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The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) approved Eskom’s application for a 9,6% increase in electricity tariffs to become effective from 1 April 2022. The cost of water is also expected to rise between 6-10% on 1 July. The Reserve Bank’s repurchase rate increased by 50 basis points to 4.75%.

Investing in eco-friendly appliances

Consumers are focused on finding ways to save on their budgets. Photo credit: Pexels

South African consumers are focusing on eco-friendly appliances to save costs. “Eco-friendly appliances are becoming popular, as South Africans seek ways to save. With certain energy rating appliances, consumers can save on electricity. The interest in eco-friendly appliances extends beyond saving water and electricity – it’s also a sign of the rising awareness of consumers to lessen their impact on the environment.

Many leading appliance manufacturers are actively using innovation and technology to ensure that the products they offer meet the consumers’ need for energy and water efficiency and lessen their environmental footprint.

Launch of the Appliance Energy Calculator Mobile App

In 2018, the Department of Energy (DoE) made it easier for South Africans to identify eco-friendly appliances by updating its label criteria for this segment and by launching the Appliance Energy Calculator Mobile App. The app allows consumers to insert the price of the appliance and its annual electricity consumption rate, and the app will then calculate the estimated running cost and the amount of power the appliance uses.

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