Earth Hour 2014

Whale Coast Conservation is bringing a whale of a festival to Fisherman’s Village in Hermanus in celebration of Earth Hour. It will be a day-long festival of education and entertainment that will lead visitors on a journey through education and trade into “Moonlight Avenue”, and a unique “Market by Moonlight”.  The highlight of the whole event will be the hour …

Andy Ridley

Through the kind offices of Mary Faure, Chairperson of Hermanus Tourism, your editor had the privilege of meeting Andy Ridley. You may well ask who he is, as I did. Andy is the person who had the brilliant idea of Earth Hour in Sydney 2007. Andy is a Brit who went to Australia to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, saw …

The Heavyweight Battle: 100W Incandescent vs 10W LED Bulb

The incandescent light bulb has been around for over a century and revolutionised our lives and the way we live! But now we believe that a SERIOUS contender to the 100W Incandescent bulb has arrived – Our New 10W LED Bulb with Samsung LED Chip. The LED Bulb, contains no mercury so is safe, uses only 10 watts of power …

Switching On To Earth Hour 2013

        Every year, around the world, Earth Hour is celebrated on the 23rd of March from 20h30 to 21h30 local time. It serves as a reminder to people everywhere that human activities, especially energy consumption, have a serious impact on the planet, notably our contribution to climate change. This year Hermanus will once again be part of the global …

How Green Is Our House?

Whale Coast Conservation is not just talking green, we have gone green. Our new home on the R43, between Hawston and Vermont, called the Green House, is going green with sustainable off-grid technology.  We have 18 photovoltaic panels that produce most of our electricity, especially on sunny days. In addition there are 3 horizontal axis wind turbines on the roof and …

Report on the Hermanus Flower and Eco Fair

If it’s time for the Flower and Eco Fair, it must be time for foul weather. This year proved no exception. But the hardy folk of Hermanus braved rain and wind to see the magnificent display of fynbos by the Hermanus Botanical Society in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve. The theme for the floral display was the pollinators, and interesting facts …

Home Sweet Lab

Computerized House to Generate as Much Energy as It Uses In a ribbon-cutting ceremony today, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) unveiled a new laboratory designed to demonstrate that a typical-looking suburban home for a family of four can generate as much energy as it uses in a year. Following an initial year-long experiment, the …

Low Cost, High Efficiency Solar Technology Developed

Researchers at RTI International have developed a new solar technology that could make solar energy more affordable, and thus speed-up its market adoption. The RTI solar cells are formed from solutions of semiconductor particles, known as colloidal quantum dots, and can have a power conversion efficiency that is competitive to traditional cells at a fraction of the cost. Solar energy …