Sunday, 17 May 2015
When it comes to reducing your reliance on mains water, nothing beats having a quality water tank in Perth that lets you collect and store as much rainfall as you need for various purposes. With the right tank installed, you’ll have enough water to irrigate your garden, keep your toilets full, and even wash your car. Yet with all the tank types, sizes, shapes, and colours available, which one should you invest your hard-earned dollar? In an article for ReNew Magazine, writer Lance Turner provides a rundown on the different factors a homeowner like yourself should consider.
Saturday, 16 May 2015
Although rainwater harvesting methods have not changed much throughout the years, the hardware and materials being used certainly have, be it gutter guards or water tanks in WA homes. Patrick Dupont explains each step of the process and what it takes to harvest rainwater efficiently in his article for Your Home: Australia’s Guide to Environmentally Sustainable Homes. What’s in it For You? Obviously, harvesting rainwater enables you to maintain an alternative water supply that you can tap into during crises or drought. The practice can lessen your dependence on mains water lines by up to 100% and thereby reduce your water bill. These outcomes would depend on the size of your tank and the climate conditions in your locality, however. Meanwhile, lower demand from the mains could in turn lessen the need for new dams, reduce infrastructure operating costs, and help reduce local flooding.
Friday, 15 May 2015
Given the dry climate and sweltering temperatures typical of summertime in the region, it comes as no surprise that households in Western Australia, particularly in Perth, consume millions of litres of water every day whenever they shower. About 25 percent of household water, in fact, goes to showers or baths, according to a Water Corporation spokesman interviewed by WAtoday. In this drying climate, authorities urge the public to conserve water, whether by replacing inefficient showerheads or shortening the daily shower time to four minutes. It would also make sense to invest in sustainable and long-term solutions that address water shortage issues.
Thursday, 14 May 2015
As the population grows, demand for basic needs, e.g. food, housing, and water, continues to rise. Supply must accordingly keep up. In some instances, resources from different areas may be diverted to sustain the basic needs of a certain locality. This is exactly what the north-eastern suburb of Ellenbrook faces right now. Years of unprecedented growth have made the local water supply all but inadequate. Around 11,000 households are being supplied by a reticulated water system designed to serve less than a tenth of that figure. As of this writing, however, the Water Corporation is laying down expansion plans to improve water distribution.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
Western Australia's flagship in the green campaign cost around $17 million to build and was constructed with sustainable materials. The edifice gets a full six stars from the Green Building Council of Australia, which requires structures to be sustainable and serve as role models for future projects in their communities. One of the definitive features of the Green Skills Centre is its rainwater retention capability, thanks to its two subterranean rainwater tanks that have a combined capacity of 150,000 litres. The building also has separate tanks for black water, one 11,000-litre tank for collection, and two tanks with a combined capacity of 38,000 litres for storage.
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare recognises that obesity rates nationwide continue to rise. Clearly, many Aussies need to start living healthier lives. A good way to do so is to incorporate more fibre in their daily diet. There is recent science to back this up. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School found that adults who ate 30 grams of fibre daily for a year saw a vast improvement in their health. Consuming the daily recommended intake of 25 to 30 grams of fibre daily can reduce the risk of colon cancer and other digestive tract diseases.
Monday, 11 May 2015
Homes in the City of Swan came close to being razed to the ground by a bushfire early January, which claimed more than 5,000 hectares of forest. With the help of 50 km/h winds and the Perth heat, the fire swept across lush vegetation. Fortunately, a contingent of firefighters were able to fight off the blaze, as well as ember attacks in the suburbs. Should another bushfire of this magnitude happen again, not even adequate defensible space will be enough to defend the home from a fire. In times when firefighters need access to water lines, there's no guarantee that homes will have running water to fight off the blaze. In addition, power interruptions may render pumps inoperable in a bushfire.
Sunday, 10 May 2015
Foresight can be a strong asset when you are moving to install new rainwater tank at home with several months to go until the rainy season. If you’ve never had them set up at home before, now’s the time to do it. Writing for the sustainability magazine ReNew, Lance Turner said that there’s a science to putting up the large structure and pack rainwater in the process. Perth, Western Australia, already boasts of being a city with clear weather almost all-year-round. The strong exceptions are the winter months from June to August, where the rains can average between 44 millimetres to nearly 169mm, but recent changes in weather patterns even trigger thunderstorms in the middle of summer. When you are looking to stock up on water supplies for various non-potable uses, a supplier of water tanks in WA like Rainfill Tanks and Curved Roofing Supplies will be ready to assist you.
Saturday, 9 May 2015
Aside from the constant nagging of your Rates, Electricity, phone, and other bills, do you find yourself drowning (pun intended) in your monthly water consumption? For one, a big water bill is essentially a double-whammy: it not only wrecks your pockets, it also does harm to the environment. Numerous ways to reduce water bills exist, though, from taking shorter showers to turning off the tap while brushing your teeth, among others. These conventional methods are tried and tested, though without much augmentation they can only go so far. Here are a few more tips and tricks on how to cut back on your main water consumption.
Friday, 8 May 2015
In a hot place like Western Australia, residents are helpless against the dangers of bushfires happening around Perth and nearby areas. Homeowners are at risk of getting their houses destroyed by the relentless fires brought about by the hot weather, or getting their supply of rainwater contaminated by the ashes from the fire. Bushfires are among the problems that those living in Western Australia have to contend with yearly, requiring them to prepare themselves for the uncontrollable wrath of the fire. With temperatures soaring by as much as 40 degrees Celsius, and winds that can go as much as 35 kilometres per hour, the dryness caused by the heat makes it easier for the fire to spread, making homeowners turn to drastic measures to avoid being victims. Some of them even stock up their rainwater supplies to curb the uncontrollable fire.
Thursday, 7 May 2015
Water is among the most valuable natural resources on the planet. It is essential in everyday life activities such as drinking, hygiene, irrigation and many more. The problem we are faced with today is that with the fast growing human population, the demand for water is continually increasing while the supply is constantly decreasing. Indeed, water scarcity can very much be an alarming threat in the near future. Rainwater harvesting is one of the solutions to this problem. In essence, rainwater harvesting is the process of collecting rain from clean surfaces and storing it for later use. It is an age old process practiced by our ancestors that modern technology has allowed us to make significant changes and improvements on. With the addition of water filters in Perth rainwater tanks, water that is otherwise unfit for consumption can be purified.
Raised bed gardening is a convenient and effective type of gardening, perfect for growing vegetables right in the comfort of your home. Raised beds contain a considerable amount of soil enclosed in a planter box that can be made of various materials such as wood, recycled plastic, or even corrugated iron. Raised garden beds in Perth are available in many styles, types and sizes, providing plenty of options for enthusiasts to work out their green thumbs. Aside from variety, however, what makes raised garden beds the most beneficial is the protection plants receive from pathway weeds and pests. It also protects the soil from erosion during seasons of heavy rain. Furthermore, a raised garden bed in Perth can also produce a bountiful yield—all it takes is a matter of strategy.