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Creating A Fun, Safe Garden For Your Children

As the mum of five young children, I know how important it is to have access to a safe outdoor space for your children to play. Being cooped up in the house all day isn't good for the kids or the parents, but you also can't let young kids play in a space that's hazardous. When we bought our new family home, there was a lot of work to do in the garden to make it childproof, and we also wanted to make it a fun place for the kids to play. We erected a new fence, fitted a combination lock on the garden gate, had poisonous plants removed, cordoned off the pool and created a play area complete with swings, a slide and outdoor games. I started this blog to share my DIY gardening tips, and I hope you find it interesting and useful.



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Go Green this Summer - Buy a Portable Air Conditioner

by Darlene Jenkins

With 2013 being the hottest year on record in Australia since 1910, and 2014 being similarly warm, it is more important than ever to ensure your home is cool and comfortable during the summer months.  However, due to the rising cost of electricity as well as a generally increased interest in being environmentally friendly, many Australians are unsure of whether the investment in air conditioners is really worth it.   If you harbor these concerns, a portable air conditioner may be the perfect solution for you.  Here's why:

The size matches the space

Over the last few decades, housing size trends have reversed.  Instead of building and buying large outer suburban homes, many Australians are now living in apartments and smaller inner city homes, in an effort to avoid long morning commutes and enjoy the benefits of inner city lifestyles.  With a smaller home naturally comes a requirement for a right-sized air conditioner.

The fact that portable air conditioners come in different sizes is a benefit that is often overlooked.  Instead of having a large, expensive and non-environmentally friendly wall unit for your small home, you can purchase a portable air-conditioner that is right-sized for your home or apartment. 

Overall Energy Efficiency

Although portable air conditioners may not be required to have energy efficiency labels,  they can still be incredibly energy efficient.  There are two main reasons for their energy efficiency.

  • The ability to move the air conditioner from room to room, and place to place :  It is far better for the environment, and for your electricity bill, if you focus on cooling your home room by room, as and when you need to be in that room.  A portable air conditioner gives you the ability to cool any room, at any time, exactly when you need.

Similarly, from an energy perspective you can also move your portable air conditioner from home to home, which is especially valuable if you are a renter or have a holiday home. The portability of the air conditioner will ensure even greater electricity savings and make all of your homes as energy efficient as possible.

  • Not taking up valuable window space: An air conditioner that needs to be placed at a window can take up valuable window space that may otherwise have been used as a window to cool down the home.  As such, having a portable air conditioner can ensure maximum usage of window space as a complimentary cooling measure to the actual air conditioner. 

From a cost, energy and environmental perspective, a portable air conditioner from companies like DACS Air Conditioning & Electrical Services can provide the ultimate solution this summer.