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Posted by Angela on 05 Mar 2010 | Tagged as: Eco General
Friday, March 5th, 2010
After Eskom’s announcement, electricity is fast becoming something of a luxury. Nowadays more and more people are turning to Solar Power. Although this alternative may seem costly at first (especially if you want to completely remove yourself from Eskom), harnessing the sun’s energy (which is certainly abundant in Sunny South Africa) will definitely pay off in the long run.
If you do not have the finances to become completely independent of Eskom, you can slowly build up your home solar power system by buying smaller (and thus cheaper) solar panels each month. Each panel you buy can run a selection of electrical appliances in your home, effectively cutting your electricity costs each month. (more…)
Posted by Angela on 16 Feb 2010 | Tagged as: Eco General
Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
I don’t know about you, but when I need to just get away from it all, I go camping. There’s just something so primal about roughing it in the great outdoors.
Of course, not all of us like to go without a few modern amenities, so I’ve decided to list my top three favourite items.
- Solar lights are great and extremely practical. Particularly the garden lantern and insect repellant. You can hang this light up in a tree, it absorbs the sun all day and automatically turns on when it’s dark and turns off when it’s light. You also have the option of manually switching it off. Another plus is that it eliminates mosquitoes and other flying bugs. Other great items in this category include the Solar LED keyring, or for those of you who prefer more light on the subject, the Dynamo Powered Flashlight. This is a great investment as it is incredibly durable and you don’t need any batteries (I’m not a huge fan of batteries as they often don’t last long and can be quite expensive to replace).
- Solar and Eco Cookers are a great alternative way to cook when camping. They are environmentally friendly and easy to use. They also have the added bonus of keeping your food warm.
- Water distillers are also a good idea, as one never quite knows what the water is like in other areas (especially up country where the water tends to be brown).
Hope this helps for those of you who enjoy living in a tent for a few days. Please feel free to comment or ask more questions about these items. Camp well