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Heating insulation 'encouraged in Cape Town'

Individuals in Cape Town are being urged to install heating insulation to help lower the city's energy consumption.

Sarah Ward, spokeswoman for energy and climate change, told the Times Live that having green solutions fitted in the home can reduce carbon footprints.

She noted that lowering energy use by 25 to 40 per cent could have a substantial impact on household costs, which are set to rise in the coming years.

"From 2010 to 2013 it's likely that your electricity bills will more than double or even triple ... saving electricity is about saving hard-earned rands," Ms Ward advised South Africans.

In order to educate residents on the benefits of features such as heating insulation, solar power and energy efficient showerheads homeowners will be given flyers containing suggestions and tips.

Elsewhere, the country's government is urging people to consider investing in green energy supplies from renewable sources such as wind, waves and the sun.