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  • Winter Can Wait!

    With summer now little more than a distant memory and the nights already starting to draw in, let us help you keep warm this Autumn by enjoying a comfortable green lifestyle and saving money at the same time. Our motto at Sustainable.co.za is "Buy once, buy well", and we have so many great products available that you will be coming back for more.

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  • Off-grid living is easier than you think.

    Many people aspire to becoming totally self-sufficient and living off-grid but feel that it is impossible due to the technology involved and the financial implications, but we are here to tell you that going off the grid is easier than you think, if you put the time in.

    Like anything desirable, achieving aspirations take time and dedication. Due to the fact that we have more than 15 years of experience, we have listed our top tips on how to go to make a smooth transition to going off-grid.

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  • Let us put the Spring back into your Step this Season

    Let us put a Spring in your step.

    Spring is, simply put, the reawakening from the slumber of Winter. Cold weather and dark days start turning around. Birds can be heard twittering harmoniously as the dawn breaks earlier and earlier. This is much to the enjoyment and pleasure of most.

    Renewal, Rejuvenation and Revitalisation

    At Sustainable.co.za we have decided to focus the start of the lighter, warmer months on the theme of the renewal, revitalisation and rejuvenation of your lifestyle and the life of the planet.

    Our team have spent many hours putting together fantastic, well packaged Spring Kits. From eco-friendly cleaning products to the perfect water-saving hampers and Braai Day packages and more. We will also be running the biggest competition we have had to date. Read on to find out more.

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  • Load Shedding - Don't be left in the dark

    Load Shedding - Don't be left in the dark again.

    Is Load Shedding back? Are we forever waiting for another run of stage 1, 2 and 3bs? Whenever there is a power cut, many of us wait with bated breath for the dreaded announcement. For some South Africans, load shedding has never stopped. After another scare a few weeks ago, we at Sustainable.co.za have decided to write a guide on how to prepare yourself for power cuts. From small cost effective solutions, to larger, long term applications, we have ensured that we have it all.

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  • Tips to winter-proof your home

    Is it possible to save money running your household during winter? It is, and here are a few tips to make your home more eco-friendly and save money at the same time!

    Use existing insulation
    As soon as the sun begins setting, close curtains and blinds to keep warmth inside bedrooms and living spaces. It will mean your interior stays warmer for longer and will mean switching heaters on only if essential.

    Replace and switch off
    Replace all light bulbs with LED. Turn off lights, plugs and especially electric blankets and heaters when not using them. Just these few things can reduce your home’s electricity consumption by 15%.

    Lose 1 degree Celsius
    While going solar is ideal, turning your geyser down by 1 degree and switching it off during the middle of the day can make a difference. This can provide estimated savings of R100 a week on your electricity bill. Take it further and investigate using geyser blankets and timer switchers.

    Get a Spindel
    Doing laundry in winter is very costly if you are using a tumble dryer, so rather use a Spindel. It’s an innovative dryer that uses spin power instead of heat to remove up to 80% of the leftover moisture from clothes in just three minutes. Laundry dries in a fraction of the time and it uses 100 times less electricity than tumble drying. Spindel is also safe for all fabrics – perfect for those winter woollens and hand washed delicates.

  • Lovely Lighting for a Sustainable Winter Garden

    Winter’s creeping in, which means it’s getting darker earlier now, and despite popular belief, solar lighting is just as effective during these darker months. It’s time to start thinking about how to light up your garden and home without the added expense. Switch those old light bulbs to LEDs or capture, store and use the energy of the sun to save money and electricity. When it comes to the garden, you don’t have to skimp on investing in lighting - there are a number of beautiful outdoor lights on the market that will lessen the energy consumption of the electricity-hungry winter home. Here are our favourite outdoor lights:

    1. FL waterproof strip light

    LED strip lights create a beautiful ambiance in the home and garden.  FL’s waterproof strip lights are flexible and can be stuck on top of or tucked under surfaces, making them ideal for illuminating outdoor entertainment areas, stairs, bar counters, decking or garden features. These lights come in white, red, green and blue in rolls of 5m. The power supply is sold separately.

    2. Sun Jars

    Sun Jars are extremely popular because they can be moved around the garden and home to highlight certain spaces and are great for camping and parties. Sun Jars automatically switch on after dark and have a watertight seal, so your Sun Jar can be left outside in wet weather. In times of prolonged bad weather, you can remove the light’s battery and charge it in a normal battery charger. These lovely lamps are offered in a range of colours including white, pink, blue, orange, and in a 7 colour sequencer, and add colour to a dormant winter garden.

    3. Mooni Cornet hanging solar lights

    The design of Mooni’s Cornet hanging solar lights is inspired by the Swedish tradition of making paper decorations. These lights are an elegant option to any home garden – hang them against the wall or in a tree and receive long lasting light. At the moment these LED solar lights are only available in white. These light are versatile and work especially well for lighting up entertaining areas.

    4. Mooni Cornet standing solar lights

    If you don’t have a lot of hanging space in your home, or would like to specifically light up flower beds or pathways, Mooni also manufactures a standing version of its Cornet lights. These lights can easily be removed at any stage if you would like to work on your flower beds or if you would like to shift your garden’s focal point. There’s no need to stumble around the garden in the darkness!

    5. Nokero N200 solar bulb

    These cute light bulbs by Nokero contain four wide-angle LED lights and are designed specifically to be mobile and easy to use. The size and light coverage of a Nokero N200 solar bulb makes for an ideal household, camping or emergency light, safeguarding your lighting requirements during Eskom power cuts. The Nokero N200 solar bulb is one of the most economical solar lights on the market.

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    6. miSolar The Courtyard Light Solar Light

    Designed to fit on top of a standard 60mm pole, the miSolar Courtyard Light has an appealing design with its battery box snugly fitted behind its solar panel. All steel work is fabricated from high grade galvanized steel and epoxy coated to give the unit a long life span. The unit will switch on at dusk and can be set from 1 hour to 15 hours (or dawn).

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    7. Elbro Slim-line Power Spotlight

    Elbro’s Slim-line 10W Power Spotlight is a reliable wide area LED spotlight, ideal for the security-concerned home owner. The light has a warranty of 3 years and is also ideal for commercial and industrial use or at sporting events. Browse our entire range of LED spotlights and floodlights to find the perfect option for your home.

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    How well do solar lights work during winter?

    Many people are under the impression that solar lights don’t work well in the winter. Days are shorter, which means that there is less time for solar panels to pick up sunlight, and since nights are longer, more light is needed for a longer period of time. However, this is a misapprehension - solar powered light can be very effective throughout winter. According to the solar experts at Sustainable.o.za, the energy yield of solar panels is better on cool sunny days. Solar panels cannot overheat from charging, but would generate less of a charge when exposed to high temperatures. Cloud cover will reduce yield, but it won’t stop power generation. Overall a 15% reduced yield may be expected with full cloud cover. Here are the team at Sustainable.co.za’s tips for buying solar lights to use in the winter:

    • Invest in good quality solar lights. Cheaper solar powered lights cannot convert as much sunlight into energy.
    • Make sure you place your solar light in the best place, with the panel facing the sun. If there are obstacles in the way, you may find that it is not picking up as much sunlight as it could. Winter months mean more shade and shadows, so angle the panel directly towards the midday sun.
    • Get creative! There are a range of colours and lighting options available. Make your home stand out.

    We hope that this article has inspired you towards creating a beautiful and sustainable garden and home environment.

  • Fun in the Sun this Festive Season

    The festive season is nearly upon us. Luckily here in South Africa we can enjoy a lovely, warm, sunny Christmas. To take advantage of this great weather, what’s better than having a Christmas braai? Here are some tips to really enjoy your patio and pool in an environmentally friendly way.

    Why Energy Efficient Lighting?

    You can create a fantastical land in your backyard while keeping your family safe with Sustainable.co.za’s range of energy efficient lighting options. Our price range is diverse enough to fit any budget and any need. LED and Solar fairy lights can capture the imagination of your friends and loved ones, while providing quite a few benefits. They may cost more than your average 60W bulb but are definitely worth the investment.

    LED Fairy lights

    LED lighting options have proven to be a better option than standard lighting. Firstly, they are energy efficient; the fact that they produce more light per watt than incandescent bulbs means you save on the cost of buying regular lighting in the long run.  Secondly, they last longer than incandescent lights, so you can use the fairy lights for quite a few festive seasons. They are also more durable and robust than conventional light bulbs, so they can survive any boy’s imagination (or lack thereof). They operate at a lower temperature, which translates to less energy wasted through heat, and can save you a pretty penny on your electric bill. Finally, they don’t contain the toxins that are usually present in incandescent bulbs, such as mercury. Unfortunately, this means that any dreams of becoming a superhero after exposure to harmful chemicals are thwarted. We at Sustainable.co.za like you just the way you are.

    Solar lighting can make a great alternative to LED lights while still reaping the benefits.solar colour fairylights In order for the solar fairy lights to remain enchanting all night, the solar panel will need about 6 hours of charge a day. There are 50 lights per string and the string is about 5m long. They are also rather versatile. You can mount the panel in the garden with the spike, or directly to a vertical surface. And then there’s the qualifying factor that makes them true fairy lights, which is that they can be in either blinkable or non-blinkable mode.

     

     

     

     

     

    Daymaker: Solar Flood Lights

    Keeping your family and loved ones safe is top priority while having fun. The best way to do that, while still enjoying your garden, is by investing in flood lights. All Sustainable.co.za’s lighting options are energy efficient, allowing you to enjoy your garden while saving you money in the long run.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    consol solar jar

    For those intimate festive evenings, we suggest our solar consol jars. Their soft, warm light, which is safely housed in a beautiful 1-litre Consol Classic preserve jar, can create the perfect romantic atmosphere. It is literally bottled sunshine. The LED lights are powered by sunlight which is harnessed through solar paneling fitted on the lid.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Badu Solar pool pump

     

    It is statistically proven that the rate of belly-flops increase during our summery festive season. In order to ensure that they take place in clean pools that also take advantage of the abundance of energy from the sun, it would be a good idea to invest in one of the solar pool pumps.

    Standard electrical pool pumps generally wreak havoc on your electricity bill and should be replaced as soon as possible. We now have a comprehensive solution for your pool of up to 60 000 litres. Sustainable.co.za’s solar powered pool pumps are easy to install and packaged for your convenience – they also have a lifespan of approximately 20 years and require virtually no maintenance. We have a wide range of pumps, all innovatively engineered, to suit your budget and save you money in the long run. Because not all solar pool pumps are created equal; before you buy one, make sure you have considered your pool’s needs.

     

     

     

     

    Amongst the hustle and bustle of this modern age, the moments we share with all our family and loved ones are too few and far between. At Sustainable.co.za, our ultimate goal is for those rare, cherished moments to be even more memorable. We hope you have a very merry festive season of sustainability with all your loved ones.

     

     


  • Tinsel Time: Top Tips for Celebrating a Green Christmas

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    Advent calendars are lining supermarket shelves, end-of-year functions are looming closer and the frenzy that is the festive season is just around the corner. Traditionally, this period is all about giving, but why not make this year about taking? That is, taking the right steps towards celebrating a green Christmas.

    Tree Time

    The Christmas tree is perhaps the most iconic symbol of the Christmas period. Going green, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to plant a piece of foliage in your living room for a few weeks. You can use recycled materials, cardboard etc. to fashion a work of art, under which Santa can deliver your behaviour-dependent rewards. Continue reading

  • Renovation Nation – A must See Program on DSTV

    As far as “Going Green” TV Shows go, “Renovation Nation” which airs on The Home Channel on DSTV everyday between 4pm - 5pm, is a must-see reality show for all eco-minded enthusiasts around South Africa. Although the show is based in America and focuses very much on green living in The States, us South Africans can learn a lot about how other countries around the world are going green, and never mind all the valuable tips and green ideas that are shared on Renovation Nation – tips that you and I can use in our own homes here in the Southern hemisphere. Continue reading

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