Poor Community in Hot Water

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Poor Community in Hot Water

Cape Town – In the run-up to World Environment Day on Saturday, the MEC for the Western Cape’s environmental affairs and development planning department has gone on a walkabout in Darling to personally asses the implementation of solar water geysers in the community.

The department has installed over 1 000 solar water geysers, but MEC Anton Bredell warned that people should not be completely reliant on the government.


Saving electricity by switching of computers not in use

Saving electricity is one of the easiest things to do. Who leaves their computer running 24 hours a day. I was guilty of that until recently. I don’t sit 24 hours a day behind my computer, so why would I leave it on? It was pure laziness for just having my computer ready in the morning when I sat behind my desk. I now switch of when I stop working in the evening/late afternoon and switch on in the morning again. So my computer is now off for at least 12 hours a day.

According to Green IT Week 

By turning off your computer each night or when not in use (i.e. lunch times, weekends, when in meetings at night) for a year you save as much energy as it takes:

Electricity savings achieved by switching a computer of every night

  • to run a clock radio for 1,392 weeks
  • to make 9,280 bags of microwave popcorn
  • to wash 464 loads of washing
  • to vacuum for 464 hours
  • to produce 3,480 plastic bags
  • to run your microwave 24 hours a day for a week
  • to boil your kettle for 24 hours a day for 268 days

By turning off your computer tonight when you leave work you will save as much energy as it takes:

  • to run a clock radio for over 3 weeks.
  • to make over 20 bags of microwave popcorn.
  • to wash over 1 load of washing.
  • to vacuum for over 1 hour.
  • to light a 100 watt light bulb for over 10 hours.

Food for though isn’t it. This principle can be carried over to many other appliances which consume electricity. By switching of appliances not in use you start saving electricity. By saving electricity you help conserve scarce energy resources like coal, oil and gas and you contribute to a healthier planet. Saving electricity also reduces your electricity bill, the savings of which you can use to invest in energy saving devices.

More tips for saving electricity

  • Switch of lights in rooms not in use.
  • Lower the temperature of your hot water supply.
  • Install a water saving device on your shower.
  • Switch of climate control in areas and rooms unoccupied

In conclusion one can easy start saving electricity by just changing some bad habits.

Electricity Cost Calculator

Check out the new electricity cost calculator on our website. See how much you can save by switching to CFL’s or how much it cost to run your TV or playstation.

Use our simple to use electricity cost calculator and find out how much it costs to run you favourite electrical appliance. You will be amazed or maybe shocked to find out how much some appliances cost to operate. So start using our calculator now and start saving energy by changing habits or replacing outdated technology.

The calculator is easy to use. Just enter the wattage of your light or appliance, the amount of hours you use it and your price per Kwh in cents.


Steps before renewable energy

Renewable energy is the energy of the future, but before it will be economically viable for the household users there are of course steps we can take to reduce our current energy footprint. Currently renewable energy as it is is more expensive money wise than fossil fuels and other energy sources.

Renewable energy is already viable in our opinion if you care for the environment.
We have to start reducing our current energy needs. If everybody tries to do their bit and conserves energy and not waste unnecessary we can do with less traditional coal fired or nuclear power plants.

Here are some tips to reduce your energy usage and save some money in the process.

  • Hot water is the main source for electricity consumption in a modern household. Try to Reduce the temperature of your geyser to around 55 degrees so that you don’t have to mix too much cold water when you shower or do the dishes.
  • Install a water-saving shower head which not only will reduce your water bill but also your electricity due to less use of hot water.
  • When cooking keep the lids of the pots closed this will conserve heat and will save energy.
  • Close the door every time you take something out of the fridge and defrost frozen foods by taking it out early enough instead of using the microwave to defrost (so plan in the morning what you are going to eat).
  • Close windows/curtains and doors when you have your heater on to avoid hot air escaping.
  • If you are going to make one cup of coffee boil only water for one cup. You’ll be amazed how much electricity that will save over time.
  • Insulate your geyser by wrapping newspapers, old blankets or other insulating materials around it and around the hot water pipes.
  • When you leave a room switch of the lights and appliances not in use. Also consider replacing your light bulbs with cfl or led lights which have a much lower electricity usage.
  • Turn off all stand-by modes of appliances like tv,dvd players and computers  every time you leave the house and before going to bed.
  • Take a walk to your corner shop when buying the newspaper, not only will you save some money and energy in the process, but exercise in the form of walking will be good for body and soul.

So start cutting electricity usage and save money in the process.

Steps before renewable energy

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