Family sets out to green their home

The Ngwenana family with the help of the Green Building Council of South Africa have begun on a journey to green their home, to showcase how South Africans can save money and the planet by making changes in their own homes.

When the project first started the family undertook in an eco-audit to find out how much electricty and water the use on a daily basis. The second month saw the family take the information from the eco-audit and make no cost changes in their daily energy consumption habits. 

Now heading into their third month the family is planning on making bigger retrofits to their property by installing eco friendly gadgets from top to bottom.

Some of the changes the Ngwenana’s have undertaken are:

 - taking shorter showers;
- separating recyclable items from their garbage;
- accurate meters for water and electricity consumption;
- energy-efficient appliances like stoves or washing machines;
- LED-lights throughout the house and;
- solar panels to provide the bulk of electricity.

As South Africans we rely heavily on electricity supplied from coal and as the winter months lie ahead our demand will certainly increase. This extra demand on the system will bring to the forefront the pressing issue of finding sustainable and affordable sources of electricity.

This project aims to show every South African how little changes can save us money while saving our precious resources.

You can take part in this project by visitng and also follow the Ngwenana’s journet.

Take a look at the video below for more on the family and the project

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