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Walking the Talk - Onwards to 100% Renewable Energy

If we are going to create change and convince the people to move away from fossil fuels, we need to act locally. As a energy campaigner with Greenpeace, I have to make sure that We Walk the Talk.

Right from my post graduation days, I have been a strong advocate of using and implementing Renewable Energy. In Greenpeace, we lobby with governments locally and globally to shift towards a 100 % renewable energy for the benefit of the planet and all of us.

We recently moved our offices to Randburg and as part of the move we wanted to go carbon neutral on our energy consumption. Being the energy expert, I took lead on the project and one of very first step is monitoring your energy needs and consumption pattern. As an office space, most of our daytime energy needs come from workplace lighting, having close to 480 tube lights that is a lot of “$$$”. So the first investment we made was to retro fit all our existing light’s to LED’s. This saved close to 50% of our energy due to lighting. Not just the energy , we also had a good 40% jump in our light output (lux levels)

These LED lights come with a 5 year warranty, as you can see from the images light intensity has gone up. From my perspective, the LED retrofit is definitely a rewarding investment which will give you returns right from day one both in terms of energy savings = $ saved and increased light output = happy employees. Who ever is looking to reduce your electricity bill I would recommend to start off LED retrofits both for  commercial and household purposes. So the first step, is now complete. To know more about what I did for “walking the talk” keeping watching this space.

By Anand Prabu Pathanjali
Climate and energy Campaigner
Greenpeace Africa

 

 

 

 

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