Business owners in the Cape Town CBD are heeding the call to conserve power under the “Switch on to Switching Off” campaign.
Property developers, restaurateurs and merchants have given their backing to the Cape Town Central City Improvement District’s (CCID) project.
It encourages every CBD stakeholder to stave off loadshedding by implementing a range of power-saving measures.
Launched late last year, it takes the form of a step-by-step guide that recommends a variety of actions stakeholders who own or rent property, or who work, live, or visit the CBD, can take to save electricity.
- Energy audits to identify areas of high energy consumption;
- Upgrading to LED lighting;
- Optimising heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems;
- Promoting energy-saving behaviour;
- Using energy-efficient office equipment; and
- Installing renewable energy systems, among others.
The business owners who have thrown their weight behind the campaign say it is beholden on every Central City stakeholder to conserve energy, and the benefits can be substantial.
Cape Town CBD businesses on board
Grant Elliott, Chief Operating Officer at Thibault REIT, and a member of the CCID Board, believes there is a misconception that conserving energy comes at an additional expense.
“Generally speaking, energy conservation saves money in the long run. If money does need to be spent upfront, it will mostly create a return on…