CapeInfo’s Smarter Living Project started off to determine what one really needs to go off the electrical grid — is it as expensive as people say or, if one adapts one’s lifestyle, is it affordable or… even cheaper. Off-the-grid in this case meant no external electric sources at all — no Eskom, no municipal connection.
Hot water from the outset was an absolute necessity because I’m not good at cold showers. And seeing I hadn’t worked out all the options, I certainly didn’t have a long-term plan. So I wanted the cheapest, fastest solution which I wouldn’t have any hesitation in just throwing away or recycling after a month or…