Sat Mar 25 09:52:09 SAST 2017

Five tech tips to save your business

2017-03-16 13:41:18.0 | Jeremy Proome |

Times are tough in SA. The cost of electricity is shooting through the roof. However, the latest tech innovations offer solutions to help save electricity for business and home.

New electronic devices and appliances can now be synced with the internet using a smart electricity meter to provide real-time data.

This makes it easier to see where your business is using excess energy and, more importantly, where costs can be cut.

Integrated apps also show your electricity consumption on your smartphone so you can monitor your business' consumption remotely.

Bright(er) ideas

It may seem obvious, but the difference installing low-energy lighting can make is substantial. LEDs (light emitting diodes) have come a long way - and with today's highest-performing lights consuming 85% less energy than incandescent bulbs, LED efficiency is the way to go.

Smarter climate

There are ways to handle the spike in electricity usage during the cold months. Smart thermostats are a great tool to help cut down on home and office energy use, as well as heating and cooling costs. For example, the Nest Learning Thermostat from Nest Labs - which comes from the designers of the iPod - adjusts the temperature based on your lifestyle and schedule.

Adapt to the future

There are many small changes you can make at the office or your home to help cut back your bills. Companies such as Belkin - known for their routers but becoming a major player in the AC/DC power adapter industry - offer solutions to give devices the exact amount of power they need.

Described as a "digital handshake" of sorts between the device and the power supply, the adapter supplies only the necessary power for the device, and automatically cuts it off after it's been met.

Power from the source

Solar energy is a free, clean and renewable source of energy. The cost of purchasing and installing solar panels may initially be expensive, but this can be recovered within a few years if solar energy is harnessed correctly. Solar panels last long and don't require much maintenance, so this will help bring down your electricity bill.

Brilliant tech innovations help to create a sustainable, eco-conscious environment, no matter where we are. - Nashua The Solutions Lab

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