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  • Why Wind Power is a Breath of Fresh Air

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    The winds of change are upon us as we re-evaluate the way we consume energy and affect our environment on a daily basis. While solar energy presents an immediate and evident solution to the rising demand for (and cost of) electricity, the answer also lies with another, equally powerful although possibly less popular force of nature; the wind.

    A Bit of History…

    For centuries, the human race has used wind power to aid progress; from the sails of trading ships to the irrigation of crops and the powering of steam locomotives, natural wind power and wind pumps have long played a crucial role in our development. Today, wind turbines are a valuable source of renewable energy, generating clean electrical power without consuming fuel or emitting any air pollution. In today’s threatened environment, that really sounds like a breath of fresh air.

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  • Determine Your Savings with our Energy Efficiency Calculator!

    Everyone is encouraging you to go green and save energy to do your bit for the environment, but the initial overhead costing is so daunting that many people are not considering it as a viable option. The “industry experts” say that the long term savings of converting to alternative energy sources and using environmentally friendly products are worth it, but they provide averages that are not specific to your household or business.

    This is why we at Sustainable.co.za have developed our Sustainable Calculator, which will help you calculate how much money and energy you can save by converting to more energy efficient products.

    You don’t need to install solar panels and wind turbines and take yourself completely off the grid. Simple changes in your household products will go a long way in terms of making sustainable savings on your monthly energy bills. By switching from regular light bulbs and showerheads to more energy efficient LED light bulbs and water saving showerheads, you will experience substantial savings.

    While changing a couple of light bulbs doesn’t seem like it will do much to save energy and money, you’d be amazed by the actual results. This is where the Sustainable Calculator comes in. All you need to do is enter the product types and quantities, as well as the number of hours that you use them each day, and the Calculator will work out your monthly, annual and 10-year savings if you switch to energy efficient products. It will also provide details on the total cost of switching to these products (installation costs for solar water heating kits included), as well as the payback period of your investment.

    Why not try out our Sustainable Calculator to see for yourself how much you can save on your monthly energy bill by making a few simple changes. Many of the energy efficient products that can help you save are sold on our site, making it even easier for you to save money while doing your bit for the environment.

  • A Few of My Favourite Things...

    I’ve decided to take a little break from my Alternative Energy Made Easy series (although expect another great installation soon ) and list some of my favourite products and great deals that have been listed on our site.
  • Become a part of the wind power generation.

    Many of us notice wind power as we pass by wind turbines spinning eagerly on hill tops or on farms. In the past, wind turbines could regularly be spotted in open rural areas, where there was enough space to incorporate wind power into individual’s livelihood. It is slowly becoming evident that wind power has broken out of its area restrictions and now, wind power products are being utilised in residential areas and contributing as a clean, renewable energy source.

    How does wind power work?

    When air moves quickly, causing wind, this movement is known as kinetic energy. Wind power mechanisms capture this kinetic energy and convert it into other forms of energy, in this case electricity, which can be used in the home. When looking at the functioning of a common wind power mechanism – wind turbines – the way in which it works is fairly simple. The force of the wind or kinetic energy moves the blades of the turbine which in turn spins a shaft. The shaft is connected to the main source, the generator and this mechanism converts wind power energy into electricity. Continue reading

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