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7 ways to make your home more energy efficient.

With electricity bill increases sky-rocketing every year in South Africa, it has never been more important to make your home energy efficient. In the last three years alone, electricity costs have gone up by 25%. Not only are the rates incredibly high, but with the current COVID-19 regulations and personal preventative measures – something that will not change anytime soon – more and more of us are working from home. Meaning that no longer are companies covering the electricity bill for our working hours, now we do so ourselves.

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