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One of the most annoying things you will experience in Port Moresby is blackouts. It’s an ongoing problem and while many of us get so frustrated every time the lights go out, we hardly do anything about it.
The security risk increases exponentially in the evening when the lights go out. So you end up having no light and a higher security risk.
We did something about this recently – we “partially” went solar.
Partially meaning we didn’t change our whole system into solar but installed solar lighting in areas that mattered the most and reduced the security.
A lot of the car thefts and hold-ups tend to happen on the driveway especially in the evening. So we decided to install a solar light above our driveway. Thankfully, the solar light has a sensor system so every time it picks up movement within its range, the light automatically switches on. It’s worked perfectly for us and even installing the light on the roof, approximately 6 meters above ground level, the brightness is enough to light-up the driveway.
Security is so important to every homeowner and tenant and we’ve had such a great tenant that this idea was actually recommended to us by her. Security is everyone’s business and one thing we’ve learnt as landlords is to communicate with the tenant every now and then and hear their concerns too because you never know their ideas will be beneficial not just for themselves but every tenant within the compound and possibly neighbours too.
The cool stuff about solar lighting we’ve found is that:
- It’s reduced our electricity bill.
- It’s environmentally friendly.
- It’s renewable energy.
If you’re seriously looking at solar whether partially or fully, a good start might be to understand your own needs and based on that look for a solar lighting system that meets or closely meets the need of your property.
Check out your nearest hardware store or lighting companies and speak to them about your own requirements.