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Steps & incentives to saving energy

In the current energy landscape in South Africa everybody agrees on the need to consume and waste less energy. But how? Many tips to saving are free and involve simple behavioural changes; such as switching off lights which aren’t in use, turning off your geysers when you go away for the weekend or switching off […]

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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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The 12 Most Affordable Fuel-Efficient New Cars

Forget the buzz about hybrid and electric cars. For the budget conscious, these are your best buy new cars. These 12 models each get 30 mpg or better, and cost less than $17,500 – including the cost of a year’s worth of fuel. 1 of 12 2011 Hyundai Accent Cost: $9,985 Fuel economy: 30 mpg […]

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Green Hotels and Reclaimed Materials

Time and time again we hear hotel project managers and developers embarking on “greening” projects comment, “If only I thought of reclaimed materials before…” Although the project might have already been completed, it might not be too late to help you save time, money and help with your sustainable hotel initiatives. Who knows, you might […]

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Cancun climate breakthrough: It’s not perfect, but it’s a deal

It’s not perfect, and it’s not binding, but international climate negotiators have struck a deal. The final hours in Cancun were a world of difference from the closing night of the Copenhagen climate talks. Last year’s summit closed with drama, confusion, and plenty of unhappy delegations, but the Mexico conference came to an end with […]

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Turning Energy Savings in London into Solar for Africa

We all know that energy conservation is good. And it is clear that solar can be a life saver in developing countries, as well as a great catalyst for improved school performance. But what if turning off the lights in your home or office could help someone in Africa turn theirs on? An innovative new […]

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How to Save Energy by eliminating Phantom Loads

You might not know it, but there’s an invisible thief which may be stealing your energy and boosting your energy bills. As long as they’re plugged in, all electronic devices – anything with a clock, timer, adaptor, memory or remote control – continue to draw power even when they’re not in use. Since most homes […]

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First Eco-Friendly Hotel in Mpumalanga

The first eco-friendly hotel in the province was officially opened at Casterbridge Centre. The Casterbridge Hollow Boutique Hotel [owned by Mr Louis van der Merwe] was welcomed into the province by MEC for economic development, environment and tourism, Mr Jabu Mahlangu, and board members of the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MPTA) [Chairman, Mr Sabelo […]

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Micro-Hydro Turbine Station – Harnessing Water Power

A Lowveld Guide to Green Electricity (updated October 2012) We read a small article in the Farmer’s Weekly a few years ago that mentioned that the amount of coal burnt to create the electricity to heat water for the average bath (we are not talking about those huge Jacuzzi things) is about 50kg of coal […]

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