Save 10% on your Air Conditioning Cost

I was reading a recent edition of Popular Science and came across a way to use up to 10% less power on your window box air-conditioner.

To save up to 10% on the cost of running your window air-conditioner you should keep the air-conditioner out of direct sunlight. There are a few ways that you can do this:

  1. Install it on the side of the house that doesn’t get any sun
  2. Plant bushes or trees to shade the air-conditioner from the sun
  3. Build a shade for the air-conditioner

One thing that you need to be aware of when doing any of the three options above is to make sure that you don’t block the airflow around the air conditioner.

The Holmes Inspection – What I Wish I Knew About Home Inspections


So far in our “new” house (built in 1990) here in Canada we have had to replace our dish washer, washing machine, dryer, and a few weeks ago our stove died. We have also needed to replace one window, and about a half dozen others have broken seals and should be replaced soon.

We had a home inspection done, but none of these things were picked up on. I was told that I needed to replace a strip of timber on one window, but in fact the entire window needed replacing because the wood rot in the frame was so bad. Other than the “small work” that they said needed doing on the window none of the other items were picked up on. We talked to our real estate agent and were told it was just “Murphy’s Law” and couldn’t follow up on anything with the inspector or with the previous owners, which sucked.

I’ve been watching Mike Holmes on HGTV since our first visit to Canada. Recently he’s started to look into shonky home inspections and even wrote a book about Home Inspections called “The Holmes Inspection”.

In The Holmes Inspection Mike Holmes looks at:

  • What a home inspector can and can’t do
  • The mechanicals of a house (plumbing, electrical, heating / cooling)
  • The “envelope” (floors, walls, doors and windows)
  • Location and sitting of the house
  • Foundations
  • How to see past the spit and polish people put on their houses prior to selling
  • more …

I wish that I had purchased and read this book before getting this house. It certainly would have opened my eyes and helped me to see how much work was actually needed to get this house up to scratch.

After spending the last 5-years of our life in Australia renovating we were hoping to get here and take it easy for a while. No such luck so far …