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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
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Adapting to climate change

It is important that we know how to adapt to climate change, so that:

  • we can prepare ourselves,
  • adjust our living ways, and
  • to take action in ensuring sustainable development and livelihoods become a reality for the present and future generations.

What is Climate Change?

Climate Change is the natural cycles of weather patterns on earth resulting from changes in the amount of heat received from the sun. The climate goes through warm and cold periods, taking hundreds of years to complete one cycle.

These changes affect the temperature which also influences the rainfall. Plants and animals are able to adapt to a changing climate if these changes take place over hundreds of years. Unfortunately, human activity is currently causing the climate to change too fast.

For more information on what causes climate change, what is climate change adaptation and more, you can visit the climatetalk website. A website which is dedicated to sharing this information and where you will be able to share your experiences; learn from others and in this way build a new community of practice that will reduce the vulnerability of the people to the inevitable changes that will come with global climate change.