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.
In the USA, “Smart Homes” are all about convenience and consumption. In South Africa (and much of Europe) there is a far greater focus on sustainability and renewable energy… on being greener. CapeInfo set out to discover the feasibility — and economic realities — of going off the grid. Is saying goodbye to Eskom (SA’s…