Recently published Articles by Tiptoe
It is time to say good bye
There is a love affair that most people have with the familiar incandescent light bulb. Also known as the tungsten, it delights us with its cosy agreeable light and atmosphere, soft on the eye, warm on the heart. We love it, but have never realized until we might lose it. With this traditional light bulb we know what to expect, we know where to use it and don't mind buying one at an inexpensive R4.50. Apart from this, what else does it really do for us?
What does it take to be green?
By now, we all have read stacks of environmental articles, received plenty of earth friendly newsletters, joined social green networks, been to numerous gatherings and discussions on green awareness and environmental care. We are informed, we are aware – but how green are we really? What makes us green?
Let the sunshine in!
Using what is natural, healthy and for free should be first aim when we intend to green our life styles. Wind sun and rain water are such resources. These three sustainable assets can be harvested with sometimes small yet clever tricks, at other times with more elaborate and costly measures. But once implemented they all have one thing in common: zero pollution and of course long lasting savings. Residential lighting is considered an energy hungry area: 6% of world-wide energy consumption is allocated to light private homes.
Keep warm in winter
Keeping warm with clothes is one option, the other is to warm your house. Just how cold and draughty a home can be, we all have felt when we needed warmth the most: the day of an oncoming flu or cold. How can we "avoid that our house catches a cold" clocking up not medical bills but electricity bills? Over the last decades, the natural recipe to feel snug and warm during winter in our own four walls has somewhat been forgotten.
Oprah Magazine: Make me a 10!
Like many mothers raising the next
generation, Debbie Castle feels increasingly
invested in the future of
the planet. Her interest in environmental
affairs has grown as she has
embraced her role of mother to Ella,
5, and Rachel, 8, and she finds joy in
acts of kindness to the Earth…