Kim Kruyshaar at the African Utilities Week Conference
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Learning about energy efficiency at household level

Learning about energy efficiency at household level

Start a journey to energy efficiency and find out what’s up with your Watts. Learn how to measure, manage and minimize your electricity use. The price of electricity is increasing each year. How can you use less electricity and counter these increases. Electricity tariffs are also changing. Are you on the correct one ?

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The Open Climate Network (OCN)

The OC brings together independent research institutes in key countries around the world to monitor national progress on climate change policy. For more information, please visit openclimatenetwork.org

Partners in the Electricity Governance Initiative used the OCN Policy Implementation Toolkit to assess progress on implementation of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (REIPPP), a key pillar of South Africa’s renewable energy target and GHG mitigation goal. The review found that while REIPPP’s competitive bidding mechanism has made a good start in attracting private-sector investment to reduce dependence on coal, enhanced institutional resources will be critical to the long-term success of South Africa’s ambitious renewable energy program.

 

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You Can’t Eat Electricity

Oxfam launched its latest discussion document in its “mind the gap” series on Tuesday evening.  In Johannesburg for the event, Liz McDaid, who co-authored the paper with Oxfam’s Tim Gore, presented the story of Busi, a woman in South Africa struggling to survive in hard economic times.  The paper points out that the government’s policies, meant to ease the plight of the poor, actually drive people deeper into poverty.

To download the full report click here;  You can’t eat Electricity

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Mind The Gap – Oxfam Public Dialogue

OXFAM INVITES YOU TO THE NEXT PUBLIC DIALOGUE  IN THE

MIND THE GAP SERIES ON A NEW DISCUSSION PAPER

YOU CAN’T EAT ELECTRICITY: HUNGER, INEQUALITY AND LOW CARBON DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA

DATE: 28 MAY 2013, 5.30PM

VENUE: THE HUMAN RIGHTS CONFERENCE ROOM, OLD FORT CONFERENCE CENTRE, CONSTITUTION HILL, 11 KOTZE STREET, JOHANNESBURG , 2000

RSVP: BASHEERAH MOHAMED, bmohamed@oxfam.org.uk BY FRIDAY, 24 MAY 2013

FOR MEDIA ENQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT RULLESKA SINGH, rsingh@oxfam.org.uk

FOR DIRECTIONS VISIT www.constitutionhill.org.za

PARKING IS AVAILABLE ON JOUBERT STREET ENTRANCE, LEVEL C

 SPEAKERS:

CECIL MORDAN, CHIEF DIRECTOR: ECONOMICS TAX ANALYSIS, NATIONAL TREASURY

NDIVILE MOKOENA, GENDER CC & THE WOMAN ENERGY & CLIMATE CHANGE FORUM (WECCF)

LIZ MCDAID, INDEPENDENT ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCHER

 

FACILITATOR: MS NANCY RICHARDS

 

WELCOME DRINKS AND FINGER FOOD WILL BE AVAILABLE ON ARRIVAL

PLEASE FORWARD THIS INVITATION TO OTHERS IN YOUR NETWORK

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How to use less electricity

Saving electricity saves you money, and saves our environment as well. The business of making electricity in South Africa contributes heavily to air pollution and climate change. It is important to learn how to use less electricity.

Tips on how to use less electricity:

The Geyser

We all know that the Geyser is one of the most power hungry domestic appliances there ever was invented. It takes long to boil, and most of the time it needs reheating for the water to get warm. Therefore, you must

  • Put a blanket around your geyser – this keeps your water hot.
  • Put a timer on your geyser – it will switch itself off during the many hours it is not needed.

Cooking

Eating is the one thing that no one can go on without, so everyday one must cook. There are also ways of saving electricity while doing so:

  • Cook with the lid on your pot – your food will cook much quicker.
  • Cook with a Hot-Box. You can make one yourself with blankets or cushions. Just bring your food to the boil, then take it off the stove and wrap it in a blanket/cushions – your food will carry on cooking.

Solar Water Heating

Install a Solar Water Heater that will use the heat from the sun to heat your water to wash – this will save you electricity.

Lighting

Use Compact Flourescent Lightbulbs instead of regular ones. They use 5 times less electricity, but last 8 times longer.

Insulation

  • Insulate your water pipes – use insulation foam or just use newspaper.
  • Insulate your ceiling – use wine bags, tins, cardboard, wool, rags, straw bales, etc.

Your House

Design your house to be cool in summer and warm in winter. Make sure it:

  • Faces North
  • Has a ceiling
  • Has a roof overhang
  • Has a thick, damp-proof floor