If we’re willing to invest in green technology, we can save substantially when it comes to using natural resources. It depends on how far we want to go with it and how much we’re willing to spend.
Small changes can make a difference. For example, we can install a timer on our geyser so that it can be set to switch off automatically during peak periods.
When solar panels are used, our home can run on solar energy during the day. Batteries can be used to store solar power for the night.
Another investment in green living would be to use rainwater for cleaning, and for watering our gardens. Rainwater is completely free and can be harvested in large quantities.
Many indigenous plants will adapt in their local surroundings and do well in most parts of the country. In South Africa, many of the indigenous plants need very little water to survive. This means that we enjoy a cool, lush garden with little effort on our part. If we choose evergreen trees, our garden is green, even in winter.
A well-planned garden requires less effort in the long term. Local plants are more resistant to local pests. And well-positioned plants give our home shade during the heat of summer.
When it comes to lawn, areas within the garden that don’t receive enough sunlight may wither. Minimal use of grass is recommended, and will thrive when laid down where it will do well all year round.
With a little help from the experts, we could plant a garden that will bring year round comfort.
Examples of low maintenance, eco-friendly materials are:
- Bamboo counter-tops
- Stainless steel
- Face brick and naturally coloured roof tiles
Imagine a home that requires minimum attention. Materials that stand up to wear and tear, and which are easily cleaned are the best to look out for. Along with helping to preserve the environment, making use of such material will leave us with more time and less costs.
And when it comes to eco-awareness, there is no time like the present. As fresh water supplies are being depleted; greenhouse gas emissions and pollution are on the rise, what was once a bountiful Earth is now struggling. These are constructive steps into our future.