Suntricity Blog

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

Are Schools the Proverbial Cash Cows of Municipalities

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We recently made a presentation of the many virtues of FIRSTLOOK™, and having explained the Platforms' Key Performance Indicators and the data the system analyses, the impression of delegates was: Schools are being used as a Cash Cow by the Municipalities, in terms of Electricity and Water billing. It was also suggested that schools should somehow be paying a reduced tariff for the services the Municipality provides for Electricity and Water.

Make Electricity and Water Costs a Priority in your School

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Having spoken to so many people involved in all aspects of the Administration of Schools, a common thread we have observed is that there are so many day-to-day issues to solve and resolve, there is little time to understand Electricity and Water consumption and cost.

Whilst this is very easy to understand, (bearing in mind that the main objective of schools is teaching our children), we do need to understand that the cost of Electricity and Water can be a high percentage of the total budget of the school. In fact, from information we have had confidential access to, the total cost of Electricity and Water, can be far more than the Total Allocation received by schools from the Department of Education.

Help Save Water in Schools

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This photograph was taken during a visit to one of the school's Suntricity is presently carrying out Real-Time Monitoring.

It is an example of the kind of action that schools are adopting, in order to promoting Water Saving, focusing on the continuing problems we are faced with in South Africa, in terms of the shortages of water.

Water Restriction Surcharge

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As a result of the continued drought and water shortage in Gauteng, several Municipalities recently announced an additional surcharge for excessive water consumption.

So it was no surprise to see this month (October 2016) Municipal Invoice of an Ekuruhleni School, which details exactly this: "WA-RESTR-SURCH" (which we assumed translates to: Water Restriction Surcharge). See invoice extract...

Installing LED Lighting in Schools

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Replacing your school's existing and very energy consuming fluorescent lamps with LED Lamps is a strong recommendation of Suntricity.

The fact that LED equivalent consume at least 60% less electricity, schools looking to reduce consumption (and therefore costs) it's an obvious LOW HANGING FRUIT.

The majority of our schools however opt for: We will replace all our existing fluorescent lamps with LED's as each lamp blows.

Benefits of FIRSTLOOK™ and REAL-TIME MONITORING

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Suntricity has developed FIRSTLOOK™ - an Online Database Platform, specifically for schools to enable a thorough understanding of both consumption and costs of Electricity and Water over a period of 4-years.

In the absence of qualified data, FIRSTLOOK™ provides the basic information, which, through Key Performance Indicators, gives crucial data sets, highlighting where further investigation is needed and where cost effective intervention would be best made.

Water & Sewage Charges in Johannesburg 2016/2017

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With the 2016/2017 Municipal Water & Sewage increases now fully implemented into the invoices at Schools in Johannesburg, we can now report the NEW Average Costs of Water & Sewage Charges for the next 12-months - to July 2017.

The Importance of Constant Maintenance of School Toilet Facilities

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From data captured through Real-Time Monitoring in schools in Johannesburg, Suntricity has found that there is (what we term) a "BASE WASTE" of around 10 KL of Water each day...at some schools, this could be much more. 10 KL (the volume detailed on Municipal Invoices) is of course a colossal 10 000 Litres! Yes, 10 000Litres of Water Wasted each day.