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Can Installing Water Saving Devices Really Save You Money?

With environmental concerns becoming a major issue in this country, many people wish to “do their part” in water conservation and other “green” issues. But does installing water saving devices really have an effect on the environment?  Advertisers are constantly telling consumers that not only do water saving devices help conserve water, they will also […]

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What exactly is ‘Organic’ produce?

Organic farming recognises the direct connection between our health and the food we eat. Strict regulations, known as ‘standards’, define what organic farmers can and cannot do – and place a strong emphasis on the protection of wildlife and the environment. In organic farming: pesticides are severely restricted – instead organic farmers develop nutrient-rich soil […]

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Water Security

International problem – acute in South Africa Only 30% or 11% of South Africa’s 283 municipalities are at this point in a position to render adequate water services, the Parliamentary Ad Hoc Committee on Service Delivery was told recently. It is, however, not a problem unique to South Africa and the dangers of a disaster […]

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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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Preparedness: Water Storage Tips

Some preparedness authorities recommend storing at least 14 gallons (53 litres) of water per person, which amounts to a two-week supply. This would mean a family of 4 would want to store approximately 56 gallons (212 litres) of water. Water stored improperly can be an exercise in futility, and even be hazardous to health. Here […]

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The Physical Causes of Water Scarcity (southern Africa)

The causes of water scarcity are varied. Some are natural and others are as a result of human activity. The current debate sites the causes as largely deterministic in that scarcity is a result of identifiable cause and effect. However, if water scarcity is the point at which water stress occurs (the point at which […]

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How to Obtain Water in a Survival Situation (Part 2)

Aboveground Solar Still Above-ground solar still You can use stills (aboveground and belowground) in various areas of the world. They draw moisture from the ground and from plant material. You need certain materials to build a still, and you need time to let it collect the water. It takes about 24 hours to get 0.5 […]

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Could Generating Energy from Waste Be the Answer?

Scientists at Teesside University are helping to find answers to one of the most difficult problems facing the world today — generating energy without accelerating climate change or harming food production. The researchers are investigating biofuels generated from wastes. This is seen by many as the ‘green alternative’ to using fossil fuels.  Biofuels may appear […]

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Water Conservation in an Environmentally Friendly Hotel

Green Ideas for Environmentally Friendly Hotels Why is water conservation important? Because water isn’t as abundant a resource as we think it is. Of all the water present on the planet, only about .008% is available for human consumption. There are numerous water conservation tips for you to act on, and act you must. institute […]

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