At this time of the year we are amazed that every time we get another electricity or gas bill in the mail it just seems to get higher. But the question we should be asking is how can I make the next one lower?
It is possible to maintain a good level of comfort in your home while decreasing you power bill. Some small and mostly unnoticeable changes will make a difference:
Water heating is one of the largest power or gas users
Stop your heat escaping
Know your appliances
Today is the first day of Spring!
The season for new beginnings, sowing seeds and giving our homes some extra TLC (Tender, love, and cleaning).
Check out some of our favourite tips and affordable ideas to help you give your home a revamp this Spring.
Spring cleaning 10 Commandments
1. Get rid of things you will use 'one day'
2. Do you really need two of those?
3. If you haven't touched it in a year, throw it!
4. Could you use this space for something else?
5. Will Grandma really notice if that ugly gifted ornament 'disappeared'...
6. If you don't need it, donate it!
7. If it's not used but valuable, sell it.
8. Digitise archives
9. Don't keep items you wouldn't buy today
10. Don't hold onto broken items that you'll fix 'someday'.
Redecorating our homes can be a costly task but fear not, we have found some affordable trends stocked in your local Kmart.
It's time to put the Winter sheets away for another year and brighten
up your bedroom with fresh and lighter colours.
Tired of bringing out mismatched dining wear at the dinner parties?
Kmart have stylish designs to suit every taste.
Add some subtle colour into your bathroom with these printed towels and natural-look storage ideas.
Here are our favourite veges to fill the garden with in Spring!
First, you must prepare your soil by adding compost and getting rid of any weeds and sprinkle slug and snail pellets throughout the garden to protect your seedlings.
New Zealand weather can be unpredictable, so I like to grow my seedlings inside before transferring them into the garden.
Egg trays work wonderfully for growing your seedlings!
Sow and grow these vegetables this season.
Beans, capsicums, courgettes, cucumbers, eggplants, sweetcorn, tomatoes and basil under glass or outside in frostfree areas; broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflowers, celery, lettuces, mesclun, mizuna, radishes, rocket, spinach and silverbeet outside.
Crops to plant later in spring when it’s really warming up and there is no longer the threat of late frosts include tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes and capsicums.
Source: http://www.tuigarden.co.nz/ have more great tips and guides.