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Tips for greener living<h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Cape Town's environmental challenges​​​​​​</h2><p> <strong>What are Cape Town’s most urgent environmental challenges?</strong> </p><ul><li>Limited and scarce natural resources and energy supply</li><li>Limited capacity to manage increasing amounts of solid and liquid waste</li><li>Pollution of the city’s air, open spaces, freshwater bodies, and oceans</li><li>Exposure to risks from natural hazards, extreme weather events, and climate change</li><li>The challenge of conserving critically endangered biodiversity, unique natural and cultural landscapes, and an extensive coastline, as well as the services they provide in a growing city</li></ul><span><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Live smarter and greener</h2></span><p><strong>Here are our top tips for living a smarter, greener life, ensuring a healthier future for you and the planet: </strong></p><p>​​​​​​​<strong>Reduce, re-use, recycle</strong><br> Buy only what you need, and before you throw something away, consider whether it can be re-used for some other purpose. We’re running out of space in our landfills, so only dispose of what you need to and recycle the rest.​​</p><p>See <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/Greener-living/Recycling-at-home/Reduce-your-waste">Reduce your waste</a>.</p><p>​​​​​​​<strong>Save water</strong><br> To help save drinking (potable) water, consider reusing your bath and sink water (greywater), harvesting rainwater or installing a borehole or water-well.​​ ​​​​​​​Fit water-efficient showerheads, fix any leaks or dripping taps around your house and make sure your plumbing is working well.​​</p><p> See our<strong> </strong><a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/greener-living/water-wise-in-the-home/saving-water">Saving water </a>page.</p><p>​​​​​​​<strong>Save electricity</strong><br> Keep unused lights turned off and switch off all unused appliances at the wall. When you replace your appliances, consider buying energy-efficient ones. This might cost you upfront but will save you in the long term.​​</p><p>See our <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/Residential-utility-services/Residential-electricity-services/saving-electricity">Saving electricity</a> page.</p><p>​​​​​​​<strong>Travel smartly</strong><br> Use less fuel – walk, cycle, carpool or use public transport. Drive more efficiently or drive a smaller, more efficient car.​​</p><p>See our <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/Transport-and-vehicles/Greener-travel">Greener travel section</a> for more tips.</p><p>​​​​​​​​<strong>Use ‘green energy’</strong><br> Solar is our most abundant and widely available source of ‘clean’ energy. Harness the power of the sun through solar water heaters, solar geysers or rooftop (photovoltaic) panels.​​</p><p>​​​​​​​See our <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/greener-living/saving-electricity-at-home/going-solar">Going solar</a> page.​​</p><p>​​​​​​​<strong>Make your home resource-efficient</strong><br> Use local materials when building your home. Insulate your ceiling and walls well to make your house less prone to temperature fluctuations. Replace hard surfaces with permeable paving on pathways and parking areas to slow down the rate of stormwater runoff.​​<br></p><p>​​​​​​​<strong>Help protect our natural assets</strong><br> Identify and remove <a href="https://www.capetowninvasives.org.za/" target="_blank">invasive alien plants and animals<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> from your garden and plant indigenous instead – this will help encourage and sustain bird life and provide food and homes for other animals.​​</p><p> <strong>​​​​​​​Eat healthily</strong><br> If you can, try to buy organic foods as they’re free of pesticides. <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/greener-living/green-gardening-and-eating/start-a-food-garden">Start a food garden</a> and grow your own healthy fruit and vegetables. Eat foods in season as imported foods have a high carbon footprint, or <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/greener-living/green-gardening-and-eating/start-composting-at-home">start a compost heap</a> or worm bin.​</p>GP0|#7c16db3b-ebfb-4e96-8486-a0b6727a2180;L0|#07c16db3b-ebfb-4e96-8486-a0b6727a2180|Tips for better living;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GPP|#fd14169b-2553-46d9-8c82-378f4b6a2b98;GPP|#39d66b11-2134-4df5-8360-0bc5e66e8f4f;GPP|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711Everyday there are choices we can make that will help us live smarter, greener lives. Read about our top tips for Greener Living.

 

 

 

 

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