It's time to be thinking about tax returns again, and once more the search is on for advantages and deductions. According to the Australian Taxation Office, property investors are entitled to a wealth of tax deductions for their investments - knowing what those deductions are and how to claim them can save you from paying more than you should.
This year for National Tree Day, why not plant a tree that will feed and amuse your family and visitors for generations to come? Finger Limes, Blueberries or Peanut Butter: here are some unusual fruit trees that can be grown in your backyard or a tub, depending on the space you have available.
Householders may soon be able to keep real-time track of their electricity usage and remotely switch on and off appliances through their phones, tablets and computers.
The technology, known as Eddy, was developed by CSIRO and is being commercialised by Australian company HabiDapt. It's currently being trialled in Perth and in conjunction with Ergon Energy Retail in regional Queensland.
Residents have been warned again this week that outdoor patio heaters are not suitable for use indoors, no matter how cold the weather gets.
The reminder follows several recent incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning when gas barbecues, charcoal briquette or patio heaters were taken inside for warmth.
Some of life's pleasures include being able to sit on the verandah in the sun sipping a quiet cuppa, gardening without interruption or having friends over for a weekend barbecue. But if you're constantly disturbed by neighbours who are also entertaining, mowing the lawn or who can see straight into your backyard, then it's probably time to start thinking about erecting some privacy screens.