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Save on Winter Warming




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

  • Check your hot water taps and hot water cylinder for leaks.
  • Look at installing an insulating wrap on your hot water cylinder and the hot water pipe from the top – these are reasonably priced and easy to install and will reduce precious heat loss from your cylinder.
  • Laundry uses a huge amount of water – with so many excellent cold water laundry detergents on the market there is very little need for hot washes.
  • Look at what temperature your water is set at – do you really need it that high?
  • Take showers instead of baths – and resist the urge to linger.

Stop your heat escaping

  • Install insulation wherever you can around the home.
  • Make sure your curtains are closed when the heather is on.
  • If purchasing new windows dressings, the thicker your curtains and the closer fitting they are to the window the less heat you will lose.
  • Seal drafts around doors, and if you aren’t using a fireplace, seal or cover that up as well – you’ll be surprised at how much heat can escape up the chimney.
  • Only heat the rooms you are using – it sounds basic, but why heat the parts of the house you’re not using?

Know your appliances

  • You might think you’ve turned the television off, but it might just be on ‘sleep’ mode, which means it’s still consuming power. Using the ‘off’ button on an appliances remote control won’t turn it off completely. When you are not using your television, stereo, video, computer or other appliances, turn them off at the wall.
  • Walk around the house and you will be surprised at how many appliances are still on and therefore using power. Unplugging them at the wall will save power.
  • Plan ahead when you use the oven to cook more than one item at once.


  • As it gets darker earlier in the evenings and later in the mornings our lights stay on a lot longer and chew up a lot more electricity. Make sure you turn the light off in rooms you are not using. You can always turn it back on every time you re-enter the room.
  • If you have an older-style home, it’s a good idea to invest in energy-saving bulbs which also reduce costs. Newer homes will most probably already be using these, but they can easily be purchased from hardware stores, and even supermarkets.

Spring has Sprung!

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. 









Source: http://www.kmart.co.nz/category/home-&-entertainment/features/trend-inspiration/452021



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.