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Mar
Living 'Off The Grid': Not That Difficult!

As people become increasingly aware of the environmental and social impacts of relying on fossil fuels in order to meet our constantly-increasing global energy requirements, there has been a bit of a green revolution sweeping across the world and South Africa; especially more recently, considering the energy crisis we're currently facing.

While many people think that living off the grid is impossible in our country, the good news is that this isn't actually the case - which the example below will clearly demonstrate. Going totally off the grid and no longer having to rely on Eskom can be done successfully; and we've even gone as far as to include what it would cost the ordinary South African to do. It might not be the cheapest of options, but it goes without saying that with tonight's Spanish Daily game a R30,000,000 up to R90,000,000 guaranteed jackpot win would be more than enough to enable an entire suburb to live completely off the national power grid - with plenty of change to spare!

Inus Dreckmeyer - Managing Director of Netshield South Africa - and his family live completely "off the grid". What this basically means, is that every bit of electricity used throughout this unique home is created onsite; not a single watt comes from our public electricity utility, Eskom.  Dreckmeyer doesn't have a single power cable connecting his home to the world outside! The perception that one has to rough it in order to get this right is also something that he has proved to be no more than an urban myth - his self-powered home has five fridges, as well as a TV in each of the five bedrooms.

Thanks to the fact that he makes use of a solar panel array to attract and harvest the sun's energy, from sunrise until about 11h00 he has already generated enough solar energy for an entire day's usage! If you were worried about running out of power and having to incur additional costs by purchasing expensive generators (which further pushes up cost of operation thanks to the petrol price increase), then harnessing solar energy is a great and cost-effective alternative. In fact, Dreckmeyer and his family haven't experienced a power cut or received a single Eskom bill in the six years since they have been living off the grid. Considering all of the threats of load shedding as of late, this actually sounds like a pretty good deal to us!

While Dreckmeyer has managed to successfully implement this eco-friendly alternative, how viable would it be for the average South African? Happily though, you don't need to be an IT engineer or rocket scientist by night to smoothly pull off the transition to eco-living. This is what the configuration and cost of an Advanced Solar System setup would ideally look like:

If you take Inus Dreckmeyer's house as a real-world example of what it would cost to go completely off grid, you are looking at about an initial R350,000 layout; while somewhat steep, it is an all-inclusive cost though. This would include the necessary LED lights, inverters, a battery bank, as well as a solar panel array that tracks the sun; thus maximizing on the solar power harnessed. The battery bank will also need to be replaced every decade, at a cost of R150,000 - so add an extra R15,000 on for each year; and again, this is where your Lotto Star winnings will definitely come in handy!

While this might seem like a lot of money - possibly even impractical to others - one needs to consider the clear-cut advantages to be experienced with going green and doing your bit to help preserve our beautiful planet. With guaranteed jackpots starting at R665,000 in the Kino 6 game and go up to as much as R160,000,000 with the mega-jackpot Super Ena Lotto, with a win after you bet online with LottoStar this kind of cash will be a mere drop in your vast financial ocean!

 

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