The commercial sector – property parks, shopping centres and malls, wholesalers and retailers, banks, hotels and lodges, hospitals, schools and all other educational institutions – uses approximately 14% of the electricity in South Africa. In spite of the relatively small share of electricity use, energy efficiency opportunities in businesses across the sector are vast.
Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) is responsible for 26% of electricity use in the commercial sector followed by lighting (18%), motors (14%) and water heating (8%).
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