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Water efficiency needed now, not just energy efficiency

Businesses often overlook the need to keep an eye on their water consumption and inefficient use of water can end up costing them in more ways than one Energy efficiency has become a focus area for businesses as the cost of electricity has continued to escalate in recent years. However, when embarking upon carbon footprint […]

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The Ideal Sustainable Home?

Sustainable housing is not a new idea, but there are many different ideas surrounding the term sustainable building, some of them always changing. People have varied sustainable plans when designing a house, but in reality you can narrow sustainability down to some basic ideas. The best sustainable housing is… Sustainable at each level. From choosing […]

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Want to go green? Don’t fall for these common myths:

Myth: Going green is expensive.Fact: Although some green products are expensive, not all of them are. Some green habits end up being less expensive in the long run—unplugging your electronics when they aren’t in use will save you money in the long run. Myth: Appliances use no energy when turned off.Fact: Some appliances use as […]

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Easy Electricity Savings with Smart Tools

Energy audits coupled with efficiency upgrades are some of most sensible things a home or business owner can do to lower utility bills and contribute to a cleaner future.  Not every one owns, and many who do are hesitant to make the initial investment in solar panels and weatherstripping, but with these smart tools and […]

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Energy efficiency should be seen as ‘another fuel’

Energy efficiency could be the immediate solution to higher energy demand, while renewable energy sources were being considered for long-term energy sustainability, energy experts said on Wednesday. Global energy industry players attending the Power and Electricity World Africa conference in Johannesburg said South Africa should focus on energy efficiency as “another fuel” that can be […]

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Green Oil?

Here’s a dirty secret from the clean industry: WE LOVE HIGH OIL PRICES! That’s right. When the rest of the world is in a panic over the rising economic and political costs of escalating oil prices, we’re thinking “expensive oil = green oil”. Why, you ask? Well… People re-consider consumption habits. For starters, check out […]

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Renewables can meet world energy needs by 2050: WWF

All but five percent of the world’s energy needs could be met from renewable sources by 2050, a report by conservation group WWF and energy consultancy Ecofys showed on Thursday. In 2050, total energy demand could be 15 percent lower than in 2005 due to ambitious energy saving measures even though population, industrial output, freight […]

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US Army Steps Up Requirements for Green Building, Lighting

WASHINGTON, DC — Cool roofs, solar water heating and advanced metering are among the energy efficiency elements that are to be incorporated into new permanent Army buildings in the U.S. and abroad. Starting in fiscal year 2013, designs for new construction and major renovations are to incorporate the sustainable design and development principles contained in […]

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Standard Bank head office gets R2,3m solar hybrid water-heating system

Banking group Standard Bank has invested R2,3-million in a hybrid solar water heating and heat pump system at the company’s head office in Johannesburg, as it moves to increase energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint. The new R2,3-million system, installed by Kayema Energy Solutions, was expected to save nearly R1-million a year in energy […]

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