In our previous article, we discussed power saving tips by installing a solar geyser, unplugging electronics when not in use, installing a gas stove and replacing your lightbulbs with LED bulbs. But what else you do to lower your electricity consumption?

There is no doubt that there are several options available for saving electricity. And not every option is suitable for everyone. Some people already have a gas stove installed or changed their light bulbs to LED bulbs. But the utility bill might still be a little high. What else can you do? Bescon Electrical has many solutions for saving electricity.

Power saving tip 1: Reduce your pool filter operating times and cover your pool

Summertime is definitely the time to enjoy your pool with friends and family. A clear and clean pool is something to look forward to. But you can have a clear and clean pool while you are lowering your electricity consumption.

The pump and pool filter pump can be one of the largest users of electricity in any home. If you reduce the amount of time you run the pump, you’ll save money on your utility bill. Reduce your filter operating times to no less than 4 to 5 hours per day during summer and 2 to 3 hours per day during winter. You will reduce your annual electrical consumption by 40 to per cent.

Another thing to consider might be covering your pool. A pool cover helps keep your pool clear. With the rainy season here, leaves and grass blows into your pool and by covering your pool you will have to run your filter pump less often saving you even more on electricity consumption.

Power saving tip 2: Install a solar panel to charge your gate motor.

When it comes to loadshedding, there is nothing more frustrating than having to get out of your vehicle to open your gate manually. But if you install a solar panel to charge your gate motor, this won’t be necessary. These systems can operate even in low sunlight and depending on the size of the solar panel, can open and close up to 10 times.

These systems use no electricity to charge your gate motor battery and therefore lowers your electricity consumption. Bescon Electrical can assist you in installing the correct solar system for your needs.

Power saving tip 3: Insulate your geyser and hot water pipes.

Geysers are responsible for up to 45 percent of the household electricity usage. That is a significant amount of electricity consumption when you want to lower your usage. If you don’t want to install a solar geyser-like we discussed in our previous article which can lower your electricity consumption and in turn lowers your utility bill, there is another option for you.

When it comes to insulating your geyser, the layers typically consist of a 50mm – 135mm layer. The thicker the layer, the better insulation it offers and reduce the amount of heat loss that takes place hourly. By insulating your geyser, you can save up to 21 percent on your monthly utility bill.

Power saving tip 4: Reduce your geyser temperature

As mentioned above, geysers are responsible for 45 percent of the overall electricity consumption in a home. BY decreasing the temperature of your geyser, you can indeed lower your utility bill. And when you install an energy and water-saving shower head, you can save money on water and electricity.

Bescon Electrical has so many services to offer and with our devices and services, you are bound to save money on your utility bill.

Phone Bescon Electrical today for all your electrical needs.


Power saving tips for a significant reduction in electricity consumption from Bescon Electrical.

Everyone across the world could do with a lower utility bill. And for some people, that might sound hard to accomplish. But the truth be told, there are simple tips for saving electricity for a lower utility bill every month.

Bescon Electrical is a Pretoria based company that can assist you with all your electrical needs. Even if it involves power-saving tips for not only saving electricity but an overall lower utility bill. All products can be supplied and installed by Bescon Electrical.

We have a wide range of power-saving tips to assist you in saving electricity. And, with loadshedding, we are all a little frustrated without electricity. What are the next steps to ensure electricity even in times of loadshedding or just for a lowered utility bill?

Power saving tip 1: Installing a solar geyser

This might seem like something you have heard, install a solar panel or go solar. But what about winter? What about the days where rain pours down endlessly? How will I get

electricity or even warm water on a rainy day? With the latest technology available, there is

no reason to panic about rainy days and lowered sunlight. Not only will a solar geyser save you money on your utility bill, but it is environmentally friendly and sustainable.

How does a solar geyser work during winter?

The solar geyser works in a wonderful way. The solar water heating system can be effective because of efficient insulation. With good insulation, sunlight will be able to heat the water quite well in a solar geyser during winter. The sun provides radiation which is converted into energy to heat up the geyser, even if the outside temperature is well below freezing – providing good insulation can ensure very small heat loss.

When the temperature is cold during winters, radiator fluid technology is used in solar geysers. In this system, a liquid catalyst or radiator fluid is warmed by the sun’s energy and it is pumped in the heat exchange tank.

The heat exchange tank exchanges the heat of the fluid with water and warms the water in the storage tank. Radiator fluid should be checked before winter starts to ensure proper heating of water.

The cost of a solar geyser is not that expensive if you can have a lowered utility bill for the months and years to come. Becson Electrical has the perfect power-saving technology when it comes to solar geysers that best suits your home.

Power saving tip 2: Turn of and unplug unnecessary electronic items when not in use.

You’ve probably never thought about it or maybe you have, but those appliances that are plugged in, but not in use, still use electricity. most plugged-in appliances generally only eat up low levels of electricity, just about a watt or two. But some electronics – like computers and TVs – consume a lot more power, even when they're just in standby mode. And it's the cumulative effect of having so many devices plugged in around the clock that can really add up on your overall electricity consumption. Kitchen appliances also present easy opportunities to unplug because the outlets are usually right above your counter backsplash.

Another benefit from unplugging your appliances is protection for power surges. It doesn’t take a huge surge from a lightning strike or a transformer explosion to damage your appliances. Small surges occur commonly when other large appliances in your home turn on, such as your air conditioner or your refrigerator’s compressor. Over a long enough period of time, these small surges can gradually wear away at other appliances on the same circuit, shortening their useful lifespans. By unplugging devices that are not in use, your electricity consumption will lower in turn reflecting on your utility bill.

Power saving tip 3:  Install LP Gas stoves.

With the country’s power supply struggling to meet everyone’s needs and constant loadshedding, there is nothing more frustrating than being unable to cook and prepare a meal.

The cost of a gas stove might look expensive, but in the long run, gas stoves have proven to be more affordable and reliable than an electric stove. Gas is also a much more efficient energy source so it will have lower CO2 emissions. Gas stoves instantly heat up where electrical ovens take time to heat up using more electricity than required.

Bescon Electrical in Pretoria can assist you with your gas stove installation and all your LP Gas requirements.

Power saving tip 4: Replace your lightbulbs with LED light bulbs for saving electricity

Everyone in South Africa tries to have LED light bulbs installed for saving electricity. LEDs are just more energy efficient – a 10-watt LED bulb does exactly the same as a 60-watt incandescent bulb. This not only saves you money on your utility bill but also reduces your carbon footprint.

In our next article, we will continue with more power-saving tips from Bescon Electrical.

Phone Bescon Electrical today for all your LP Gas needs as well as electrical problems.

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The simplest definition for an electrical contractor is a person or a firm that performs specialized construction work related to the design, installation and the overall maintenance of electrical systems. Electrical contractors need to ensure that the electrical systems they install, work effectively and is safe.

On some things in life, we don’t compromise. One of them should definitely include hiring a licensed electrical contractor.

Do all construction sites require an electrical contractor?

The answer to this question is undeniable yes. Whether you are building a new home or business, there is no doubt that electrical contractors are crucial to the entire construction industry. The purpose of an electrical engineer/contractor on any construction site is to survey the site, manage the design and construction of electrical systems to ensure all electrical work performed is in accordance with the legislative requirements and any applicable codes of practice and according to the technical standards.

In the electrical industry, there are many “contractors” who claim to be able to do the job at hand. But considering this is your business that is under construction, there are several aspects to look at before hiring an electrical contractor.

• The company you are hiring to complete the electrical systems during construction, need to be able to provide you with a license stating they are qualified to do the job at hand.
• References are almost as important as a license. An electrical contractor should always be able to give you past references
• Look at the company’s credentials. They should always be up to date and informed about the latest electrical methods which include installation, repairs and replacement. If they are qualified and reliable, they will be able to inform you on the latest installation techniques and the procedure they are to follow.
• Always ensure to have the electrical contractors proposal in writing. This will ensure that all necessary details are included and that this proposal accurately reflects your needs and goals for your project.
• Don’t always hire the lowest bidder. This in itself can pose many health and safety risks. Find someone that is affordable, has good references and is licensed to do the job correctly the first time.

Bescon Electrical takes pride in our work and our employees. Ensuring we employ only the best qualified electrical contractors for your peace of mind.

Bescon Electrical provides a wide range of services including the following to name just a few:

• Electrical certificate of compliance
• Earth Leakage
• Fault Finding
• Fault repair
• Tripping Electricity
• Pool motors
• Stoves
• Security Lights

Bescon Electrical has the capacity to design, construct and project manage installations and we are committed to having a service level agreement (SLA) for client`s specific needs.

Look no further. Bescon Electrical has got you covered with all types of stove repairs. With our wide variety of services we have to offer at Bescon Electrical, there is no job too big or too small.

There is nothing more frustrating than a stove that isn’t working. If your stove stops, so does the cooking and the baking. Electrical oven problems can occur at any time. And when they do, you will need a professional like Bescon Electrical to diagnose the problem.

There are mainly 2 types of stoves. Electrical stove and gas stove. Electrical stoves and gas stoves differ not only in their power supply but also in the problems that might occur.

Electrical stoves can have multiple causes to stop working. The causes might be:
• A blown fuse
• Tripped switch
• Oven not getting enough electricity
• Power outage

Other problems might include:

If your stove is not heating up, this might be due to a fan element that has failed. Another possibility is that the thermostat or thermal fuse has blown, and the oven is no longer able to heat up. Bescon Electrical have got qualified electricians in Pretoria to assist in the fault-finding.

Should you be unable to grill your food, or the grill element is not heating up, it might be likely that the element needs replacing. 

Gas Stoves has got different types of problems. These are mainly:
• Surface burner won’t light
• Weak Burner Flame
• Gas Odour

There is nothing more frustrating than struggling with a gas stove when the burner won’t light, or your kitchen is filled was a gas odour. This might require the expertise of an experienced electrician in Pretoria like our staff at Bescon Electrical.

Our range of services doesn’t just stop at stove repairs. We offer a wide variety of services to be able to tend to all your needs. These services include:

Stoves,Testing, Tripping Electricity, Wiring, LP Gas Boiling tables, LP Gas Certification of Compliance,LP Gas Fireplaces and many more.

Phone us today for your electrical problems. Bescon Electrical – Your qualified Electrician in Pretoria

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With increasing utility rates, every homeowner is looking for a way to save money on the utility bill. But does installing a geyser timer really save money and how does it work?

 As mentioned in our previous article, your geyser has a thermostat which is set to heat the water to a certain temperature. When the geyser is switched on by the thermostat, it heats the water in the geyser using the element. Once the desired temperature is reached, the thermostat switches off.

Depending on the temperature outside, the water temperature drops and automatically turns on the thermostat again in order to heat the water to the desired level. So why would that be a problem?

Every time the geyser switches on, it uses around 4000W or 4KW and if the geyser takes 30 minutes to reheat the water, it would use 2KW. Taking into consideration, this process can happen 10 -20 times per day (depending on the season) heating your water could cost you around 20KW per day or 600KW per month.

Installing a geyser timer controls the times the geyser switches on an off and prevent the thermostat to switch on when the temperature drops every time. Instead of heating the water 10 -20 times per day, the timer enables the thermostat to only work twice a day reducing your electricity by up to 37%.

In turn, this means your element and thermostat will not work as hard possibly prolonging the life of your geyser element and thermostat. Another method of saving on your utility bill, is making use of a geyser blanket.

A geyser blanket is another way to reduce the cooling rate of the geyser. Geyser blankets are a safe and efficient way to save on the utility bills. This is how it works:

Geyser blankets is an additional layer of insulation specifically designed to be wrapped around the geyser and are relatively inexpensive. If your geyser is not insulated, the water in the geyser will constantly be reheated which results in an escalation in your utility bills (if you are not making use of a geyser timer).

These geyser blankets are available in 50mm or a 135 mm layer. The thicker the layer of the blanket,

the less heat will escape from the geyser

Bescon electrical can install your geyser timer as well as your geyser blanket and ensure it will start saving you money from day one.

Start saving on your utility bills today by phoning Bescon for all your geyser needs.

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