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Winter has arrived in Summer-loving South Africa, and that means the days are darker, the nights are colder and the electricity bills start creeping skyward.

At

Sustainable.co.za

, we are all about improving lifestyles the green way, not only through energy efficiency but by saving you some cash for a rainy day adventure.

Let there be Light

The fact of the matter is that the nights last longer in the cold months, so lighting is imperative in keeping things cosy. Simply replace your lights with their

LED counterparts

and they can burn all night while still using a fraction of the power used by incandescent

bulbs

in the evenings.

Some people are concerned by the quality of the light but fear not, we have a wide range of

LED lights

available in

warm

, natural and

cool white

, catering to all tastes. Our

Solar Lights

are also great for outdoor use, whether you crave the

ambiance of outdoor lighting

or have them installed for

safety reasons

, we have what you need.

Snuggling up

It is very easy to reach for the aircon or electric heater/ blanket when the days are cold but we have some alternative solutions that will warm your cockles.

If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace, rather opt for a roaring fire over an electrical heater or aircon. Anything that generates heat uses a lot of power so the environment and your pocket will feel the expense. We have fantastic

eco-logs

and

firelighters

available. Our

eco-logs

burn longer and hotter and create minimal smoke and our

firelighters

don’t smell at all because, you guessed it, zero parrafin! Best of all, our prices match standard

bags of wood

and

firelighters


that can be purchased at retail shops so it’s a win-win kind of deal.

To beat the cold in bed, pile up on the blankets, or put a hot water bottle in the bed for a few hours before you go to sleep at night.

Keep things Steamy


Geysers

struggle in Winter and become less efficient due to the cold. Keep your

geyser

happy by wrapping it in a

blanket

and

pipe insulation

and greatly reduce heat loss.

Gas geysers

are also a great alternative to standard electrical

geysers

and can be great back-up for

off-grid homes

. For those that do not like

wasting water

, the

Dafi Instant Water Heaters

are a great way to

save on water

by reducing the time it takes for the water to heat up. This also allows you to switch your

geyser

off and

save on electricity

. Why not install an

Efergy Electricity Monitor

so you can watch all your savings?

Warm Winter Fare

In many households across South Africa, the aunties start gearing up for Winter by hauling out their secret stew and curry recipes and spend all day

cooking

for the family. Keep

aunty (and your bank manager) happy by investing in a

gas stove

. For those who enjoy slow cooking, the

hot box

and

hot bag

can keep the pots hot all day long without using a stitch of electricity. Simply bring the food to the boil and pop it in. It couldn’t be simpler. On a personal note, my mom swears by the

Eco Zoom

. It takes much quicker to cook a rice on this fantastic

little wood burner

than it does on a conventional stove.

Our Sustainable Promise

Not only do we promise to keep you up to date with the

latest and greatest products

that will improve your lifestyle and the future of this planet, but we also always ensure that we have a little something extra to offer. For the first time, we will be running a competition where you can choose your prize.

Read more about it here.

Father’s Day is also in June so we have put a

spotlight on our green dads

and will be running a giveaway on our

social


media


pages

so keep an eye out!

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” -John Steinbeck

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