Apr 30, 2014

Energy Saving - Lighting


Lighting

The average household spends upto 9% of their annual energy bills on lighting. See below for some tips on energy efficient lighting.

  • Make the most out of natural light
  • Use energy efficient lights: CFLs use 80% less energy and last around 10 times longer. Each CFL can save up to $20 per year and standard halogen globes use 30% less energy and last twice as long. Each globe can save up to $7 per year
  • Select the right light for the space
  • Turn off lights: 26% of people leave lights on all evening in unoccupied rooms

Standby power and lifestyle appliances

Standby power and lifestyle appliances make up to 10% of household energy use, or over $100 per year on energy bills. See below for some tips on reducing your energy use.

Apr 29, 2014

Parliament House Of Victoria (Melbourne)

Google Map of location of Parliament HouseParliament House is open to the public throughout the year.

Location

Parliament House
Spring Street
East Melbourne Victoria 3002
Phone: (+61 3) 9651 8911
Fax: (+61 3) 9654 5284
Email: info@parliament.vic.gov.au

See Parliament in action

When Parliament is sitting, visitors are welcome to come in and see Parliament in action. The Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly (the Houses) both have public galleries, which are open whenever the House is sitting.
Check the Calendar for the dates when Parliament is sitting.
To see what happens on a sitting day see the sitting day schedule for the Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly.

Public tours

Public tours of Parliament are conducted on days when Parliament is not sitting. There is no need to book for groups of less than 6 people. Public tours take place at 9.30 am, 10.30 am, 11.30 am, 1.30 pm, 2.30 pm and 3.45 pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) from the Vestibule.
More information and bookings

Events

Come and participate in the events held by the Parliament of Victoria over the course of the year.
More information and bookings

Baby change and feeding room

Located on the second floor on the Legislative Assembly side. Facilities include comfortable chairs, change table, basin hot and cold water, a fridge and a microwave.


What is this? Feijoa!

The Feijoa, also known as Pineapple Guava or Guavasteen, is an evergreen small tree.  It can grow in Melbourne.  I know it because I got three of them in my yard.

The fruit matures in autumn and is green, and about the size and shape of an egg. It has a sweet, aromatic flavour. The flesh is juicy and have a distinctive smell.

The fruit is usually eaten by cutting it in half, then scooping out the pulp with a spoon.

Extracted from wikipedia.

Apr 27, 2014

Parkopedia - Find Where To Park Before You Go

I planned to go to Docklands last weekend and found out this site, Parkopedia.  Now we can plan where to park before we go.  Look for cheapest car parks, this is the place to plan ahead.


Apr 26, 2014

New Costco Coupon - 26 April - 11 May, 2014



New Costco coupon is here again.

Good deals on

  • Dunlopillo Therapillo Memory Foam Pillow  ($69.99 - $14 = $55.99)
  • 2pc Bath Mat ($9.99 - $2 = $7.99)
  • Carmen's Variety Nut Bars - 20x35g ($13.99 - $3 = $10.99)



Apr 21, 2014

3 Stunning Private Country Gardens in Victoria

Neerim

Experience a different way of life in one of the most picturesque towns in the Gippsland region. On the doorstep to the Baw Baw National Park, this tourist town is the perfect stopover for holiday makers on their way to the ski fields or for travellers in search of galleries and boutique B&Bs amidst breathtaking scenery.

3 private gardens will be opened to public on the weekend of 26th and 27th April, 2014.  It is time to take our family to enjoy a country scenery with gardens.

Janalli, an exceptionally well-designed garden landscaped and planted on a grand scale. A 60-metre rose arbour leads to terraces of massed roses and perennials, and a parkland of exotic species borders landscaped lakes. Glorious autumn foliage. Large formal Japanese garden; Australian plant area; potager, citrus grove, small vineyard and nut walk.

Entry to the garden is $8 per adult, children are free.  Janalli will be open between 10am - 4:30 pm. Dogs are allowed on leash (Janalli garden only), has pram and wheelchair access, refreshments and toilets.

285 Wagners Rd, Neerim South


Apr 15, 2014

Top 40 best ever cleaning tips

Learn how to clean like a champion with this list of the best-ever household cleaning hints and tips.  From cleaning up broken glass to deterring pests or tackling stains on clothes and furniture, we have 40 simple, natural solutions that work.

1. Eucalyptus oil removes the gummy residue left by shop stickers.
2. Buffing a marble tabletop with car polish leaves a thin, invisible film that helps reduce the risk of stains.
3. To remove furniture indentations from pure wool carpet place a tea towel over the area and then press with a warm iron. The heat will lift the fibres. Do not attempt this with synthetic or a wool/synthetic mix carpet.
4. Light a match and let it burn a few seconds to remove toilet smells.
5. To stop bathroom mirrors steaming up, regularly rub a dry bar of soap over the surface and rub in with a clean cloth.
6. Stop clothes with thin straps falling off hangers by sticking small felt furniture pads onto the hanger just beyond where the straps sit.

Apr 13, 2014

Costco TV Price Update (April 12, 2014)

Sony      W800B  50"   $1399.99
Sony      W80    55"   $1399.99
Sony      R52    60"   $1489.99
Sony      R55    60"   $1649.97

LG        LA6620 50"   $1299.97
LG        LA7400 55"   $1899.99

Panasonic S60    60"   $1299.99

Samsung   F6400  55"   $1249.97
Samsung   F6400  75"   $4079.99
Samsung   F7100  55"  

Apr 6, 2014

Secret Pice Codes in Costco

This guy has THE PAGE explain everything we need to know.

The rule number one, price ending with 97c is usually a bargain.


Remember to check it out next time you visit Costco.  Enjoy the savings.

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EASTER FAMILY FUN at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

An hour from Melbourne 
FREE ENTRY - OPEN EVERY DAY 9am-5pm (except Christmas Day)

It would be one of the most delicious destination this Easter! Come and see the amazing display of over 25 000 handcrafted Easter chocolates – from tiny to large decorative eggs, fun freckled eggs, filled and flavoured eggs, whimsical chocolate bunnies, chicks, hens and even frogs using the finest couverture, nearly one metre tall bunnies, decadent truffles and more! Easter creations are in the showroom now – better hop to it so you don’t miss out on the delightful range to share with your family and friends.
Plus there are a weekend of free family fun activities. From Good Friday to Easter Monday, be greeted by the Chocolaterie’s Easter Bunnies, enjoy loads of free chocolate tastings, delight in the giant chocolate sculptures and the kids can find a special treat with free Easter egg hunts each day.

Apr 5, 2014

25 Websites that will make you a Genius

1. Khan Academy

1Have you ever wanted to pick up a subject you’re not well-versed in, but you didn’t have the money to invest in a college course? Khan Academy aims to provide education at the collegiate level for anyone who wants it. They provide resources for learning pretty much every subject out there, including math, science, history and more. As you learn, the platform will even assess your progress and help you gauge what you’ve learned.

2. Duolingo

2This isn’t the first time I’ve recommended this language-teaching website (and app), and it certainly won’t be the last. Duolingo is a free version of Rosetta-Stone that delivers the same results: teaching you another language. Regular use of the site can have you speaking and writing Spanish, English, German, French, Portuguese and Italian in a matter of months depending on the