24 Apr
2014

Have Cane Will Travel

Award-winning comedy writer, Ian Heydon (Kingswood Country, How Green Was My Cactus, The Samuel Pepys Show, The Year My Country Broke) recently took out an unexpected award – for writing about travelling with a disability.

In 2010 Ian was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. That led to the question – what does a writer who has a disability and who loves to travel write about? The answer was pretty obvious. Because Ian uses a cane for mobility assistance, he built a website called Cane & Able Travel and that site won the inaugural Business disAbility Award for Business Innovation in 2012.

Back in 2003, Ian had a travel book on Australia published called The Small Guide to A Big Country (Explore) and he subsequently bought a travel agent’s licence (Small Guide Travel). Much of Ian’s research for that book is still valid. As Ian says, “They haven’t moved the Sydney Opera House or most of Australia’s main attractions, so all I really needed to do was update where necessary and add the accessibility and disability facility information. It’s a bonus that the Small Guide Travel consultants can assist with itinerary advice and bookings.”

When Ian travels these days he uses both a cane and a wheelchair for getting around. “Before my diagnosis with MS I guess I felt a bit of pity when I saw other people in wheelchairs. I didn’t realise that wheelchairs give a person with a disability so much freedom. Mine allows me to get around much better at airports, especially when the boarding gate can be a fair distance from check-in, and it makes art galleries, museums and theatre so much more accessible and enjoyable.”

Ian first took his wheelchair on a trip to Dubai, London and Paris in 2012. While there are websites with attractions and disability information for those destinations in the pipeline, Ian’s first priority is writing about Australia. In late 2012 he visited Cairns and road-tested attractions like Skyrail and Quicksilver’s Great Barrier Reef as well as disabled-friendly accommodation. From this came the destination specific website, Cairns Disabled Travel.

The next cab of the rank was Canberra. According to Ian, Canberra is arguably Australia’s most rewarding destination for travellers with a disability. “There are flights from all other major cities and centres, they have an excellent public transport and wheelchair-assisted taxi system and all the major attractions are accessible, with many of them free. There’s excellent accommodation, terrific restaurants and bars and so much to see and do. It really is a fabulous tourist destination. Sure, after a couple of weeks there might be some thumb twiddling but for a few days away it is fabulous.” Ian visited Canberra in 2011 and 2013 to research accessible accommodation and attractions and the Canberra Disabled Travel website is now live.

Ian has a multi-destination itinerary on the drawing board for all Australian capital cities and major regional centres so you could see him soon in your part of the country. But the Kingswood? No, he won’t be taking the Kingswood!

8 Mar
2014

Power Bill Busting Tips

Are you dreading your next power bill? Starting to worry about how the increases in electricity costs are going to drain your household budget. Well you’re not alone, so here is what you can do to reduce your anxiety and your bills.

Most of the time simple and easy common sense measures can cut hundreds of dollars off your bills just by following the following steps.

Top Ten Ways to Reduce Your Bills FOR FREE

1. Most people do not realise how much electricity a simple light bulb could be adding to the cost of their electricity bills. Turning off lights when you leave a room will make a significant difference.

2. Try to avoid using the clothes dryer, if the weather is bad buy a clothes rank that you can use inside.

3. If going on holidays, turn off your electric hot water system at the meter box to avoid the system constantly heating up water when it’s not being used.

4. If you have a peak smart enabled air conditioner you can connect your air-conditioning unit to Tariff 33 – which provides a guaranteed 18 hours of electricity at tariff 33 rates. You may not be able to turn on the system on during peak times, but this could be a good compromise to still enjoy your heating/cooling system without costing the earth. Energex are currently offering $250 reward for split system (peak smart enabled) and $500 reward for ducted systems (peak smart enabled). To see whether your air conditioner is eligible go to the Energex website.

5. An old inefficient pool pump could be costing you up to $640 annually to run on tariff 11. By connect your pool pump to Tariff 33 (if possible) could save you hundreds off your bill. Energex are currently offering a $250 reward for connecting your pool pump to Tariff 33.

6. Turn off additional refrigerators. Have a good think about how much you really use the other fridge. If it’s only for the occasional party switch it off in-between time or if it is to store extra food think whether you really need to stock pile this much as you could be paying a fortune for “just in case you need it”.

7. When running your air conditioner set the temperature to 23 degrees in Summer, as every degree below this will cost you 10% more in running costs (eg. Running at 20 degrees will cost you 30% more than running it at 23 degrees) Or to save more open windows for ventilation rather than turning on the air conditioner in summer time.

8. Use cold water to wash your clothes. With the many washing detergents available today that are made for cold water washing it makes sense to use these rather using your electricity to heat up the water.

9. Once the weather starts to cool down, remember to close any windows that have been left open, use a throw blanket to snuggle up and keep warm whilst watching TV and get out the ugg boots. . If you do turn on the heater, keep the heat in the room you’re in by closing the door.

10. Using low flow showerheads in your shower usually consume less energy and provide the same amount of comfort.

All these free suggestions will reduce your energy usage and your power bills but they do take self discipline and children are often the worst offenders in leaving everything turned on. So if you don’t want to comprise on life style you can still reduce your bills by purchasing energy saving products such as a solar hot water system, solar power system, led lighting, skylights and monitoring systems. If you’d like to find out more visit www.anyenergy.com.au

23 Apr
2014

How to Soundproof Windows

Acoustic double glazing requires the addition of a secondary glazing layer offset from an existing window, preferably by 100mm. Soundblock offer two solutions to double glaze windows for noise and thermal insulation – Magnetic Acrylic Double Glazing and Acoustic Aluminium Double Glazing. Article body:

What is Window Double Glazing?
Double glazing needs the addition of a secondary glazing layer offset from an existing window optimally by 100mm. Add our acoustic double glazing to your existing windows or specify our solutions on new projects. Double glazed windows reduce noise transfer by up to 70% and reduce heating costs by 35%.

Double Glazing System – Magnetic Acrylic Windows
Magnetic Window Soundproofing System functions very simply by adding a PVC sub frame on the inside of your window. This double glazing system greatly increases noise cancellation. The acrylic window is sealed in place, creating an air space with the existing window, thereby producing an insulating barrier.

Double Glazing System – Acoustic Aluminium Windows
This double glazing system reduces the transfer of noise from outside to inside. These sound proof windows can be specially manufactured to meet specific size requirements. The Soundblock Aluminium Window System is an add on glazing system, creating a double glazed unit to reduce noise transmission through existing windows by up to 70%. In Addition it provides extra security and safety to the property.

How to Soundproof Windows
To successfully soundproof your windows you need to have a sufficient gap between your primary window and the edge of your internal window reveal. Ideally this gap is 100mm. This will allow an acoustic secondary window, either our Soundblock Acrylic Magnetic or Soundblock Aluminium windows, to be installed to effectively provide an overall sound reduction of 40-43db.

Noise reduction and soundproofing solutions
Established in 1999, Soundblock Solutions is a respected privately-owned Australian provider of soundproofing products and solutions. We can help to create a quieter, more comfortable environment in any surroundings, whether it’s in the home, office, marine, restaurants, industrial or hotels.

Representing leading Australian manufacturers of acoustic products, Soundblock offers a extended range of double glazing and window sound insulation and noise control products for commercial and domestic use. We will determine your specific noise problems and supply and install the most effective product or combination of products for your specific situation. Talk to us for expert advice and a comprehensive, cost-effective solution for all of your soundproofing, double glazing, noise control and acoustic requirements.

Soundblock are the experts in noise reduction and have found using window double glazing systems, that noise can be reduced by up to 70% or 41dB. Soundblock offer two solutions to double glaze windows for noise and thermal insulation.

23 Apr
2014

Benefits of selecting Any Energy Company for your solar hot water installation

For over 10 years, Any Energy Company has stood out as the best company when it comes to solar hot water installation and other services. This has helped them be the homeowner’s best choice thus beating many companies that may be offering similar services in the market.

The company offers the best solar hot water systems and that will enable you redefine the looks of your home or business to a new level. Some of the top solar hot water systems that the company offers are;

First, the company sells an Equinox Closed Stainless Steel 330L. It is an electric boosted system of solar hot water. This tank is often mounted above panels that are heated directly by the sun. This means that the hot water is naturally transferred to the tank through thermosyphon and you do not need a pump. Some of the main features include;

  • It reduces energy costs of heating water
  • Has a 330L Lightweight Stainless Tank that is Steel
  • Available in a Silver Prestige or colorbond colours
  • Free upgrade to a high performing excelsior panels
  • Gas boosted options is also available at an additional cost
  • A 10 year warranty on the tank or 7 years on the collectors

They also sell other solar hot water systems such as Equinox Split System Vitreous Enamel 315L, Equinox Split System Stainless Steel 315L and Equinox Split System Evacuated Tube 315L that have more similar features such as the above mentioned solar hot water systems.

What are the benefits of selecting Any Energy Company for your solar hot water installation?

First, the company often offer warranty for the people making purchase from them. This means that you will always be sure that you will get compensation in case of a wrong purchase from the company. This definitely makes them the best company in the market.

The company also offers affordable services for the homeowners who need them. Through this, you will always be in a position to make huge savings on the amount of money you could have spent when acquiring the services and thus making them the best whenever looking for installation options on the market.

The company also operates in many cities ranging from the Brisbane, Redlands, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Nth Brisbane among other cities. This means that whenever you need their services, you will always get them at all the times. In addition, you can always call them whenever you want and you will get the services or installation that you need.

What are the services that Any Energy Company offers?

Sales of solar hot water systems products

The company is specialized in offering some of the modern products that are available at competitive cash prices making it one of the best deals that are available in the market. This means that you will enable you get the best products better than what many other companies may be offering on the market.

Installation services

They have qualified gas fitters, electricians, plumbers and tradesmen who will always ensure that you get the best services that you need. They are also among the members of the CEC Members, Master Plumbers Assn at the same QBSA licensed. This has enabled them gain the needed reputation thus making them people’s choice when looking for these services.

They are also offer solar hot water panels solar and power panels services that make them the best in the city. The company will always give Residential Installations as well as Commercial Installations that you need to redefine the looks of your home. You should always remember that you could always call any time for special offers. Crane Hire If you need professional driver and they will offer you unbelievable car hire services. This has enabled them get some of the best services within the city. Their crane hire services are also affordable better than what other companies often offer for the residents who need the services. You should remember that you could always call for a free quotation before acquiring their services. They will always ensure that you get the remarkable services that you need at all the times. In conclusion, if you want a company that will always stand beside you whenever you need solar hot water installation services and many more, then you should choose the services of Any Energy Company.

22 Apr
2014

Cladding the Queenslander House

Cladding the Queensland house or ‘Queenslander’ with vinyl cladding speaks eloquently of our distinctive lifestyle and is one of the most sensible alternatives to the regular high maintenance of the exterior of our houses whilst also maintaining it’s distinctive character and architectural design.

Queensland has more than one type of housing but a traditional past of building with timber has been dominant. This distinctive tradition originated with rough timber huts of early settlement and developed into the multi-gabled bungalows of the 1930s. Buildings continued until, and were adapted after, the Second World War, leading to more contemporary timber houses.

The most typical early twentieth century Queensland house is characterised by:
• timber construction with corrugated-iron roof;
• highset on timber stumps;
• single-skin cladding for partitions and sometimes external walls;
• verandahs front and/or back, and sometimes the sides;
• decorative features to screen the sun or ventilate the interior.

Some of the negatives for the Queenslander were the high maintenance and poor insulation of the external walls as they were only single skinned and required regular painting. One of the most cost effective ways of rectifying these negatives is to have insulated vinyl cladding install directly over the existing exterior walls. This will leave you with an almost maintenance free exterior that never needs to be painted and also makes the house warmer in winter and helps with cooling costs in the summer.

Vinyl cladding, despite its relatively low price, is an extremely durable product. The colour of vinyl house cladding will last much longer than a cladding option that is painted. The cladding won’t dent like aluminium cladding, and unlike wood cladding, vinyl cladding is resistant to moisture, mould and insects so it won’t rot or deteriorate like wood can over time. In fact, vinyl cladding is one of the most durable options of any type of exterior cladding on the market. Our vinyl wall cladding can withstand extremes in weather including temperature changes and relatively high wind speeds. In fact, our cladding can even withstand cyclonic force winds. The manufacturer of our cladding is so confident in the product they offer an extensive lifetime warranty to back up their claims of how durable the product is.

Keep the character of your Queensland home, reduce maintenance and add insulation.

We offer free quotes for new and old buildings, why not call us today on 1800 684 717 or check out these web sites: Cladding TownsvilleCladding BundabergCladding Ipswich .

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