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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>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</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. </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? </h4><p>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</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.<br></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>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. </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, and worksheets to help you. Whether you’re a teacher, driver, cook, homeowner, student, an office worker, etc., our resources can help you learn how to include small changes into your life to make a difference.</p><h4> <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><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> </h4><p>Advice and useful tips how to:</p><ul><li>live more sustainably; </li><li>save natural resources;</li><li>save money; and <br></li><li>make your house a safer and better place to live.</li></ul><p>Chapters:</p><ul><li>water;</li><li>waste, <br></li><li>environment;<br></li><li>transport;<br></li><li>energy; and </li><li>heritage.  </li></ul><h4> <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></h4><p>A guide to educate all City fleet drivers on:</p><ul><li>driving responsibly to decrease and avoid accidents;</li><li>increasing driver safety and wellbeing;</li><li>increasing vehicle efficiency;</li><li>enhancing cost effectiveness by decreasing fuel usage and maintenance expenses;</li><li>reducing vehicle carbon emissions.<br></li></ul><p>These have a positive impact on the environment and public health. Monitoring drivers and their vehicles helps to compile data on carbon emissions, fuel savings, and driver safety.</p><h4> <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></h4><p>Innovative concepts for: </p><ul><li>effective cooking techniques; </li><li>wise cooking strategies; and</li><li>taking the environment into consideration while cooking.<br></li></ul><p>Topics covered:</p><ul><li>smart eating;</li><li>alternative cooking methods;</li><li>using an induction stove and smart cooker;</li><li>how to make your own smart cooker and how to use it;</li><li>choosing the right cookware; and</li><li>food and home safety. </li></ul><h4> <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></h4><p>Provides ECDCs with skills on how to complete a smart audit and compile a resource efficiency management plan. It touches on the importance of changing habits, mindsets and decision-making processes.</p><p>It assists ECDCs with:</p><ul><li>managing their centres more sustainably;</li><li>saving money; and</li><li>having a positive environmental impact.</li></ul><p>The audit focuses on:</p><ul><li>energy efficiency;</li><li>waste reduction;</li><li>water conservation;</li><li>composting; and </li><li>food gardens. </li></ul><h4> <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></h4><p>Helps home owners manage their household more sustainably. The audit focuses on:</p><ul><li>energy efficiency;</li><li>waste reduction;</li><li>water conservation;</li><li>biodiversity protection;</li><li>composting; and </li><li>food gardens.</li></ul><h4> <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></h4><p>Free, online course. It includes:</p><ul><li>five lessons;</li><li>five quizzes; and </li><li>a course certificate. </li></ul><p>It is adapted from our Smart Living Audit Guide for your home, and supported by Smart Living Handbook.</p><h4> <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></h4><p>Incorporates greening of events such as meetings, exhibitions, sports events, conferences and more. It looks at socially and environmentally friendly decision making when planning and implementing an event. Event greening is critical because it reduces costs, assists with waste management, water conservation and energy use.</p><h4> <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/ClimateSmart_Teaching.pdf" target="_blank">Climate Smart Teacher's workshops</a></h4><p>The workshops help teachers explain climate change through identifying the Smart Living links in the curriculum and support learning about climate change and sustainability in a fun way.</p><h4> <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Graphics%20and%20educational%20material/Green%20Audit%20Toolkit_Learners%20Booklet_01_2009.pdf" target="_blank">Green (Smart Living) Audit Toolkit for Schools</a></h4><p>Guidance for school management on looking at ways to help them save money and make their schools more sustainable, such as:</p><ul><li>energy efficiency;</li><li>water reduction;</li><li>waste management;<br></li><li>composting;</li><li>food gardens;</li><li>biodiversity; and</li><li>eco-procurement.</li></ul><h4> <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> <br></h4><p>Helps schools evaluate the food items in their tuckshops, and motivates them to buy healthy alternatives. It also inspires learners to make informed decisions regarding their food choices and healthy eating. </p><h4> <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> </h4><p>Helps schools to evaluate the food items in their tuckshops, and motivates them to buy healthy alternatives. It also inspires learners to make informed decision regarding their food choices and healthy eating. </p><h4> <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></h4><p>Supports homestay hotel and Airbnb owners in townships to audit their homes to promote: </p><ul><li>water conservation;</li><li>energy efficiency;</li><li>waste management;</li><li>home gardening;</li><li>composting; and <br></li><li>buying responsibly.</li></ul><h4>Videos:</h4><ul><li> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx7ej2B3sws" target="_blank">Smart Living: What are you doing to live smarter?</a></li><li> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i75Ax4I1EsY" target="_blank">Smart Living: Live smarter to save our planet</a><br></li><li> <a href="https://youtu.be/QM6_s1nvwao" target="_blank">Smart driver skidpan training</a><br></li></ul> <span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Contact us​​​​​​​</h2></span> <p>For information regarding programmes and training manuals, email <em><a href="mailto:Smartliving@capetown.gov.za">Smartliving@capetown.gov.za</a></em></p>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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