Where to for commercial, service and home heat?

In Australia, the focus of climate and energy policy has been electricity. It’s a core input to essential energy services, it’s pricey, and it is accountable for a 3rd of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.

 

However, provision heat is responsible for half as much climate effect as electrical energy, or as much as transportation. And typically the devices that utilise gas or oil use a great deal of electrical power too. Current rapid increases in gas prices and cost volatility have concentrated on decreasing reliance on gas, much of which supplies heat, and with the new house design there is more of a focus on solar.

 

There is exciting potential to cut these emissions by procedures consisting of improved energy effectiveness, reassessing commercial procedures to minimise the requirement for heat, and switching from gas and oil to high efficiency electrical technologies owned by sustainable electricity.

 

Many households are already moving far from gas to high effectiveness reverse-cycle air conditioners, heat pump hot water systems and induction cooking. However we require much better insulated hot water tanks and ovens, in addition to thermally effective structures and wise electrical power management systems, to reduce expenses and maximise advantages.

 

In the industrial sector, gas usage, generally for space heating, hot water and cooking, is frequently terribly inefficient. Ineffective (typically old and badly maintained) boilers, large losses from pipes and ducts, bad control systems, thermally bad structures, and inefficient gas cooking offer huge capacity for savings. Previous low gas costs have actually led numerous to be careless in their use of gas.

 

Gas use in industry is frequently remarkably ineffective, too. When losses from badly insulated steam pipes and leaking fittings, ancient and ineffective boilers up to 50 years old and inefficient procedure devices are thought about, the waste is staggering.

 

Under the Energy Performance Opportunities program (closed down by the Abbott government, regardless of impressive cost-effectiveness and international acknowledgment), companies were required to establish computer system designs of the energy and product streams through their procedures and to benchmark efficiency versus theoretical optimums.

 

Many companies, and their knowledgeable engineers who are part of an in-house employee rewards program, were really amazed by the scale of inadequacy and the scope for cost-effective performance improvement.

Industrial-scale electric heat pumps now have the ability to efficiently supply steam using renewable electricity. Green chemistry and advanced metallurgy are producing more efficient processes, higher quality products and lower process temperature levels.

 

Smart controls and keeping an eye on systems lower turn down rates (and the energy squandered producing items that cannot be sold). Enhanced heat recovery and heat/cool storage boost versatility and allow previously lost energy to be made use of in modern house designs.

 

At the point of use of items, ‘virtual’ options are changing physical items and motion. These consist of weight decrease and moving to lower emission effect products (e.g. cement made from geopolymers, and engineered wood replacing steel and concrete). Increased recycling ways lower temperature level, less energy-intensive procedures replace production of virgin products.

We are also seeing amazing capacity to replace nonrenewable fuel sources with renewable energy across all combustion activities: ARENA just recently funded a research study that explored these possibilities with many extensive staff incentives dished out to high performing research and development volunteers.

 

Across all of the elements in the supply chain, the multiple benefits of brand-new solutions, ranging from cooler business cooking areas to lower turn down rates and enhanced personnel performance, amplify the energy advantages.

The huge concern is whether Australians will catch these opportunities or if they will continue to see themselves as being victims of modification. Maybe the emerging concentrate on energy efficiency and development can help.

 

An Insight To The Real Italian Women’s Shoes Craftsman

I was really interested in the article below that I found this yesterday afternoon, which gives you a great insight to an old fashioned Italian women’s shoe maker. I thought I would share it because he is currently making headlines for his craftsmanship. Enjoy the read!

The Italian who made simple shoes chic again

For a man who constructed his reputation around the perfectly engineered stiletto – mathematically balanced, refined proportions, neither too high nor too pointy – Gianvito Rossi is sanguine about the encroaching hegemony of the trainer, even though he holds it responsible for the ever-widening female foot.

“Trainers are part of modern life – and they’re better than destroying your feet with badly fitting high heels,” is his verdict.

The son of Sergio Rossi, one of the pre-eminent Italian shoe names from 1966 onwards, Gianvito is well placed to observe women’s feet for his range of womens shoes His mother wore heels as an article of faith. The family home was above the factory, and young Gianvito grew up with the sweet, damp tang of leather in his nostrils.

Despite trying to divert himself with a degree in sociology and political science, he gravitated back to the family business. After Sergio sold the company to Gucci Group in 2000, there were a few years when father and son no longer worked with shoes.
But Gianvito missed footwear so much he found shoes encroaching on his dreams. There was nothing for it but to launch his own brand. A decade in, he sells in more than 250 stores around the world, turns over €61 million ($88 million) a year and has been responsible for three of the most copied styles like womens sandals in recent times: the Portofino sandal, a deceptively dainty looking strappy stiletto; the velvet ankle boot; and the leather-tipped PVC stiletto court shoe, which has been a perennial bestseller since its launch five years ago.

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Stepping from leather

He loves that stiletto; it’s a man’s ideal of a woman’s shoe, he says. But he’s also grown very partial to working with velvet. “I think in future all shoe designers may move away from leather a bit,” he says.

Gianvito feels strongly about the wellbeing of feet. Hence his own (luxurious) trainer collection. And hence his relaxed acceptance of sneaker culture. It is hard, he says, to make a wide shoe elegant, but it’s not impossible.

“There are a lot of women 50 and under who have destroyed feet,” he shakes his head ruefully. “These are women who started wearing heels from about 1995 when the industry changed. In the past, designer womens boots and  shoes were made by shoe experts with high-quality rules and standards and enormous attention were paid to the fit.”

Sergio and Gianvito Rossi, for instance, had their own factory in San Mauro Pascoli and produced the shoes for Gianni Versace and Dolce e Gabbana, inter alia. From the late ’90s, as brands pushed for expansion, they took shoe production in-house.

“If you wear badly fitting shoes when you’re young, it’s terrible for the feet,” he continues. “So there are women in their 70s who have beautiful feet. It’s the younger generations that have suffered. I see it all the time. They can’t really wear heels anymore, but their mothers and grandmothers are fine.”

Impeccable craftsmanship

Rossi is a stickler for quality, even though his shoes sell for the same – or sometimes less – than equally elevated brands. Producing still from his own factory, he would rather concentrate on impeccable craftsmanship than bling. Far from making his shoes recede into the background, this attention to form makes them stand out for their elegance and defined silhouettes.

“It’s really not that hard to design a crazy shoe,” he posits. “You just keep adding more and more detail. But at some point you have to ask, ‘Is that elegant or modern?’ ”

Even when womens and  mens dress shoes reached heights of ostentation a couple of years ago, Rossi’s were notable for a sense of luxurious restraint that made them seem both contemporary and timeless.

His velvet ankle boot, introduced two years ago and available in 65-millimetre or 85-millimetre heels, is a case in point. It repeatedly sells out.

“Higher is not necessarily better,” he says. “And I speak as someone who designs from a man’s point of view. But if a woman wears a heel that’s too high for her, it distorts her silhouette. The key is balance, and not to be tied to only one style, as women of my mother’s generation were.

“Now you wear sneakers one day, stilettos the next. The main thing is that the woman is wearing the shoe, not the other way round.”

 


Read more: http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/fashion/accessories/the-italian-who-made-simple-shoes-chic-again-20161029-gsdptk#ixzz4PSlLe5FO

How To Incept An Art Gallery On The Cheap

1. Prepare picture hangers: Mark your walls where you wish the rails to be. After cutting your molding to the desired length, pre-paint to speed up installation. You can fill nail holes with putty later.

2. Set up molding rail: With finish nails, countersinking the nail heads. Then, pre-drill holes through the rail into the wall studs and protect with 2″ screws so the rail will bear weight.

 

3. Make your wall mounts: Have lengths of 1/16″ wire rope cut to length at the hardware shop. I utilized 6′ lengths. Bend brass corner braces to form the rail hooks. If you want to prevent flexing from occuring, alternative bigger “S” hooks are the way to go. The brass hooks I made hang near to the wall, a plus.

Thread an aluminum grommet onto the wire, run it through the bottom of your rail hook and back through the grommet to form a small loop. A couple taps of a heavy hammer will set the grommet. Just watch your fingers!

 

4. Make your art hooks: Take the copper terminal lugs and turn around the tabs so they will pinch the wire rope securely when the set screw is tightened up. Thread onto the wire. You’ll notice the tabs have a hole where you might use an “S” hook. I just bent the tab to form a hook using two sets of pliers.

 

5. Location the finished hangers onto the rail

6. Hang the art: Hang and change the terminal lugs as required.

 

For a bit more security, connect your art to the hook by running a zip tie around the hanging wire on the frame and the wire rope. To conceal excess wire rope, loop wire till it is in the back of the art-work and secure with blue painters tape, which will keep sticky residue from building up on the wire or suspended ceiling systems

News Update If You Are Travelling The Great Ocean Road This Weekend

I thought this news could be very interesting to anyone travelling down the great ocean road direction, as there has been quite a few landslips, so please read and stay safe everybody!

IS the Great Ocean Road open? More landslips from weekend rain

THE relentless weekend rain caused five more small landslides on the already embattled Great Ocean Road.

Nearly 60km of the coastal route was spectacularly closed last month, when wild weather caused landslips, downed trees and rock falls, and if you were enjoying your lavish Lorne accommodation, you may have escaped the worse!

The latest report from VicRoads’ Incident Control Centre has warned new landslips could occur at any time.

With 200mm of movement detected over the past four days from Monday, the east end of the Wye beach from the beach front caravan park towards Separation Creek has now been closed as a precautionary measure.

Geotechnical assessments will continue through the area during moderate winds with a high chance of rain forecast over the next few days.

Parts have since been reopened, and despite the downpour over the weekend the road remains open to all traffic between Lorne and Torquay

It is still closed to all traffic from Separation Creek to Wye River, as well as the beach below Paddy’s Path, and it is not yet known when that portion of road will be reopened.

While it also open from Lorne to Separation Creek, the speed has dropped to 40km/h and no large trucks or buses are permitted. Exemptions apply to garbage trucks, cement trucks and cars towing boats, caravans and trailers.

From Wye River to Skenes Creek the speed has been reduced to 60km/h with the same guidelines in place. So if you’re staying in some Wye river accommodation, you may be there for a little while longer.

From there, the road is open all the way to Warrnambool with no restrictions.

A Postal Worker Will Mow Your Lawn-Only in Finland!

posties mowing lawns

How about this for a think outside of the box idea: mowing lawns and landscaping

If you are lucky enough to live in Finland, you can have a postie cut your grass…. for a small fee.

Believe it or not, the postal workers came up with the idea and put it to management according to Anu Punola, the director of Posti, Finland’s official postal service. “We believe many customers will be happy to outsource lawn mowing when we make it convenient for them to do so,” she said announcing the program.

The idea is that the posties will do the job every Tuesday which is traditionally a light day for mail numbers in Finland. In recent years there has been fewer ads and magazines for them to deliver. The idea is also that the customers have to provide the lawn mower which really only makes sense. You cant really expect then to carry a portable one on the back of their bikes. The proposed cost will range from 65 euros to €130 ($75 to $149) per month and this depends on the size of the customers lawn. Another bonus is that it’s tax deductible.

Finland’s Posti was already a service that is considered to be very enterprising. They already deliver meals to many customers. The postal service also has plans to have a health care company teach its employees to help people who have many types of disabilities and help them with their cooking and cleaning needs.

But then, why stop there? How about  a full landscape paving service, or shovelling snow in the winter months? Or maybe even building retaining walls or walking dogs perhaps? Watching the kids for an hour or two or picking up some milk before delivering the mail? Helping with the kids homework? The list is endless. Curiouser and curiouser the whole plan seems to be.

It’s not just Finlands postal service that have innovative services. In Japan, their postal service provide banking and insurance. In Korea, mainly at some of the offices in rural areas, postal workers can make rail and airline bookings for you. If you live in India and want to sell stuff online, guess what? They sell goods online for you and then they also delivers them. However, the most innovative one comes out of the land downunder. Australia Post are testing the use of drones for their mail delivery. We are very impressed…but! Is a drone able to mow your lawns or build a retaining wall? Not yet, but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time. 

Benefits Of Reading

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You can save a lot of money by buying softcover editions of the books. If you like to read, this can save a lot of money in the long run to the bookstore. However, there are some advantages defined to buy the hardcover edition of certain types of books. You can certainly buy a soft cover for some things, but if you really love books, you are going to buy from the rigid time and the time for some very good reasons. Books come in digital form, the time and that is great, but sometimes, nothing replaces the book in her hand and saving for then read from time to time.

When buying cookbooks that attempt to capitalize, the hardcover edition is always a good idea. This is because no matter how hard you try, you are going to put them through some abuse in the kitchen that can easily ruin a soft cover. If you use a recipe loved, water, grease, and cooking ingredients are coming to your book when you have in the kitchen. Having a hardcover on the book does not always save him, but you have a much better chance of life if you have your book that edition.

Books from your most favorite author are also the book you want to buy in hardcover. This is because you are about to read these over and over again, and you’ll never want to let go of them. Books that are repeatedly read quickly bring, namely the spine can break and the cover will tear and rip. If you have the hardcover edition, your most prized books are better protected from wear by reading over and over again. If loan off, it will be back in better shape than any softcover you can buy.

If you love to display all your books in your house, the hardcover edition is only going to look better on your shelves. Soft-shell are often smaller and thicker, thus taking up more space than the stiff. They tend to be about the same size, making your shelves rather boring to watch. A well-stocked library can add character to a room, and the best way to make your interesting shelves with a look that you want is to go with the hardcover edition of many of your favorite books.

The hardcover edition of any book is going to cost more money, but as you can see, that extra money is often worth it. Not only are more durable in the long run, you can usually get the book very soon hardcover. The paperback or softcover out often months or even years after the original edition is published online and in bookstores. For a book that lasts, invest in a sturdy book that will last through the fall, repeated readings, and the abuse of the books may take a few extra dollars. You’ll be glad you made the investment.

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