Energy Bill Busting Tips

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

Most of the time simple and easy common sense measures can cut hundreds of dollars fromyour bills just by following these 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 exit a room will make a big difference.

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

3. If going on holidays, turn off your electric hot water system at the meter board 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 store 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

Kit Homes Compared to Turnkey Homes

There is a major difference between kit homes and turnkey homes. Kit homes are built by an owner builder, one who wishes to build their own home. Whereas turnkey homes are built by professionals, so that the client does not need to be involved with the hundreds of steps and processes involved with building a new home. ”Turnkey” simply means that you, the client, can go to your brand new home, walk up to the beautiful front door and simply turn the key!

The process to become an owner builder is much more complicated than one might think. For instance, it’s a requirement of the Building Services Authority (BSA) that anyone who wishes to build or renovate their own home and spend over $11,000 must hold an owner builder permit, and these permits are only issued by the Building Services Authority once you’ve completed an owner builder course. The permits expire every 6 years.

Here are a few of the processes involved with building your own kit home; legal requirements, site preparation, footings and floors, wall construction, roof construction, windows and frames, doors, screens, wall finishes, ceilings, fixtures, plumbing, gas, electrical, draining, and then some landscaping to top it all off.
If you don’t have experience in all of these areas, building your own kit home could prove to be more challenging than you may think, especially tackling all the council codes, regulations and legal requirements!

We at Bush and Beach Home Builders are professionals at building sustainable homes. We know how stressful and overwhelming the process of building your own home can be, so let us do it for you! If you think assembling a piece of furniture is irritating, building a kit home is a hundred times more complicated. Instead, let us do the work for you so that all you have to do is turn the key and enjoy your unique, climate engineered Bush and Beach home.

If you want to see some house designs or learn more about our sustainable homes, please contact our team.

Ideas All Trades Fixing Brisbane’s Storm Damaged Homes and New Building Projects

Brisbane based and BSA licensed Ideas All Trades Pty Ltd  is stepping up their private building project. The family owned business is expanding rapidly to cater to the more diverse requirements of private construction in the Brisbane area.

Ideas All Trades Pty. Ltd. formerly Ideas Painting & Plastering are armed with 9 years of trades and trades management experience in the Brisbane region with a focus on building in the Logan area.

With well demonstrated success in the insurance repair sector, and a thirst for solid growth in work load capacity and service provision, Ideas All Trades Pty Ltd are branching out in pursuit of low rise building projects including renovation, repairs and extensions on homes, new homes and commercial buildings.

As Ideas Painting & Plastering, they assisted thousands of Brisbane residence affected by the major floods of Australia Day 2012. They continue to repair storm damaged and flood affected homes; homes broken into and homes burnt out by fire on behalf of several National insurers and other major National Builders.

The trust earned by thousands of Brisbane residence is clear. Just have a look at the myriad of video testimonials they accrued on their You Tube channel. The link here will take you to the company’s founding director Will Warrens’ YouTube channel which is packed with Brisbane homeowners all voicing their approval and thanks to the Ideas tradies and administration staff for their swift and quality service.

In fact, speed, quality and ensuring customers have as little disruption to their home life with as higher quality finish as possible, is a major part of the Ideas All Trades customer service policy. They are trying to bring positive attitudes to the fore about trades practices, quality, trust in trades and value in the building trades consumer market.

Their experience as a builder responsible for insurance claim funded repairs has heightened Ideas All Trades’ commitment to quality building. The demand of high standards in insurance repairs plus the need to adapt high turnovers of unique repair requirements has given Ideas All Trades a building advantage.

The advantage is the Ideas All Trades Pty Ltd model of job management. They have most skilled building trades people required for any home repair, renovation or house extension job on their books and maintain their relationship with Brisbane construction industry and custom manufacturing small businesses by regular contact and support.

They have also developed strong ties to local engineers and other building professionals offering the owner builder, and potential homeowner assured standards of structural safety. They offer experienced support to gaining council approval to building projects such as extensions and major renovations as well.

The benefits flow to the customer who no longer needs to worry about finding trusted tradesmen and engineers to complete each complicated task. Neither is there worry for the customer to organize the order and scheduling of each tradesman in turn.

For more information or to find out how you can get started on your building project visit the Ideas All Trades website and arrange a quote today.

Brisbane Home and Land Packages

OJ Pippin Homes builds affordable quality homes throughout Brisbane and South East Queensland. Our company strives to give our clients a stress free building experience, whether it is to live in or to invest.

With over 100 superb design and floor plan options to choose from we can help you find a house to suit a specific block, location or site and most importantly to suit your budget and requirements.

If you also require land, our Sales consultants are ex-land sales and real estate agents so they know the whole building and land acquisitions process back to front, so they can act as a buyer’s agent to help you source land if you don’t have your own.

OJ Pippin Homes have currently sourced great value land for House & Land Packages throughout Brisbane, Gold coast and the Sunshine coast.

All packages are complete ‘FULL TURN KEY’ packages which means we take care of everything for you from full landscaping and paths to window furnishings and floor coverings. Simply move in and enjoy your new home.

Our aim is to have you enjoy success whether it is for investment purposes or your own home at the lowest possible cost while maximising your future financial position. Any investment, whether rental property or owner-occupier, requires careful consideration as it is one of the major decisions an individual will make. OJ Pippin is committed to providing you with your property within 12 weeks of council approval and a continued relationship to ensure that everything remains to your satisfaction.

For investment packages, we have expanded our operations to include our own ‘in-house’ marketing division – not only do we build it, but we can rent it for you and arrange the property management post completion. In addition we can point you in the right direction to maximise your returns such as steering you via a qualified quantity surveyor to provide you with a depreciation schedule to take advantage of the taxation benefits that are available through the ATO.

From our strong customer focus and through direct honest contact OJ Pippin Homes is often involved in a number of repeat projects with our owner-occupiers and investment clients.

If you’re looking for a Brisbane Home Builder, House & Land package or more information on this Brisbane builder call 1800 OJ HOME (1800 654 663) If you’re Building today, Go the OJ Way!

Styles of Yoga

Yoga originated in ancient India, and is one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy. Derived from the Sanskrit word meaning “union”, its primary goal is to help the student achieve union with the divine by way of specific poses (asanas), breath (pranayama), and meditation to achieve a state of spiritual liberation. Though yoga in the Western world focuses on health and fitness, it is important to appreciate yoga’s long history as a vital component of the Hindu philosophical and theological system.
As one of the most popular of natural therapies in the West, there are many types of yoga available for those seeking health and wellness. The following covers the more popular yoga styles in the West, and helps you have a clearer understanding of the basics of each yoga style so that you can choose one which best suits you and your needs.

Hatha
Hatha yoga is a generic title which describes any yoga style, and most yoga classes advertised in the West will be hatha yoga, unless otherwise stated. When a yoga class is advertised as hatha, it usually refers to a slow-paced and gentle introduction to yoga, incorporating basis poses and simple breathing exercises. Before attending a hatha yoga class, it is wise to ask the yoga teacher where he/she trained and what the class will consist of, e.g. yoga poses, pace, meditation and mantras etc. This will help to to decide if the yoga class will be beneficial for you.

Vinyasa
Vinyasa yoga is perhaps the most common for those wanting yoga purely for fitness. This form of yoga combines a sequence of flowing poses with rhythmic breathing, and is designed as an intense body-mind workout. As a generic term for any form of yoga that involves poses synchronised to the breath (where there is a flow as the poses run together), Vinyasa yoga is also used to describe yoga styles that have derived from it, such as Ashtanga and Power Yoga.

Ashtanga
As mentioned, Ashtanga is a form of yoga that has derived from the concept of Vinyasa yoga. It is fast-paced and based on six series of poses that increase in difficulty as each series moves through one to the next without stopping. As there is no time for adjustments, once a series of yogic poses and breathing are underway the student is encouraged to move through the series of movements without stopping, making for an ideal full body work-out that will stimulate and improve circulation and detoxification, and get that heart rate pumping!
Power Yoga
Another form of yoga derived from Vinyasa, Power yoga is a Western product based on the fundamentals of yoga tradition. More likely to be part of a gym curriculum, Power yoga weaves common yoga poses and breathe techniques to a rigorous exercise workout, designed to strengthen the body and promote flexibility. Power yoga is great as part of your training and fitness routine, but rarely addresses the philosophical aspects of yoga.

Bikram yoga
Designed by Bikram Choudhury, this form of yoga is better known for its use of sauna-like conditions to promote detoxification of the body through sweat. Bikram yoga classes are held in studios designed to replicate India’s climate, mimicking a hot and humid temperature. Here students work through a series of 26 traditional yoga poses (usually slow-paced and gentle) as they sweat and, as a result, promote fresh blood and oxygen to circulate throughout the body. This form of yoga is ideal as a detoxifying exercise to boost the immune system.

Sivananda
For those seeking a more philosophical approach to their yoga, Sivananda yoga is based on the philosophy of Swami Sivananda and his five principles:
1. Proper exercise
2. Proper breathing
3. Proper relaxation
4. Proper diet
5. Positive thinking/meditation

Sivananda yoga classes work through twelve basic poses. As a slow-paced form of yoga, the emphasis is on the full exploration of each pose so that the eventual mastering of each pose is achieved as part of an overall philosophical approach.

Iyengar
Iyengar yoga is based on the teaching of B.K.S Iyengar, one of the most influential yogis of all time. This form of yoga focuses on the subtleties of each pose, which are held much longer than traditional forms of yoga. Focussing on the physical alignment of the body in the poses, students are encouraged to attain perfect poses through consistent practice. This is based on the philosophical belief that once the body is in perfect balance by means of mastering each pose, the mind with reflect this balance. In addition, unlike other forms of yoga, Iyengar also uses props such as belts or chairs to accommodate any needs or structural imbalances in the body, which makes it a good option for those with poor mobility.
Anusara
Anusara means “to step into the current of divine will” and is a modern form of yoga created by American John Friend, with its origins derived from Iyengar yoga. Its practice focusses on three key areas:
• Attitude – by opening to grace one can awaken his/her true nature.
• Alignment – integrated awareness of the different
• Action – pose as expression of the heart and inner freedom.
This form of yoga reintroduces traditional Hindi elements of yoga, however is primary health orientated as it focuses on inner and outer body alignment.
Kundalini
Considered the most comprehensive of yogas, Kundalini is derived from the tantra yoga tradition and refers to the flow of energy and consciousness that exists within us. Incorporating poses and dynamic breathing techniques, combined with specific mantra chanting and chakra awakening, Kundalini yoga acts as a holistic philosophy that keeps the body and mind strong and flexible in times of stress and conflict. This yoga style is suited for those wanting a holistic approach to their yoga practice.

There are many other forms of yoga available, with more yoga traditions and styles being introduced into the West every year. Like all things, however, it is best to have a clear idea of what you hope to achieve from yoga and then find a style that best suits that. Happy yoga practicing from Radiant Heart Yoga Woolloongabba, Brisbane.