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  • Air conditioning may be the last thing on your mind, as winter is fast approaching. Most of us are battening down the hatches, thinking about heating, sealing drafts, buying hot water bottles, blankets, putting in installation and starting to pull out those winter clothes we’ve stashed away. If you are a regular reader of my…

  • There’s no getting around the importance of windows. As well as serving a vital practical purpose, these features can dramatically enhance the look and feel of your home. If you think you’ve been neglecting these parts of your property, take a look at the following design tips. They should help to ensure your glazing makes…

  • There’s no getting around the importance of windows. As well as serving a vital practical purpose, these features can dramatically enhance the look and feel of your home. If you think you’ve been neglecting these parts of your property, take a look at the following design tips. They should help to ensure your glazing makes…

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    Save big on energy with solar panels

    by Penina
    by Penina

    I’m not impressed with my electricity bills lately. Despite our family’s best efforts at keeping utility bills down, they still seem high to me. I am implementing many of the cost-saving measures in my cheat sheet 130 easy ways to save on electricity and gas and including all of the following: You can use energy efficient lighting…

  • Certain living areas make energy efficiency more difficult to achieve than others. For example, if you live in a suburb surrounded by tall trees, cooling the house down is achieved simply by closing the doors and shutting the blinds. Living in more arid surroundings without proper ventilation, on the other hand, might prove more challenging…

  • I love winter for many reasons but not for my electricity bill. Since I am a ‘creature comforts’ type I cosy up in my Uggies, dressing gown and beanie. This year – due to ‘the renovation’ and subsequent lack of heating at my place, by 7pm most nights I’m perched on the couch, cuddling kids…

  • We are renovating at the moment so I am here to proclaim that I’ve got a big list to get through before hubby and I can call our home the dream home we intend it to be. But to those who may not be renovating, a simple Wouldn’t it be great if everything just worked…

  • As seen on TV, El Niño is starting to show stringent impact in some countries earlier than expected in terms of water conservation. Agricultural industries are now facing heavy pressures in production due to water system failures which also lead to early harvests. Some residential areas are, likewise, battling water restriction (limiting the watering of…