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Let’s be honest, we all know that we need to take immediate action to save our planet but many people assume that these changes will bear a heavy burden on their pockets and with rising prices on our daily living expenses, we don’t feel we can contribute.

The funny part about this myth is that, like all myths, it’s based on misplaced perceptions. The truth is that going green is going to save you a fortune. While some measures are costly, like installing solar panels, there are small things you can do every day to help you save on your bills each month – which means more money in your pocket.

Ways to go green are often made complicated and aren’t explained very well. It’s no wonder we resist them so much. We live busy, time-bound lives. Fortunately, most people WANT to help but simply don’t have easy and clear ideas on HOW to help. It’s regrettable, really, since climate actions are so straightforward and easy to implement.

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Food:

This Earth Hour, shine a light on a “greener” diet

But how?

  • Buy seasonal and local instead of imported goods or, hey, why not grow your own?
  • Become a SASSI consumer by buying green-listed fish: www.wwf.org.za/sassi
  • Think differently about meat and dairy. Try going meat-free for one day a week
  • Cut down your food waste. WWF’s recently completely beef life cycle analysis found that to produce 1 kg of steak requires 2 000 litres of water
  • Say cheers to green wine by supporting WWF Conservation Champion wine estates: www.wwf.org.za/conservationandwine
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Energy:

This Earth Hour, shine a light on energy-saving actions

But how?

  • Buy a home energy monitor and place it in the kitchen where it’s always visible – you’ll be amazed how your behaviour changes when you can see what’s driving up your bill
  • Turn off appliances at the wall. Cell phone chargers, shavers and electric toothbrushes all use power when plugged in
  • Warming the ol’ geyser is your biggest home energy user – save 40% on your usage by switching off during the day and reducing the temperature, particularly in summer
  • Go solar and save your wallet from skyrocketing electricity costs
  • Buy energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs and use electricity wisely
  • Use less fuel by walking, cycling or using public transport where possible – it’ll probably save you a fortune on gym fees too
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Water

This Earth Hour, shine a light on being water-wise.

But how?

  • Flush less or use less water when you do
  • Save up to 9 litres of water by turning off the tap while brushing your teeth
  • Take a quick 5 minute shower – baths can use up to 100 litres of water
  • Plant a water-wise garden with indigenous drought-resistant plants and water your garden after 6pm
  • Fix leaky taps. Even a slow dripping tap can waste 30 litres a day
  • Ditch the bottled water – it takes 3 litres of tap water to make one litre of bottled water
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Waste:

This Earth Hour, shine a light on wasting less.

But how?

  • Start composting, it makes for amazing fertiliser
  • Recycle. Recycle. Recycle. Put separate containers for paper, glass and plastics in your kitchen or garage and start dividing your waste
  • Create beauty through upcycling. The options are limitless, let your imagination take flight
  • Think before you buy, it’s better not to consume raw materials
  • Make your own planet-beautiful fashion statement; hem your skirts, dye your shirts, swop with friends, don’t buy into the marketing for “this season’s must-haves”
  • Reduce your food wastage and prevent landfill waste that pumps methane into our atmosphere

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