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1. One recycled tin can save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.

2. One recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.

3. One recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours.

4. 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.

5. Glass is 100% recyclable and can be used again and again.

6. Glass that is thrown away and ends up in landfills will never decompose.

7. Plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose.

8. It takes 24 trees to make 1 ton of newspaper.

9. Recycled paper produces 73% less air pollution than if it was made from raw materials.

10. The unreleased energy contained in the average dustbin each year could power a television for 5,000 hours.

11. Light bulbs, sheet glass, mirrors and Pyrex can be recycled, but should be stored separately as they are made of a different kind of glass

(DATA SOURCE: http://www.recycling-guide.org.uk/facts.html)

1. Switch off lights, fans, computers and other energy consuming appliances when you leave the room.

2. Use energy saving light bulbs. They last much longer and use less electricity and this saves you money in the long run. Switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL's) can cut your power consumption by anything from 25% to 40%.

3. Use low-energy lamps in outdoor and garden lamps

4. Reduce your electricity bill by doing all your ironing at the same time.

5. Turn off all stand-by modes every time you leave the house and before going to bed.

6. Close the windows and doors when the heater is on and save money!

7. Close the windows and doors when the air conditioner is on and save money and energy!

8. Try to boil only the water you need instead of boiling a full pot or kettle every time.

9. Electricity is good for electronic devices but gas is more efficient for heating and cooking.

10. Save water and electricity by washing your bed linen at 60 degrees instead of 90 degrees, it will still be clean!

11. Check you electricity or gas meter at regular intervals and take a keen interest in your energy consumption level.

12. Install a geyser blanket and an additional layer of insulation to all hot water steel pipes so that less electricity will be needed to keep your water hot.

13. Always switch your geyser off when going on holiday.

14. Ensure your geyser temperature is 60 degrees Celsius rather than 70 degrees Celsius.

15. Shower instead of bathing.

16. Insulate the ceiling and seal air gaps to keep the home warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

17. Switch off all appliances at the wall when they are not in use as they draw power all the time that they are plugged in.

18. Dishwashers use energy efficiently - make sure the load is full before washing.

(DATA SOURCE: http://www.capegateway.gov.za)

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