Load-shedding is not going anywhere soon, with Electricity distributors still in serious trouble and the national power grid under constant strain. Many Africans experience power outages every day, using diesel as alternatives. South Africans are also preparing for a future of regular blackouts. There are a number of ways to mitigate the effects of load-shedding, from buying cheap power banks to installing solar panels and inverters for standalone energy generation.
Electric vehicles (also known as EVs), are increasingly popular options for people who want to save money on gas and decrease their reliance on fossil fuels, but still, need a car of their own. Rather than a gasoline-powered engine, EVs are partially or fully powered from a battery or fuel cell. EVs used to be a high-tech, expensive novelty car for the elite, but today, they are more affordable and commonplace than ever. In addition to being much better for the environment, consumers also like that they are cheaper to fuel than a traditional gas-guzzling vehicle.
Rising electricity prices for consumers is the biggest driver of Renewable market in Africa. Electricity is an expensive commodity and if generators and distributors further increase electricity prices, the cost to consumers is set to rise significantly. Incandescent light bulbs consume approximately 75-90 percent more energy than fluorescent and LED lamps, solar water heaters decrease overall energy consumption in a household by approximately 40 percent and EE stoves and ovens use approximately 25 percent less energy in comparison to conventional stoves and ovens