Saturday, March 21, 2015
There’s a reason why you’re always advised to wear sunscreen on the beach: the sun’s rays can cause serious damage to your skin. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation emitted by the sun is the main reason why. In high quantities or after prolonged exposure, UV rays can cause certain types of skin cancer, as well as the typical sunny day scourge: sunburn. Once you come home after a day out at the beach, it’s now time to ditch the sunscreen since you’re already adequately protected indoors—or are you? If you think that your average glass windows can shield you from harmful UV rays, you’re completely mistaken.
Friday, March 20, 2015
When it comes to the windows in homes, people can pick from curtains, blinds, shades, or shutters. Among these, blinds tend to be an easy choice to make not only because of its easy care and maintenance, but also because there are many ways for it to instantly make a room stylish. As they are light, trendy, and hassle-free, many are ditching their curtains and getting online blinds in Australia and installing them in their homes. A good idea is to get blinds that have a built-in lift system, either by a push of a button or a remote control. While these are the more expensive types, they are worth it because of their safety and convenience compared to the dangling cords. One reason why blinds are popular is because they have better control of light. Vertical blinds are great for creating an illusion of expansiveness to the room. Also, vertical blinds can prevent radiation which can harm the furniture.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Australia has its seasons, but one thing is certain: it’s almost always sunny in the Land Down Under. And while the Beatles have sung praises of the sun in the past (cue Here Comes The Sun), its light isn’t always welcoming for everything, especially for your furniture. The need to control sunlight is an old issue in home building and design. Home builders have made it a point that they follow a design that heavily favours the free flow of natural light in the interiors of homes, especially during the pre-electric lighting days. On the other hand, homeowners today are quite aware of the need to protect objects and furnishings from the sun’s rays.
Queensland's electricity providers are charging four times as much as those in Victoria, even twice as much as providers in the entire U.K, as per a report commissioned by UnitingCare Australia. The report, produced by Melbourne-based energy economics consultancy firm Carbon and Energy Markets, stated that network charges accounted for more or less half of the average consumer's energy bill in all National Energy Market areas except Victoria. Ergon Energy in Queensland has the highest network charge at around 20 cents per kWh.