Saving energy in our homes demands the united effort of the whole family. In the beginning, it may seem like useless effort, but the evident decrease in water and electricity bills will have you thinking different soon. It takes time and commitment, but it is worth it and the entire family can collectively work towards this set goal. It is also a good parenting tactic: teaching your kids of the natural resources and how to not take them for granted. Teaching them how to live life in the green zone.
Energy Saving Made Simple
Most people are quick to assume that energy saving will cost them money. Let’s get it out there. It doesn’t cost anything. Actually, energy saving doesn’t compromise much on your luxurious lifestyle, it is rather simple and very effective. It helps save an accumulated fortune on your expenses and carbon footprint. Living life in the green zone is very effective if you can get your whole family to contribute.
The most commonly known and easily implemented method is to switch off all the electrical household appliances. This includes lights that are not being used. Turning them off is not enough though. You should unplug them too.
You know, the tiny LED display that glows even when the appliance and electronics are switched off? It means the appliance is still drawing power that is basically lost energy, easily preventable. This is applicable to all electrical appliances under your roof. It may not seem like a lot of wasted energy that you have to pay for, but if you crunch some numbers then it amounts to a rather big number. Both in terms of electrical units consumed and excess bills paid.
The regular incandescent bulbs in our house consume a lot of energy and convert the electrical energy into heat. Replace these with LED or CFL bulbs if you want to live life in the green zone. These help save up to 75% less electricity and also last 10-20 times longer than regular bulbs. This will save you a significant amount of money on electricity bills.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Life in the green zone
The three Rs. Our houses generate lots of waste and most of this can be recycled in some way or another. It is also very possible to reduce the amount of waste we generate if you really feel for the environment and the effects our actions have on it. What we as part of society can do is make sure we get rid of our waste responsibly when living life in the green zone. There are municipal depots which collect all recyclable materials like glass, paper, plastic and metal. Make sure your waste gets here for recycling.
What most of us are not aware of is electronic waste. More often we find the electronic waste in our landfills which has severe health and environmental risks. Most electronic components contain mercury and lead which are highly toxic. Positively, awareness is being created and South Africa is among one of the countries to take electronic disposal seriously. Certain parts of our e-waste can be reused and others that can’t should be responsibly disposed.
Stop That Leak
There are a lot of ways to emphasise on water waste but this is how this discussion should begin. Water is short and we need to save it if we want to life in the green zone. Various parts of the world are experiencing droughts and many other parts have no access to clean water. Not even for drinking. It is our responsibility to use water wisely. Fix any leak pipes or faucets in your home/workplace. Use water-saving technology and for your toilet flush purposes, use a gray water system. Read more on saving energy by turning off the geyser.
In case installing a gray water system or rainwater system is not affordable, then you can use a plastic basins to do the dishes and then carry the water out in the lawn and water the lawn. You can also attach a pipe to your dishwasher, washing machine or shower and direct the water to go out to the lawn directly.
Passive Thermal Energy Control
Heat can crawl in your house in the summers through the walls and the roof and force you to crank up the air conditioning. The same way it can crawl out of your home during the summer and then you need to crank up the heating. Insulating your ceiling, walls, geyser and pipes with ISOTHERM can control heat loss and help save on heating and cooling costs. ISOTHERM is made from thermally-bonded polyester of recycled plastic PET bottles and is completely non-allergic and safe. We specialise in insulation and can help you live life in the green zone.
Another insulation product that is popular in South Africa is AEROLITE. Made from recycled sand and post consumer glass. It will also control heat loss and gain in your home.
You can also control passive thermal energy loss by shading windows. If your budget doesn’t allow for double glazed windows, then you can always install an awning or plant a creeper. The difference you will experience will be rather significant.
If you have children then it is a bigger responsibility to show them the value of these natural resources. We need to teach our youth how to life in the green zone. They are young so it is rather easy to embed the environment-friendly laws in their minds now. Our children need to be taught of the adverse effects of too much energy consumption on our environment. They will adapt to the idea of living life in the green zone.