Koekais
Guest Farm / Gasteplaas
Griekwastad - Northern Cape

Sustainability

We have installed a well-planned solar system and aim to expand the system further in future. Using solar power ensures the continuous use of lights and appliances like television and fridges - no more load shedding! Appliances such as ovens and air conditioners may be used during good daylight hours but not during nights. The lapa with its fire pit where guests can enjoy evenings next to a warm and friendly fire as well as enjoying a hot shower or bath and snuggle into a pre-warmed bed, ensures a cosy stay. We value our guests and using solar power will not detract from your experience of staying in a luxurious guest house with nature on your doorstep.

Long evenings in the spacious lapa with the warmth of a fire in the fire pit while enjoying the sounds and sights of the clear Northern Cape skies still stays a highlight while staying at Koekais.

Please see the basic rules and basic technical information below:


SOLAR POWER USAGE RULES

 

WE HAVE FULLY SWITCHED TO SOLAR POWER WHICH MEANS THAT WE DON’T HAVE TO DEAL WITH ESKOM PROBLEMS LIKE LOAD SHEDDING. HOWEVER THERE ARE A FEW RULES WHICH MUST BE FOLLOWED WITH POWER USAGE:

 

SOLAR POWER DEPENDS ON THE SUN TO PRODUCE POWER AND TO CHARGE THE BATTERIES. WITH FULL SUN DAYS, WE CAN USE APPLIANCES LIKE THE OVEN AND AIR-CONDITIONER BETWEEN 09:00 AND 16:00

 

THE SYSTEM IS FITTED WITH A 10KW INVERTER WHICH MEANS THAT TOTAL POWER USAGE MAY NOT EXCEED 10KW ON ANY GIVEN TIME DURING THE DAY. THE SYSTEM AUTOMATICALLY CUTS OUT WHEN NEARING THE 10KW MARK AND WE HAVE TO MANUALLY RESTORE THE POWER ON THE SYSTEM AFTER AT LEAST ONE OF THE HIGHER WATTAGE APPLIANCES HAS BEEN SWITCHED OFF. THIS HOWEVER IS MORE THAN ENOUGH POWER FOR THE USE OF THE ALL-SEASON AIR-CONDITIONER AS WELL AS THE OVEN DURING THE DAY. 

 

DURING THE NIGHT WE ARE DEPENDENT ON THE BACKUP BATTERIES TO KEEP USING LIGHTS AND ESSENTIAL APPLIANCES I.E. FRIDGES, TELEVISION, ETC. THE BATTERY POWER HOWEVER IS LIMITED AND APPLIANCES THAT USE A HIGH WATTAGE CANNOT BE USED DURING THE NIGHT. THERE ARE ELECTRICAL BLANKETS ON ALL THE BEDS FOR USE DURING THE NIGHT FOR WINTER AND THE ROOF FANS MAY BE USED DURING THE NIGHT IN SUMMER.

  

WE KEEP TRACK OF POWER USAGE USING AN APP WHICH WARNS US OF HIGH POWER USAGE. WE HOWEVER TRUST THAT OUR GUESTS WILL TAKE RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THE FLAWLESS SUPPLY OF POWER, NIGHT AND DAY BY FOLLOWING THE FEW SIMPLE RULES.


BY EXCEPTION HAIR DRYERS AND THE MICROWAVE MAY BE USED IN THE EVENING OR EARLY MORNING.

 

THANK YOU FOR COOPERATING