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Power your Household from Rubbish

January 4th, 2013

According to Phoenix Energy managing director Peter Dyson via the ABC, "Each time you put your own garbage bin out what you're putting out goes to landfill [and that equates to] 15 per cent of your own electricity needs and that's renewable." ; In contrast to the traditional process of waste incineration, "Any waste that comes into the plant... zero waste goes out of the plant...There is nothing that goes to landfill at all."

Waste-to-energy, also known as W2E, is a fast growing industry around the world. ; Of the 900 global plants in operation, about 300 are located in Japan and about 180 in France. ; There are 20 of these plants in Tokyo alone, with the Japanese people just as concerned about landfill reduction as they are about clean energy creation. ; Waste-to-energy solutions are known to reduce landfill by over 90 percent, freeing up valuable land space and reducing harmful groundwater discharges and methane emissions.

The Kwinana plant is expected to be operational by 2016, and will cost roughly $350 million to get off the ground. ; According to Dyson however, households will be better off financially, with a typical gate fee of $205 a tonne reduced to [...]

Stevia: Friend or Foe?

December 28th, 2012

In the last few years, stevia has gone from an abstract herb, to a staple on supermarket shelves. This South American plant has the potential to give food the sweet flavour we seek from sugar, without the unwanted calories or spiking insulin levels, which both bring their own myriad of health risks.

The stevia trend is in full swing, both at home and abroad. Pepsi have brought out a variety of cola which is sweetened by stevia instead of sugar. In the United [...]

Hot Travel Destinations for 2013

December 21st, 2012

Most people want to travel and explore the world, whether on a short getaway or an extended adventure. For all those planning to jump on a place in 2013 however, it can be tough deciding where to go. It is important to think about your interests and budget when choosing a travel destination, with some places also going in and […]

Why don't banks pass on the full rate cut?

December 14th, 2012

While the RBA may have slashed interest rates over the last six months, borrowers have not reaped the full rewards of these reductions, with many lenders not passing on full cuts. Why do banks refuse to pass on the full rate cut to their customers? If you have a mortgage, and are feeling a little short-changed by your bank, the […]

Selling your Home at Christmas

December 7th, 2012

What can you expect if selling your home over the Christmas period? Is this a time to be avoided, or does it actually come with advantages? When it comes to whether or not you should place your home for sale over the Christmas holiday period, there are differing opinions. While Christmas and New Year are not traditional times to place […]

The Cost of Household Water

November 30th, 2012

Water is essential to life, and mostly considered to be a free and widely available resource. However, households in Australia and New Zealand spend hundreds of dollars each year on water, and these bills are mostly on the rise. With some experts forecasting a water crisis in years to come and water demand for irrigation, industry, and drinking close to […]

Using Diet to Beat the Blues

November 23rd, 2012

While there are many treatment options for those suffering from anxiety and depression, a current clinical study is exploring the link between these illnesses and diet. While previous studies have sho wn the benefits of particular nutrients, it’s believed to be the first study of its kind in the world. Past research has indicated that nutritional factors can lead to […]

The Wonders and Perils of Online Shopping this Christmas>

November 16th, 2012

With Christmas just around the corner, more and more people are choosing to avoid the rush and go online for their shopping needs. Internet shopping has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, with online retailers doing everything they can to get new business. However, the recent problems associated with Click Frenzy in Australia are just one example of […]