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Smart Living<h2 class="sectHeading">What does smarter living mean?</h2><p>Every time you make a decision to do certain things, such as switch on a light, drive your car, run a bath, buy a specific product, etc., you make a decision that has an impact on the environment. </p><p>Our natural resources, water, oil, fresh air, coal, seafood, will run out if we use them faster than they can replenish themselves.</p><p>To make sure there are enough resources for all of us, including future generations, we need to manage our resources well, and use what we already have efficiently, fairly and sustainably. </p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info remember">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>did you know?</h4><p> <span>It takes about 75 kg of resources (coal, oil and water) to produce one cellphone; one toothbrush needs 1,5 kg of resources to produce. By buying durable and reusable products instead of disposable items, we can start reducing the waste we create</span> </p></div></div> </span> <h2 class="sectHeading">Small choices, collective change</h2><p>Many of us want to make good choices when it comes to managing our homes, our office, our health, our safety and our pocket, and we also want our choices to have a positive impact on the environment. By taking action in our daily lives, we can create better habits. However, it can be overwhelming to know where to start.</p><p>Our  <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/CCT_Smart_Living_Handbook.pdf" target="_blank">Smart Living Handbook </a>and additional resources offer practical guidance on what you can do to: </p><ul><li>save money;</li><li>protect the environment; and </li><li>make your home and office a safer place to live in. <br> </li></ul><p>Together, all of our small daily decisions can make a difference. </p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info remember">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Did you know? <br> </h4><p> <b></b> <span>The distance between where food has grown (the field) to where it's eaten (the plate) is called food miles. The shorter the distance food travels by truck, train or plane, the less fuel is used. Buying food that is grown and made locally is better for the environment than imported goods</span> </p></div></div> </span> <p>Some examples of things you can do today, that will help make a difference:</p><ul><li>Switch off appliances when they’re not in use;</li><li>Use energy-efficient light bulbs;</li><li>Close the tap when brushing your teeth;</li><li>Use an induction or gas stove, if you are able;</li><li>Walk short distances instead of driving;</li><li>Boil only the amount of water you need in your kettle;</li><li>Set your geyser to between 55 and 60 degrees Celsius;</li><li>Seal gaps around doors and windows to keep out the cold air;</li><li>Find and fix any water leaks on your property;</li><li>Collect and reuse water from the tap/shower while waiting for it to heat up or cool down;</li><li>Recycle glass or plastic bottles, jars, containers, bags, cans, etc.;</li><li>Start composting at home.</li></ul> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy light-blue bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info fastfact">​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Fast fact​</h4><p> <b></b> <span>It's important to buy the right light bulb. Make sure you buy the most energy-efficient bulb and remember: If the light gets very hot, it's using more energy and costing you more money</span>. <br> </p></div></div> </span> <h2 class="sectHeading">Where can you start?</h2><p>Why not try using our  <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/Smart_Living_Audit_Guide_for_Your_Home.pdf" target="_blank">Smart Living Audit Guide for Your Home</a>? You’ll find many more tips to help you in each area of your home.  </p><p>You’ll also be able to do an audit of your home, to give you a snapshot of the current situation, and give yourself points for how well you’re doing. The guide comes with some questions for you to answer, which will help compile an action plan for the changes and savings that can be made.</p><h2 class="sectHeading">Smart living resources</h2><p>We have a number of books, training manuals, programmes, worksheets to help you. Whether you’re a teacher, driver, cook, homeowner, student, an office worker, etc., we have the resource to help you learn how to include small changes into your life to make a difference.</p><ul><li> <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/CCT_Smart_Living_Handbook.pdf" target="_blank">Smart Living Handbook</a> </li><li> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Work%20and%20business/Greener-business/Saving-electricity-in-the-workplace/Make-your-office-smarter">Smart Office Handbook </a> </li><li> <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/Smart_Driving_Programme_Training_Manual.pdf" target="_blank">Smart Driving Training Manual</a> </li><li> <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/Smart_Cooking_and_Home_Safety_Guide%20.pdf" target="_blank">Smart Cooking and Safety in the Home</a> </li><li> <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/Smart_Living_Audit_Guide_for_Your_ECD_Centres.pdf" target="_blank">Smart Living Audit Guide for Early Childhood Development Centres</a> </li><li> <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/Smart_Living_Audit_Guide_for_Your_Home.pdf" target="_blank">Smart Living Audit Guide for your Home</a> </li><li> <a href="https://learnwithicleiafrica.org/courses/smart-home-a-guide-to-making-your-home-more-sustainable/" target="_blank">Smart home online course: A beginner’s guide to making your home more sustainable</a> </li><li> <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/CCT_Smart_Events_Handbook.pdf" target="_blank">Smart Events Handbook</a> </li><li> <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/ClimateSmart_Teaching.pdf" target="_blank">Climate Smart Teacher's workshop</a> </li><li> <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Graphics%20and%20educational%20material/Green%20Audit%20Toolkit_Learners%20Booklet_01_2009.pdf" target="_blank">Green Audit Toolkit</a> </li><li> <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/Smart%20Eating_1_Educators_Guide_2010-06.pdf" target="_blank">Smart Audit Toolkit for Schools</a> </li><li> <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Graphics%20and%20educational%20material/Smart%20Eating_2_Learners_Booklet_2010-06.pdf" target="_blank">Smart Eating Guide for Learners</a> </li><li> <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/Smart%20Eating_1_Educators_Guide_2010-06.pdf" target="_blank">Smart Eating Guide for educators</a> </li><li> <a href="https://www.capetownfutureenergyfestival.co.za/smartcitykids" target="_blank">Smart City Kids puppet/claymation series</a> </li><li> <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/Smart%20Living_Langa_HomeStay_Smart_Guide.pdf" target="_blank">Langa Quarter Homestay Smart Living Guide</a> </li></ul><h2 class="sectHeading">Contact us</h2><p>For information regarding programmes and training manuals, please email  <em> <a>Smartliving@capetown.gov.za</a> </em> </p><br>GP0|#3e342324-6047-4a1a-873a-a963f87511d3;L0|#03e342324-6047-4a1a-873a-a963f87511d3|Smart living;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GPP|#fd14169b-2553-46d9-8c82-378f4b6a2b98;GPP|#39d66b11-2134-4df5-8360-0bc5e66e8f4f;GPP|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711Find out more on practical ways to live and work sustainably.0

 

 

 

 

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