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2017’s Interesting Energy Innovations

Just as 2016 was a landmark year for renewable energy, 2017 looks to be even more important for this growing industry. Innovation is going to be the renewable energy trend in 2017 and we are likely to see some very interesting developments that will have the power to change the way that we look at energy. Although change is happening slowly, the world is making a commitment to Going Green more than ever before. We are becoming more educated about the damage that has been inflicted on our planet and we are becoming more aware of the consequences of doing nothing.

One positive that we can take from Going Green is that we are being forced to be creative with our energy and this means that more exciting projects are being developed.

Today, there are plenty of great ideas floating around, waiting to be turned into real-life projects that have the ability to transform all of our lives. There are some ideas that are too risky to consider at the moment, too drastic to implement while there is still time to heal the earth.

But while some ideas are still just concepts and some that are many years away from being developed into a reality, other safer ideas are closer to being realised.

But 2017 is the year that revolutionary ideas that can be put into practice are likely to come to life.

Projects to look out for in 2017

Recycled water

Grey water systems are great for watering gardens and washing cars, but it is of course not safe to drink. Until now, the idea of generating purified water from sewerage sludge has not only been unfeasible but not wholly supported by communities and investors.

When Bill Gates drank the first glass of distilled water using the Omniprocessor, people were sceptical but when looking at the science behind the processor responsible for generating this water, the idea takes on a whole different shape.

Sewer sludge is boiled and the water vapour is removed from the solids. The solids are burned which turns to steam and in turn, helps to generate electricity. This electricity keeps the system functioning without taking power from the grid and any excess power created is sent back into the community. The water vapour is sent into a cleaning system which purifies it into the cleanest water your will ever drink!

This processor is ideal for developing countries that still lack access to clean running water and stable electricity. The small processor can also become an income generating project for developing nations!

Clean water for African communities is becoming a reality, especially with the advancements in 2017
Clean water for African communities is becoming a reality, especially with the advancements in 2017

Carbon capturing cement

The process of replacing the fossil fuels which are being used in infrastructure is a slow one and this is because fossil fuels have a devastatingly long lifespan.

Carbon capture is the process of removing carbon dioxide from the air and reducing the amount of carbon that is a big cause of global warming. This process is guaranteed to change the transitions that the planet is making towards reducing emissions.

While we have already found a way to remove carbon from the smoke release during manufacturing, as well as from the air, it is an expensive process and it needs to be done at a lower cost in order for it to be worthwhile. Then there is also the problem of where the carbon is sent once it has been extracted.

Right now, that place is within the ground. The carbon that is being placed underground is being done to stimulate oil production, which in a way defeats the purpose of removing the carbon in the first place.

But there is now a better idea on the way. CarbonCure is a company that is injecting carbon into cement where it will be isolated and become less harmful to the environment. The cement industry is responsible for around 5% of the global carbon dioxide emissions. While this does reduce the amount of carbon dioxide as a result of production, it does not completely eliminate all of it.

This process is currently being experimented with in an effort to make it profitable and more effective.

Imitation beef

What does meat free beef have to do with renewable energy you ask? Did you know that the beef industry is to blame for huge amounts of carbon emissions? While it might not be everyone’s favourite thing to eat, meat-free beef is a fantastic vegetarian replacement that is supposed to mimic the taste and texture of real meat. While the initial tests have proven this meat is popular in certain circles, it has not yet been introduced to the masses and so there is no proof that it will be competitive in the market.

Taste and price will ultimately be the deciding factor when it comes to whether or not this renewable food option stays relevant in the long run.

Pay as you go solar power

Pay as you go solar power is the next leap in solar energy and it is going to have a wonderfully positive effect on energy for communities without access to national electrical resources.
Pay as you go solar power is the next leap in solar energy and it is going to have a wonderfully positive effect on energy for communities without access to national electrical resources.

Again, 2017 will be the year in which solar power will take the centre stage in the ongoing struggle to ensure that renewable energy is effective. The people will always come first when it comes to renewable energy and it is more important that people and the environment benefit before there is a profit.

Azuri Technologies is a company that has worked out how to affordably provide solar power to homes that are off the grid in Africa, and they have come up with a way that is beneficial. Charging a small amount, a family can have a basic solar power unit that will be enough to power two lights and to charge a mobile device. To keep the unit functioning, the family will need to purchase credits although the price that they will pay will be far lower than they would normally spend on kerosene for lighting. The family will save on energy costs and 18 months after paying for their units, they will own their system.

And, this system has already been proven to work in 11 sub-Saharan Africa and has also won awards. This pay as you go system is bridging the gap between the grid and those who have no access to it, which means that people no longer have to wait for power to come to them. These households are skipping ahead, avoiding the conventional use of electricity and immediately benefitting from having solar energy.

Are you planning on Going Green in 2017? You can with Green Leaf Alternative Solutions. We have the systems that can transform the way that you both consider energy and use it. With solar systems, energy efficient air conditioners, grey water systems and solar geysers, you can be a part of the group revolutionising an industry reliant on fossil fuels.

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2017 might be the year that solar power becomes cheaper than coal

2017 is already shaping up to be an interesting year, especially in the renewable energy industry. One of the reasons that this year is going to make a memorable impact is because it is predicted that in some countries, renewable energy, solar power, in particular, is set to become cheaper than burning coal.

This could be the biggest turning point in Green energy history!

In December 2016, the World Economic Forum announced that solar energy and wind energy have become the same price as coal and, in some instances, the price of renewable energy has dropped below that of coal.

“In an increasingly larger number of countries, it has become more economical to install solar and wind capacity than coal capacity,” the WEF report stated.

While South Africa is making great strides towards changing over to renewable energy, in 2016 it was countries like Chile and the United Arab Emirates, that broke new records.  These countries were able to generate electricity using solar power for less than 3 cents a kilowatt, which is half of the average global cost of energy generated from coal.

This year other nations are aiming to drop prices even lower, with Jordan and Mexico being just two of the countries that are using auctions and tenders to drop prices.  Companies in Europe, which have already proven that their techniques for dropping prices using renewable energy have worked, are reaching out to new markets in new countries in the hope of sharing their expertise.

Solar prices have been dropping since 2009, with more affordable materials and more effective techniques being used to generate electricity using sun energy.  In fact, since 2009, solar prices have dropped by up to 62%. This price lowering has had a far-reaching effect on other areas of the construction industry.

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, by 2025 we could very well see a global-scale drop in solar power, pushing coal prices higher than solar energy prices.

“These are game-changing numbers, and it’s becoming normal in more and more markets,” said Adnan Amin, International Renewable Energy Agency’s director general, an Abu Dhabi-based intergovernmental group. “Every time you double capacity, you reduce the price by 20 percent.”

The renewable energy industry is set to grow in 2017, with prices dropping around the world.
The renewable energy industry is set to grow in 2017, with prices dropping around the world.

Change is coming

While this is a fantastic development and a victory for renewable energy, the world will not be ready to completely break away from fossil fuels in 2017.  Even with lower prices infrastructure still needs to be put in place on a larger scale. The complete changeover is going to take many years to accomplish and in the meantime, the focus will be on reducing just how much we rely on non-renewable energy.

But technology is changing and developing all the time, so the change will come sooner rather than later. Scientists are always working on the next best techniques to shake up the bustling industry. Some examples of new technology being used to benefit the solar industry include using diamond wire saws that are more efficient to cut the wafers (exceptionally thin semiconductor material) and manufacturing cells that are able to store more energy from the sun.

Today, the Green energy is inching its way towards being an equal competitor in the energy industry. This comes after almost a decade of commercial solar energy and numerous advancements and developments.

2017 is going to be a remarkable year for solar power and this year will hopefully be a precursor year to more exceptional developments.

You can equip your home or business with solar technology from Green Leaf Alternative Solutions. We have a selection of solar systems including solar panels suitable for a variety of building structures. Contact us or browse our website to find out more about how you can Go Green.

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Make 2017 your Greenest year yet in 7 Simple steps

It just takes a few simple lifestyle changes to turn your world Green. While installing solar panels or energy efficient air conditioning in your home or business, you can make a remarkable difference in how much you spend each month, but there are also a few other things you can do.

7 Easy Ways to help the environment

  1. Walk or cycle

If you are lucky enough to live and/or work close to shops, you might want to consider cutting back on the amount of driving you do and instead opt to walk or cycle. In South Africa, we are not exactly living in cities that are planned in such a way that walking or cycling is always a viable option but if you can use your feet instead of your tyres, this simple method to Go Green is not only going to help the environment but it is also going to benefit your health!

  1. Use your reusable bags

When South African shops stopped providing plastic bags for free when purchasing products, many of us invested in reusable bags. But how many of us still remember to take them when we shop. Normally, we end up buying plastic bags, something that we could completely avoid. Instead of paying for a plastic bag every time you shop, make a habit of actually using your reusable bags. Not buying plastic bags is the environmentally friendly option.

  1. Drink water wisely

Buying bottled water is a trend that has truly exploded these last few years and with it has come millions of plastic bottles. If you want to help the planet and reduce your own carbon footprint, you might want to rethink buying that bottle of water. By not buying bottled water you will be helping to reduce the amount of plastic waste that can be found in landfills throughout the world. If you are still concerned about the purity of the water you are consuming, you can always install a water filtration system in your home and store purified water in glass bottles or environmentally safe reusable plastic water bottles.

Water can be stored and collected wisely
Water can be stored and collected wisely
  1. Stainless steel straws

Do you or your family use straws on a daily basis? The amount of plastic that is thrown away in the form of used straws is quite phenomenal but when you choose to use stainless steel straws you can reduce your carbon footprint. These straws can be carried around with you and they can be used for all of your favourite drinks. Stainless steel straws are safe to use and easy to keep clean.

  1. Plant a garden

Adding some greenery to your home is one of the best ways to create a calming atmosphere while contributing to a healthier environment. Unfortunately, not all homes have the space to have the kind of garden you’d like, but even a few plants on a window sill can make a difference in your home. You can buy low maintenance pot plants to absorb carbon dioxide and release clean oxygen. You will definitely notice the difference in your home with a few pot plants.

  1. Cut back on your shower time

If you are already showering instead of running a bath, you are saving water. But the size of the difference you make depends greatly on the amount of time that you spend in your shower. The average shower can use as much as 10 litres of water for every minute that you shower. So it makes sense that if you want to live a Greener life, you should spend a minimal amount of time in the shower. 5 minutes is the perfect amount of time, and by playing a 5-minute long song, you can start or end your day on a high!

  1. Commit to recycling

Making the decision to recycle is easy, committing to doing it is something else. Many of us want to help the planet by recycling, but few of us are able to fully commit to recycling everything that can be put through the various recycling processes. This year you can add one or two extra bins in your home or business, label them glass or plastic (or whatever you’d like to recycle) and then place your rubbish in the relevant bins.

With our Green solutions, you can make a difference in 2017
With our Green solutions, you can make a difference in 2017

You can Go Green in 2017 by using these really simple ideas. If you are building in 2017 or renovating, and you want to make a serious, long-term commitment to the environment, then you can always work with Green Leaf Alternative Solutions. We supply the best quality solar systems, LED lighting, energy efficient air conditioning and grey water systems in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

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The top 5 renewable energy options for the future

Alternative energy is the way of the future.  Alternative energy is the term for any energy that is not traditionally produced.  Solar power, hydropower and wind power are all forms of electricity production that are considered to be alternative.

A few years from now, the way that we produce electricity will have drastically changed.

Did you know that the fossil fuels we rely on for energy production will start running out 50 years from now?

Burning fuels as a means to produce energy has greatly contributed to the climate change and general pollution within the atmosphere. Using alternative energy means that there will be far less pollution, allowing the Earth time to restore itself to a healthier state.

Here are the 5 best alternative power solutions available to us:

Energy from beneath the surface

Safe alternative energy doesn’t only come from solar power.  While our minds tend to think of solar energy first, few people realise that energy can come from beneath the surface of the Earth as well. Geothermic energy is exceptionally sustainable and it won’t cause a negative impact on the environment in a way that other energy production methods are known to.  Far beneath the surface of the Earth, which is far hotter than the Sun, this heat will be used to produce electricity. The heat from within the Earth is a wonderful heating source that is able to provide heat to homes while it also heats water which moves turbines to generate power.

This form of electricity production is low cost for the consumer but is not necessarily considered to be completely renewable as it is unknown whether or not the heat can be used up.

Energy from above

Every renewable energy article will include solar power as a form of alternative energy.  Solar power takes the energy from the Sun and converts it into electricity that can be used in homes and businesses.  Energy from the sun is completely renewable and with advancements being made each year, the harnessing of this power is only going to become more and more efficient.

This form of electricity can be a bit pricey with the initial set up but thereafter a consumer is going to see massive savings.

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Solar power remains once of the most popular and sought after renewable energy options. This technology is likely to advance in the coming years.
Solar power remains once of the most popular and sought after renewable energy options. This technology is likely to advance in the coming years.

Energy from living things

Have you ever heard of biomass? All sources of biomass come from living things such as plants.  One form of this system of electricity production involves removing energy from plants and microorganisms that use this energy as their food.  Biomass energy has been used since man could make fire, as wood is a biofuel. The other form of biomass is related to landfills.  But the most common forms of biomass currently being manufactured include methane and biodiesel which can be derived from landfills.

The downside is that the fuel needs to be burned before it can be used, which means that there is a fair amount of pollution, however, this is still considered a sustainable source of power.

Energy from water

Hydroelectric power is another of the most renewable sources of energy on the planet and it works when kinetic energy from moving water is converted into electricity. The water moves through a turbine which in turn spins a generator and creates power. This process is common in areas with dams and moving rivers, and it can provide enough power to keep large areas going. It is said to be one of the most successful forms of renewable energy and continues to be popular around the world.

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Water has always been a life source. These days it is also a reliable source of electricity production.
Water has always been a life source. These days it is also a reliable source of electricity production.

Energy from the wind

The final source of renewable energy is also one of the fastest growing methods: energy from the wind. In areas where there is limited sunshine or very few big dams or fast flowing rivers, wind farms have become a suitable replacement. The wind spins the blades of the turbines which then spin a generator and electricity is created.

This form is affordable but can be a bit of an eyesore since the only way to produce a sufficient amount of power is by having a sort of wind farm. The upside is that this energy is 100% renewable.

The future of electricity lies with renewable energy and with these kinds of methods that will eventually be used on a large scale. But for now, there are ways that you can generate your own electricity. Think about investing in solar systems to keep your home or business running at minimum costs.  Green Leaf Alternative Solutions provides highly efficient solar technology, designed to harness the renewable power of the sun and other elements. You can contact us today or visit our website for more details.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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Why you should Go Green!

One of the biggest motivating factors for South Africans to go Green last year was undoubtedly load shedding.  It was something that everyone suffered with, and it was the motivating factor that pushed many of us to start seriously looking at Green Alternative Solutions.  However, while South Africans were busy buying into alternative energy solutions because of load shedding, the rest of the world had already started the process of turning their homes and businesses into renewable energy havens.  South Africans are actually just playing a catch-up game to the rest of the world!

Load shedding, which seems to have come and gone is certainly not the only reason why South Africans should be thinking Green.  Exchanging energy that relies on fossil fuels, for energy that is generated cleanly, is something that the entire world needs to do, for the sake of future generations to come.  Renewable energy is the way of the future, and if we want to have a healthy future in a clean, liveable environment, then we all need to do our part in finding energy sources that are not going to harm the planet.

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By using Green energy you are contributing to a cleaner planet for everyone.
By using Green energy you are contributing to a cleaner planet for everyone.

10 great reasons to Go Green!

A quick online google search will spill out hundreds of sources, some of them from the experts, telling you exactly why you need to think about going Green.  The change is happening all over the world and not only will we enjoy the benefits of environmentally friendly power right here and now, but we will also be leaving a better world behind for future generations.

Here are 10 great reasons to go Green!

  • You can increase the value on your home or business

Green energy is cheaper energy and when you have equipped your home or business to be Green, you are going to be increasing the value of your home because of that money saving factor.  You will save money!

In addition to this, Eskom rates are increasing each year, leaving South Africans to pay out more money on their electricity each year.  Once you start seeing the return on your investment from going Green, you will notice how much money you are actually saving.

  • Improve your health and the health of those around you

Become part of the group of people who are making the air cleaner. The more people investing in Green technology means better air for all and less illness.

  • Start saving on your water bill

If you are really committed to Greener living, you should also have a look at plumbing systems that will help you to save water.  Water shedding is likely to become a part of South Africa’s future as the effects of the drought take hold, so it is a good time to think about water harvesting.

  • You are investing in the future

Global Warming and all of the other damage that has been caused by burning fossil fuels is going a long way towards damaging and even destroying the futures of our children. By making a commitment to going Green, you will be investing in the future of the planet and helping to create a future of your children.

  • Become self-sufficient

When you install solar geysers and solar panels, you are immediately taking away your dependency on the national power supply. Becoming self-sufficient is very important for you and your family. You will be thankful for installing Green technology the next time there is an electricity crisis.

  • Productivity boosting factor

Each time someone invests in renewable energy resources, they are contributing to a healthier environment.  When we live in healthy environments, we suffer from fewer illnesses.  It might seem like common sense but it is something that many of us have overlooked.  A healthier nation is a more productive, and happier, one.

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Homes can be altered to have the capacity to harness Green energy.
Homes can be altered to have the capacity to harness Green energy.
  • Be the one who sets the example

Once you have installed your solar panels, your neighbours are bound to take an interest. And with them seeing what you are doing, it can contribute to a dialogue about sustainable energy or perhaps even be enough to encourage them to follow your example and also go Green. Become a leader in the Green revolution!

  • Start recycling

Recycling is a big part of going Green. Plastic and glass are easily recyclable and you will find places all over your town where you can deposit your recyclables. You can also recycle your old papers, including newspapers and magazines. Every little bit helps, and your recycling contribution is going to have an impact.

  • Renewable energy is free

While the initial set up to produce your renewable energy is going to require a financial investment, there are no costs involved in producing your electricity when you are using solar power.  The energy from the sun is 100% free, and anyone can convert it with the right equipment.

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With Africa's abundance of sun energy, solar power is an affordable source of power that will benefit the continent.
With Africa’s abundance of sun energy, solar power is an affordable source of power that will benefit the continent.

Think of going Green as your new start in life.  Most of us have grown up with conventional electricity and have gotten used to this way of providing power to our homes.  When you are transforming your home to use renewable power, you are changing the way that your children are going to be looking at electricity.  By going Green, you will also be changing the way that you think about the normal everyday things that we do, such as throwing away items that could have actually been recycled.

Green Leaf Alternative Energy Solutions has created affordable solutions for South Africans looking to purchase Green technology to transform their homes, and ultimately their lives.  Not only will we provide you with an affordable energy saving, we also provide expert advice!  Contact us today!  www.greenleafas.co.za  info@greenleafas.co.za[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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Solar airplane set to change the way we see solar power

In case you missed the latest news dominating the technology headlines recently, the first solar powered airplane has circled the globe and recently, successfully completed its final journey to the United Arab Emirates. The Solar Impulse 2 has been on an interesting journey that has captured the attention of the Green community while sending a powerful message to the rest of the world about solar power.

The idea of building and launching an airplane built to solely use solar power comes from two of the biggest pioneering minds. They have achieved their goals and have created the world’s first solar-powered airplane, and to prove the impossible they have taken it on a flight around the globe, all to create awareness for the solar power cause.

Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are the two masterminds and their first “around the world flight” using only solar power is going to change things in the aviation industry.  An airplane that uses no fuel; the Solar impulse 2 is proof that such goals can be achieved.  Not just in the aviation industry but in other industries as well.

A journey to a cleaner world

The flight broke records when it flew for 5 days and 5 nights without fuel, and the global round trip ended in the sun-drenched United Arab Emirates.  This is the first step in proving that in the future everyone could be using solar power for flights.  It is no longer an eccentric idea but rather a reality! There are no limits to where this technology could be taken in the future.  Solar power is the way to go as it is essentially clean energy that emits no harmful gasses or requires fuels made from non-renewable sources.

Just a few years ago, solar powered airplanes would not have been as much as entertained on the drawing board.  However, thanks to ongoing development and passion this vision has come alive! Developing the right technology is exceptionally important to create the kind of world where solar power can be something used on a much larger scale.

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Flying, as we know it, requires plenty of fuel. Aircraft using solar power will require no fuel and leave no pollution, paving the way for clean air travel.
Flying, as we know it, requires plenty of fuel. Aircraft using solar power will require no fuel and leave no pollution, paving the way for clean air travel.

About the solar powered airplane

Solar Impulse 2 had immense financial backing from the legendary Piccard Family.  For three generations this family has been involved in financing exploration.  At the forefront of their innovative personalities, there has always been a concern for the environment.

The latest innovator in the Piccard family teamed up with an incredible entrepreneurial mind to bring the Solar Impulse 2 to life.  Bertrand Piccard, Andre Borschberg, and a highly skilled team came together to turn what was once a dream into reality.

The solar power airplane has been almost 20 years in the making. With the idea launched in 1999, the first prototype was built between 2007 and 2009, after years of planning, research and financing. In 2010 it lifted off and many test flights were undertaken before the trip around the world was undertaken.

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The future of solar power is looking bright.
The future of solar power is looking bright.

 

Why solar power?

There might be a few renewable energy choices out there these days, but solar power still comes out on top every time.  Why? Well after the initial set up and cost output, solar power is extremely cost effective.

Like solar geysers and solar panels found on the roofs of many homes, machinery can be similarly fit with the technology that will be used to produce solar driven power.  Why use fossil fuels to power homes and industries when solar energy is available?  Why use diesel or petrol when cars can be powered in a more environmentally friendly way?  Solar power has a lot of potential, and this flight around the world is certainly paving the way towards other solar developments and innovations.

Greenleaf Alternative Solutions is an innovative renewable energy company based in Gauteng, South Africa. Providing solar geysers, solar lights, solar panels, water recycling solutions, energy efficient air conditioners and home automation for the home as well as for the commercial sector, Greenleaf has built a reputation for being a reliable company in the field of Green technology.

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Grey water recycling and the other ways you can save water

For many the thought of going green immediately turns to electricity, solar power and other ways that can be used to save power. But water is just as important, if not more so, than electricity and is often completely forgotten about when discussions turn to ways that the planet can be saved. Water shortages have always plagued South Africa. In fact, South Africa is considered to be one of those water scarce countries where people need to turn to alternative methods for saving water.

Some of the best ways that you can save water are not just by storing it, but also by creating it from nothing at all. With the modern advancements that are getting better and better by the day, the constant improvements are bettering the ways that we can save water. You now have plenty of options when it comes to saving water. And you don’t just have to choose just one option, you can combine a range of options.

Discussing the different ways that you can save water

In some instances, using a system that is designed just to harvest or reclaim water, is the best way to start saving. But it is certainly not the only way that you can save your water. There are a number of ways for you to save water, and the best place to start is with the water within your home. The ways that you can save water are incredibly simple and anyone can implement these techniques. Green Leaf Alternative Solutions is always looking to assist people by offering the right technology, and we are also providing some interesting advice to assist you in your water saving activities.

Start saving water in these ways

  • Take a bucket into the shower

How long do you wait for the water to heat up before you start showering? While you are waiting for the shower to get hot, plenty of water is running down the drain and going to waste. There is a way that you can prevent the water from going to waste. The solution is to place a bucket in the shower while you are waiting and to capture all of that water. You can then use this water for whatever you like, such as watering the garden.

  • Install a rainwater harvesting system

A rainwater harvesting system is one of the best ways that you can save. For most of our households, the rain water goes to waste, falling onto a pavement or driveway and then running away. By placing the rainwater harvesting system in the area where the rain falls the most, you will be saving the water and be able to use that water on your garden during times when the rain is scarce.

  • Invest in a grey water system

Not all wastewater needs to go down the drain and to waste. While there is certain waste water that should not be reused, grey water systems are great for recycling dish water and shower water. Instead of it going down the drain, this water is diverted to another area of the home where it can be used. One of the most popular ways that the water can be reused is by diverting it to be used for flushing the toilet. Although they can be easily set up, they do require maintenance to keep them in a good running condition.

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While droughts might be common in South Africa, technology can help us save water. The grey water recycling system is one of the best choices.
While droughts might be common in South Africa, technology can help us save water. The grey water recycling system is one of the best choices.

What is a grey water system?

With South Africa’s growing population and its continued struggle with water, the people need to save water wherever possible. This is where grey water recycling has really shown it’s immense worth. Grey water recycling involves the redirecting of wastewater, mainly water that has been used for showering, doing laundry or washing dishes, for instance. This water is not exactly dirty, and while it cannot be used for drinking or cooking, it can be used for other purposes.

Many households that have installed this system have reported that they have been able to save up to 40% of their water. This system of recycling can be combined with a number of other systems, contributing to the total amount of water that you will end up saving. The process is affordable and the set up itself is also exceptionally affordable.

Grey water recycling is one of the ways that you will be saving on your water each month. Not only will you be noticing the difference in your monthly water bill but you are also going to be contributing to saving the planet’s sparse fresh water supply.

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Energy efficient air conditioning: is it possible?

The short answer to this question is that of course it is possible to have energy efficient air conditioning.

It is all dependent on the type of air conditioning that you buy and the way that you use it. In this article, we are going to discuss the ways that you can save with your air conditioning.

Not only does Pretoria have very hot summers, but all of those massive buildings are oftentimes notorious for not letting in enough air. So many living and working in the city rely on air conditioning, both at the workplace and at home. Not only does air conditioning cool off the heat and provide some fresh air, but for companies that have plenty of computers running all day and night, an air conditioner can be incredibly important for keeping the company going.

But air conditioners can be very expensive to run when you are relying on them for hours at a time. For this reason, you are unlikely to be the only one in Pretoria who is searching for energy efficient air conditioning. Energy efficient air conditioning is able to save up to 70% of the energy needed to power the normal air conditioner, and this means that money is going to be saved.

Before there was air conditioning

Before we had air conditioning, humans had to adapt to their surrounds and change their habits so that they didn’t overheat in the intensity of the summer heat. Most times, the midday heat would drive people to the shelter of their homes, where they would relax away from the heat until it was cool enough for them to come out and work again. But these days are certainly long gone.

Today, business rules. And any time not spent working during the average week will mean money lost. And while fans have in the past provided some reprise from the heat, air conditioning is the real winner in the battle against the heat. Energy efficient air conditioning is not only going to save your money but it will also go a long way towards saving the environment. As it uses less energy, fewer harmful pollutants will be let loose into the environment.

The costs of air conditioning

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Investing in an energy efficient air conditioner can help you save power and contribute to a greener society.
Investing in an energy efficient air conditioner can help you save power and contribute to a greener society.

The conventional air conditioners have a number of hidden costs and many of them you might not even realise are there. The costs that we are talking about are not related to price, even the first thing you might think about when you see the word costs would be money. Air conditioners, those often found in older buildings in Pretoria, that are not eco-friendly and energy efficient are going to cost the environment as their often heavy duty uses will mean more burning of fossil fuels. Here are a few of the costs that you should consider:

  • The ecological costs

The very thing that is responsible for keeping air conditioners running is also responsible for causing some serious damage to the ozone layer. As the world is heating up with global warming, people are turning up their air conditioning to keep cool. Sadly this very effect is causing further damage to the environment as more fossil fuels are being burned.

  • The social costs

Being fully dependent on the cool provided by air conditioners contributes to people not getting outdoors more during the days when it is very hot. People end up walking less and spending more time indoors. This means that for some people there can be social costs involved with having air conditioning.

  • The financial costs

One of the biggest costs related to an air conditioning system is the financial one. Often a business will let their system run for all hours of the day and night, especially in those places that do not have fresh air coming in. And during the summer months, the price of running the air conditioner will be pushed up even more so. When you are opting for a more eco-friendly option then you are guaranteed to be saving your money as your air conditioner will be using less power than before.

How you can contribute to making your air conditioner more energy efficient

There are a number of things that you can do for your home to help make your air conditioner more energy efficient. While having an eco-friendly air conditioner is a great way to save money and energy, by doing these few things you can have an even more efficient air conditioning system.

  • Take into consideration that you need to make sure that your air conditioning is appropriate to the size of your home. You will also need to take into consideration the size of your rooms and how many people are living in the home.
  • Proper maintenance is needed for you to make sure that your air conditioning is not wasting energy somewhere. Many homeowners don’t do proper maintenance on their air conditioners and end up spending more money than usual to keep their home or business cooled off.
  • It might seem like a competitive partnership, but by pairing your air conditioning with ceiling fans, you will be contributing to the efficiency of your cooling system. Fans will push the cool air throughout the home and since they are not a drain on your electricity, you will not be wasting your money.
  • If your home or business has lots of windows, that intense summer heat is going to pour in and heat up the building tremendously. When this happens you might want to turn up your air conditioner to keep things cool, and then end up wasting energy. For this reason, it is important to have shades in your windows when you want to lower the cost of your air conditioning.

With the right air conditioner, your summer is going to be a cooled off, pleasant season. And you won’t have to worry about spending any extra money. At Green Leaf Alternative Solutions, we have a range of energy efficient systems that will have you noticeably saving money. As a Green Technology contractor, we can transform your household or business, turning it into an energy saving haven.

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