Saving Energy in the Home
(Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Western Cape Government)
Cleaner Production is changing the way we do and use things, by making them more efficient and causing less pollution and waste. It is based on the principle that prevention is better than cure. This can lead to fundamental changes in people's mindsets and their actions. This publication provides tips on how you can save energy, save water and minimise waste.
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The following are some examples of what can be done in your home to make it more energy efficient:
1. Hot Water Geyser
3. Heating your home
The following are some examples of what can be done in your home to make it more water efficient
The Western Cape is producing more waste than it can dispose of. The Average Capetonian produces 1.6 kilograms of waste per day. Water seeping through the landfills pollute the groundwater and the earth. The following points give you some ideas of what can be done in your own home to minimise the amount of waste that you produce.
Because gardens are often so water intensive, it is useful to look at principles of water-wise gardening. They are also lower maintenance than normal gardens. The following tips are taken from “Water-wise gardening” (DWAF and NBI, 1998):