Although a lot of the energy efficiency efforts tend to be focused on saving on electricity bills, you can also save a lot of money on your water bill and save water, too, with only a few simple steps. Many people are wasting water without even knowing it; here are some easy ways to find out if you are among them, and what to do about it.
Exterior lighting for the home is important in many ways, for safety, security or appearance, and there are just as many ways to achieve the effect you want. No longer are your options restricted to a glaring spotlight, or the single bulb at the back door.
Solar lighting is inexpensive to buy, free to use and can be moved around to suit your whim. The available range is ever-expanding, from bollards, lanterns, step and path lights to strings and mobiles. Solar lights turn on automatically at dusk and off at dawn (or before) and give a soft, gentle glow.
Having a pet increases wellbeing and is a great way to get to know the neighbours, a new study has found. Yet pet-friendly rentals are rare as hens' teeth. Should you allow tenants to have pets in your investment property? Let's weigh the benefits.
Associate Professor Lisa Wood from the University of Western Australia's School of Population Health says that a recent survey revealed that people who own pets are more likely to meet people in the neighbourhood, and feel that they can call on them in times of need.
Have you noticed how some suburbs or regions seem to be overly filled with retirees, families or hip young urban professionals? Well, you're not 'seeing things'; a new report released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that different generations do congregate in specific areas around the country.
The report shows that Australia's regional centres — particularly those along the coast — have more Baby Boomers than anywhere else, Generations X & Y can mainly be found in capital cities, while many of the iGeneration live around major educational institutions.
Oil spatters are an inevitable part of cooking, but easy enough to clean up afterwards. Airborne oil particles, on the other hand, are less obvious and over time form a nasty film which is difficult to remove.
The most common areas affected by this problem are the kitchen cabinets, stove vent filter, stove hood. But the tacky coating of gunk also ends up on appliances and other surfaces in the kitchen as the grease is circulated through the air.