring data do for my school?

It’s a trick question of course…no intelligent person would ask such a question, unless to promote a reaction. :)

Efficiency intervention to reduce consumption is always welcome. However, I like to think that whilst any efficiency intervention must be considered a good thing, obtaining qualified results, by understanding the difference your interventions (and investments) make, becomes strategic.

Data has no value in a desk drawer…!!!

Is your school paying too much for Electricity?

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Many of the schools we speak to in Johannesburg feel that the cost of their electricity is too high.

There are two main reasons for high electricity cost in schools:

1. You may be on the wrong tariff.

2. You are consuming too much kWh.

While ITEM 2 is within the control of the individual school to become more efficient, ITEM 1 is rather complex, although relatively simple to determine.

New Year, Renewed Ambitions...2017

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With matrix results now being announced, we hope the achievements of your school was an improvement on previous years and wish you all a very Happy New Year for 2017.

Enjoying Successes of 2016...

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With the end of the school year 2016, and having had the privilege of interacting with several school Principal's these last weeks, we were again reminded of the multitude of tasks that Principals and their SGB's are responsible for, to ensure the good functioning of their schools, which impacts the lives of so many.

We found ourselves asking the question: How can Electricity and Water consumption and cost ever become a priority in schools...

Average Costs Electricity and Water in Schools

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In an effort to understand the average consumption and cost of Electricity and Water in schools, Suntricity ha selected a total of 30-schools that form part of the FIRSTLOOK™ Platform, analysing various aspects of data contained in Municipality Invoices, for the years 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.