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    Gas And Petrol ?

    So decided to install a gas geyser, it works like a charm and added to that it has brought down my electric bill by 50%. So that was one problem sorted, only to find there is a shortage of gas now and to top that up a shortage of Fuel. It could be that suppliers did not forsee the increase in demand given more people are using generators, and gas appliances, but one wonders if this is the state of things to come. If anything this shows that who ever is in charge of the big suppliers does not have the forsight to run such companies.

    Edit: Just have to add that there is also an electricity shortage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vieome View Post
    So decided to install a gas geyser, it works like a charm and added to that it has brought down my electric bill by 50%.
    In money terms, how did that savings in your electricity bill compare to your new expense on gas?
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    There is an LPG shortage every July. Local refineries have maintenance shutdowns during winter and it is up to others to take up the slack with imports.

    The additional advantage your conversion to gas affords, is that you can of course store it, unlike electricity . You just need to remember in future to double up for winter.

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    I definitely think this is the way to go. Have also done some homework on it and am ready to do it. I really like the idea that it only gets hot up when you start running the shower for example and that it is linked to your existing geyser so that if you run out of gas you can switch over back to electricity.
    I have also recently invested in an inverter - that was the best investment ever. I do not have it linked to my db board, but have my tv room working with lights etc and then have a few gas lights and rechargeable lights scattered over the house. Unfortunately this problem is not going away in the near future, but the more I can get off the grid the better. I now do not dread load shedding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave A View Post
    In money terms, how did that savings in your electricity bill compare to your new expense on gas?
    Electric Bill was R2000.00 per month am now paying R1000.00. Gas 19kg last one month @R400.00 so I guess total saving is R600 per month.

    @CLIVE-TRIANGLE thanks for the info.

    @HR true story, it is the way to go. Got small inverter runs 6 lights(I dont watch much tv). Gas Stove, Gas Geyser and the power cuts are no longer a stress. I want to install solar geyser next and get a solar panel to charge inverter battery.

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    Yep and then Eskom can go ........................
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    I have been trying to get a 9kg gas cylinder in Joburg south for 2 days and no luck. Luckily the weather has warmed up.
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    I installed gas some time back.

    I have two cylinders (49kg) - linked to a switch over.

    They last 5-6 months.

    As soon as one is empty, I flip over, and order a replacement for empty one. As long as they are not out for over 5 months it is not a hassle....

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    Got a little something going that you will like but i am yet to figure out the electronics... Anyhow GAS in my area is not expensive at all, Got my 8KG filled up for R120. If you work it out i pay about 15Rand per 1kg. But i think that did change... i need to do a refill next week will give you new price then. Generator on the other hand yea all i can say is go Diesel... Yes it is louder and yes it is heavy but well worth it... I know you do get "gas" generators i haven't tried one yet friend of mine owns one he tells me it goes for a very long time on 3kg of gas but i don't know his running times maybe something worth exploring.

    i was stupid installed a gas water-heater that is way to small, am upgrading to a 16L per minute one "if i am not mistaken" cost is not high on it. Found one going for about R4.5k That is not bad. But was told that you do get them for a bit cheaper still.

    But it must be installed on the outside away from drains and windows/doors and must be inspected? Did you get the same installation guidelines?
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    Hi

    Yes - there are strict guidelines re distance from doors, electricity boxes and the like.

    You need gas clearance certificate when installed - if not, (a) it is unlawful, and (b) if it does malfunction your house insurance will decline your claim.

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