How To Evaluate The Financial Feasibility Of A Solar Energy System

How To Evaluate The Financial Feasibility Of A Solar Energy System For Your Business

As Australia, and the world as a whole, moves towards a more sustainable future, many businesses are considering solar energy as a viable option for powering their operations and are therefore installing a solar system from Westsun Energy to generate electricity for them. Whilst there are certainly environmental benefits to making the switch to solar, it is also important for businesses to consider the financial factors that apply to such a move which we will explore in some detail in this blog post.

Upfront Costs

Firstly, businesses need to consider the upfront costs associated with installing a solar energy system. Whilst the cost of solar panels has come down significantly in recent years, the initial investment required can still be substantial, especially for larger businesses that operate within large commercial premises. Some incentives may apply, and special commercial loans specifically for environmental projects might be available.

Your Location

If you are considering solar panels,  the location of your business is another important factor to consider when evaluating the financial feasibility of proceeding. In general, if you are located in an area with higher levels of sunlight it will generate more solar power, making solar more cost-effective. However, factors such as shading from nearby buildings or trees can also impact the amount of solar power your system can generate.

Energy Consumption

To get a sense of whether a solar energy system is financially feasible for your business, you will need to consider your current energy consumption. This includes not only your current energy usage but also any expected changes in the near future. One point to consider is whether the amount of electricity your business uses is significant enough to create bills that are large enough so the savings realised from solar energy would justify the cost of having a solar system installed.

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7 Shower Screen Ideas That Will Transform Your Bathroom

7 Shower Screen Ideas That Will Transform Your Bathroom

One of the most popular ways in which homeowners upgrade their bathrooms is with the installation of shower screens. Apart from the main benefit of no longer having to use inferior shower curtains which seem only to attract dirt and grime, and do a poor job of stopping water from getting onto the bathroom floor, shower screens are also highly attractive to the extent that they add a touch of style to your bathroom, the same way an internal glass balustrade elevates a staircase in comparison to an old fashioned wooden stair-rail.

Another huge benefit of shower screens is that there is a bountiful choice of different types and designs, all of which allow you to make your bathroom as stylish as any other room in your home. As for what those choices of shower screens are, here are seven of the most popular ideas along with a brief description of each of them to hopefully help you get closer to making your choice.

Shower Screen Idea #1 – Fully Framed

For those looking for the most robust and durable shower screens available, a framed shower screen is what you need. As its name suggests, these shower screens have the glass set in a frame making them a robust option, and safe option too. The most common materials used to make the frames are aluminium, steel, and brass.

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7 Reasons You Should Use A Professional Landscape Designer To Design Your New Garden

7 Reasons You Should Use A Professional Landscape Designer To Design Your New Garden

There are many ways in which you can have a design created for a landscaped garden, but if you want it to be done as it should so that the finished garden is one you are delighted with, then you must entrust the design to professional landscape architects. Whilst professional gardeners and others with design skills might be able to offer suggestions and tips, ultimately the design of a newly landscaped garden requires the skills and experience of landscape designers.

We are not just saying that because they are the best person for the job, but because there are several reasons why you want a landscape architect to design your new garden. To back up that statement here are seven of those reasons we hope will help to convince you that a landscape architect is who you must call upon to have your landscaped garden designed.

Reason #1 – Landscape Architects Can Generate Lots Of Design Ideas For Your New Garden

Not every homeowner is going to burst forth with tons of ideas for their garden and the good news is they do not have to. They might have some preferences but when it comes to bringing a range of ideas to the table, a landscape architect will have plenty of them based on their experience of knowing what has worked in the gardens of previous landscaping clients.

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How High Pressure Cleaning Can Remove Mould From Your Home’s Exterior

How High Pressure Cleaning Can Remove Mould From Your Home's Exterior

One of the worst organic substances that can attach itself to the exterior of your home is mould, and this is why many homeowners require the services of a high pressure cleaning company to get rid of it. One of the main reasons you need to remove mould from your home’s exterior, apart from how unsightly it makes your home look,  is that it is destructive. In addition, it can also cause several health issues too.

As for its destructive properties, mould causes issues ranging from discolouration and staining of surfaces to rotting the materials on the outside of your home to the extent that they need replacing, which could result in huge costs being incurred. One material to look out for is  limestone, as it can become plauged with mould and requires high pressure limestone cleaning to remove it.

More serious than that are the health implications of having mould growing around your home’s exterior. Mould can induce breathing difficulties and coughing, and can also irritate the eyes and the throat. It is especially troublesome for those with conditions such as asthma or allergies.

Hopefully, you will agree that mould is something which you want to eliminate as quickly as possible. Delaying or ignoring it can mean that the mould grows unfettered, and if allowed to do so, when you do eventually get around to dealing with it the damage to health and property could be significantly more serious than it would have been had you dealt with it earlier.

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6 Kitchen Design Mistakes You Must Avoid

6 Kitchen Design Mistakes You Must Avoid

When trying to design your kitchen, there are lots of things you can do to make the process and the result the best it can be. However, there are also several ways in which you not only make it more difficult for yourself but also have a design that is nowhere close to what you need or want.

We could probably create a list as long as this page contains what you should and should not do when trying to design your kitchen, but as we assume you do not wish to spend the rest of the day reading, we have kept it to just six mistakes you should avoid making when designing a kitchen.

Underestimating The Amount Of Storage Space You Need

A huge mistake is not to calculate and include in your kitchen design enough storage space. Consider organising your storage space with personalised labels to keep your new kitchen always looking neat and tidy. Apart from your current utensils, pots, pans, and the amount of food you store, you are likely to buy new items for your new kitchen so ensure that, if anything, you overestimate the storage rather than leaving yourself with not enough.

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5 Reasons Why Homeowners Absolutely Love Glass Balustrading

5 Reasons Why Homeowners Absolutely Love Glass Balustrading

If you were to carry out a survey of homeowners and ask them what their favourite improvement to their home has been, we are certain that many of them would reply that it was the installation of glass balustrading. It is also true that if you were to ask several homeowners about glass balustrading there will be some who have no idea what it is or may know it by another name

Just in case you fall into that second group, we should explain that you are more than likely to have seen glass balustrading in your office building, in public buildings you have visited or even in the homes of your friends, probably without releasing what it was called. In short, glass balustrading is a barrier system that consists of a series of glass panels, which are held in place by supports called balustrades.

Uses of glass balustrading include fencing, demarcation of interior and exterior areas, swimming pool barriers, sidings for stairs, and balcony surrounds, to name but a few. Whilst they have many commercial uses, the use of glass balustrading for the improvement of the interior and exterior of homes has grown enormously popular. Read on and you will discover why glass balustrading is loved by so many homeowners.

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Swimming Pool Designs That Stand Out

Swimming Pool Designs That Stand Out

Coming up with swimming pool designs when you’re renovating your property and installing a pool can be hard work. You might have only ever imagined having a swimming pool – not actually thinking about all the potential design options you have to choose from.

If you need a helping hand with this process, you may be able to gain inspiration from some of these design ideas below. Before long, you could be enjoying the swimming pool of your dreams.

Child-Friendly Designs

Some homeowners decide to install pools in their backyards so their children can swim as a fun pastime, especially in summer. If this is one of the main reasons you have decided to install a pool, consider the child-friendly elements your pool can include.

You might have a small shed for all their pool toys and floaties, safe decking or tiling around the outside, and a fun slide next to stairs for getting into the pool. Of course, you will also need safety measures in place, such as fences, self-closing gates, pool covers, and pool alarms.

Eye-Catching Entry

Many homeowners try their hardest to make their swimming pool blend in with their landscaping, but why not take the opposite approach? Make your pool the star of the show by creating an eye-catching entry leading to it.

Craft a stunning pathway that leads to the pool area and consider the use of strategically placed plants for symmetry. When you landscape with purpose, you may find it much easier to tie in the look of your swimming pool while also helping it to stand out in its own right.

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Designing the Best Website for your Business – What you need to know

Best-Website-for-your-Business

You need to have a good understanding of the psychology of your audience in order to deliver a meaningful experience through your website design according to the experts at Web Design Perth.

The boss at Slinky, Peter Brittain says that the human mind has a tendency to gravitate towards novelty – the unknown. Novel experiences do not just capture our attention; they are also an essential need of the human mind. We feel the pull of the world as our brain continues to seek novel experiences.

Once a new experience is known and understood, the brain wanders again to find another unknown to master. From one novel experience to another, the human brain seems to flow through the world exploring new concepts, mastering them and then setting them aside as the attention is drawn to something novel.

And all this happens within seconds!

1.      Relevance

Storytelling – The Modern Art of Learning

Your business website will be a success if only you’ll let your audience know why it is important for them to go through this information – usually portrayed through digital marketing stratergies. The learning session that you design needs to be relevant and meaningful to your audience and in order to make the information more relevant to your audience; you need to have a good understanding of their psychology.

A good way to organize information is to design it into a narrative structure. The concept of storytelling has always been one of the most critical parts of social engagement. Stories and myths are not only relatable, but are also a fun way to capture the attention of your audience.

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5 Tips To Protect Your Carpets From Damage

5 Tips To Protect Your Carpets From Damage

There are many who pay little attention to their carpets and simply replace them whenever the need arises. For others, they prefer to care for their carpets properly and with carpet cleaning are able to prolong the life of their carpets for some considerable time.

If your thinking is closer to the latter group but are unsure how you could prevent your carpets from being damaged and thus last longer, then you are in the place. Below you will find Brilliance Carpet Cleaners‘s 5 of the best tips for protecting carpets from damage and helping them stay as good as new for longer.

Tip #1: Use Rugs In Areas With The Most Foot Traffic

In every home, there are areas of the carpets that the family walk across the most. These tend to be at the main entrance, the hallway, and doorways to the main lounge or living room. It follows that if these areas are the ones with the most use, then they are the ones which visible damage to the carpet will occur first.

To protect these areas the simplest solution is to place a rug over them which will take the brunt of the wear, and if that gets to the point when the rug needs replaced, then that is easier and cheaper  than replacing all your carpets completely.

Tip #2: Use Stain Repellent

This might not be suitable for every carpet type, and before using one, always check the carpet manufacturer’s instructions. What a stain repellent does is create a protective coating on the fibres of a carpet and therefore if a liquid is spilled on it, that liquid can be blotted up more easily than if it were able to soak deep into the carpet, damaging it permanently.

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5 Ways to Make Your Web Design Look Professional

Web Design Look Professional

Everyone who decides to include a website for their business will want it to look professional. The trouble is they may not know exactly how to accomplish this. The very best way is to hire a professional digital marketing agency to do it for you, and you can look over their shoulder as it were, to make sure they include these 5 ways to make your web design look professional.

  • Clean and free of clutter is the watchword. No one wants to try and navigate through a forest where the trees are so close together they have to walk sideways. Neither do they want to work out where to go and how to get there on a website that is so cluttered they can’t see anything. A clear and clean page will make your visitor happy because they can see what they want straight away.
  • Research other websites and see what you like about them and if it works well when you try to navigate through to other pages. If you truly love some feature ask your designer if it can be incorporated into your website. In fact, copy down the URL so your designer can see for himself what you mean.
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How to Pick the Perfect Anniversary Piece

How to Pick the Perfect Anniversary Piece

It can be challenging enough to pick an engagement ring for your bride or groom to be. You have to think about metals, the setting, the diamond, and much, much more. It’s more than just your average piece of jewellery.

But what can be just as challenging is picking an anniversary gift. What are you supposed to get for the love of your life that tops a wedding or engagement ring? Here are some tips on how to select the perfect anniversary piece from www.diamondsandpearlsperth.com.au

Think About the Anniversary

How long have you been married? The number of years can dictate the type of gift or piece of jewellery you buy. For example, if you’ve been married for two years, then a necklace or bracelet with two stones in it can signify that milestone.

You can also align anniversaries with material types. For example, a sixth anniversary is iron, the seventh is copper, and the eighth anniversary metal is bronze. You may be able to incorporate these materials into your gift of choice.

Focus on a Theme

Every wedding anniversary has both traditional and modern themes. While you don’t have to follow these, they can help you choose a suitable anniversary gift for your significant other. For example, a second anniversary has a traditional gift of cotton and a modern gift of china. It also has a representing gemstone of garnet.

Many people purchase red garnets to signify a second wedding anniversary, so you’re bound to get a lot of inspiration.

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5 Reasons You Should Hire A Landscaping Designer

5 Reasons You Should Hire A Landscaping Designer

If you have been considering redeveloping your garden, and if one of the thoughts you have had was to incorporate landscaping into your plans, then we congratulate you. Landscape designs can completely transform what some would classify as an ‘ordinary garden’ into a stunning and joyful area within your property.

Where many people’s dream of having a stunning garden ends is when they sit down to try to actually design it. Turning some of the ideas you have into a viable landscape design is not always easy, and questions may arise as to whether any of your ideas can actually work out.

The solution to you giving yourself a headache trying to work it all out yourself is to pass the responsibility for the landscaping project, to a professional landscape designer. While this may obviously add some costs to the project, these should more accurately be described as an investment in the project, given all the advantages that a landscape designer can offer you, 5 of which we outline below.

They Have Knowledge and Experience

Ok, strictly speaking that is two but they both come under the umbrella of a landscape designer being someone that will know exactly how to create a viable and workable landscape design. They will be able to call on their previous experience of designs that they may have created to overcome difficult scenarios such as strange-shaped gardens or with limited space.

They will also be able to advise you on what materials might be used, confirm whether any of your own ideas are feasible, and they will also know ways in which the design can be created and implemented in the quickest way possible.

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Using A Digital Agency To Employ Your Web Design Team

Digital Agency

One of the mistakes that a new business owner often makes when employing someone to design their first website is they believe that the only person they need to hire is a ‘web designer’. It is true that you will need a designer but they are just part of the team of people you will need. The fact that you need a team of people rather than just one is why the smartest solution is to employ a digital agency like SEO Perth that specialises in services such as SEO and AdWords management.

The issue with only having a designer is that whilst they may be great at picking colours for your site, selecting images, and making it all look fantastic, you must remember they are designers, and not programmers, coders, or copywriters. These other skills will in most cases also be needed to create a great website for your business, and it is unlikely your designer will have them all to the degree that is required.

Be wary of anyone who says they are a designer, a programmer and a copywriter all rolled into one. These ‘jack of all trades’ may be better than most of us at these jobs, but they are unlikely to be expert at them. Ask yourself if you want an average or a first-class website and consider that it’s the same principle as whether you’d want a trained carpenter, electrician and plumber  to each help fit your new kitchen or one handyman who does a little bit of each but is no expert.

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Designer Smiles: Which One Would Suit You?

Designer Smiles

Do you know the differences between Dental Implants, Porcelain Veneers and Dentures? Here is an overview on how to choose what is right for you to get that designer smile!

What is a Dental implant?

A dental implant is commonly known as a titanium post (similar to a tooth root), which is surgically placed underneath the gum line (into the jawbone) to allow your dentist to mount a bridge or replacement teeth into that area. An implant does not come loose while a denture can. In many cases, dental implants can benefit general oral health since they don’t have to be attached to other teeth, compared to bridges.

How do Dental Implants Work?

Because their implants are fused to your jawbone, they often provide stable and firm support to your artificial teeth. Bridges and dentures that are mounted to implants rarely shift or slip in your mouth especially when speaking or even eating. This secure fit will helps the bridges and dentures to help you feel more natural as opposed to conventional dentures or bridges.

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10 Benefits Of Epoxy Floor Coatings

Epoxy Floor Coatings

Were we to ask 100 business owners where the floor is on their list of priorities, 100% of them would probably say that the floor is beneath everything else. That is, until there is a problem, and they then decide that as a priority they need the offending floor refinished with an epoxy floor coating.

If you are reading this because you have a floor that has become a priority or you want to find out a bit more about epoxy floors, then read on, as we are going highlight 10 of the top benefits of epoxy floor coatings.

Versatility

It could be that instead of just one floor, that you wish to use epoxy floor coatings on a number of different floors, and in different sections of your business. This is one of the great advantages of epoxy floors in that they are extremely versatile and can be used in various scenarios such as offices, receptions areas, canteens, storage areas, and production facilities.

Improves Appearance

With the huge array of options that you have with regards to designs, colours, and patterns that can be achieved with epoxy floor coatings, you will be able to make any area appear as though it has a complete refurbishment.

Durability

Apart from making a floor look better, one of the main benefits of epoxy floor coatings is their durability. This helps to protect the floor underneath, especially if it is a floor that receives a fair amount of abuse in the form of high footfall, heavy equipment being placed on them, and items being dropped on them.

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5 Ways to Light Up Your Backyard

Backyard Lighting

When you got involved in the landscape design process of your property, you probably thought about everything from plant varieties to pathways, but did you consider lighting? For a variety of reasons, backyard lighting can be an integral part of any landscape design. Read on to learn what might be worth your consideration.

Pathway Lighting

Pathways around your property should be something you can navigate safely at any time of the day or night. However, without appropriate lighting, they’re not. If you have paths leading around your home, to features, and even around the back of your property, then consider pathway lighting.

Not only does it look beautiful at night, but it provides a clear passageway for safety. What’s more, there are plenty of options available. You can opt for solar LED lights that harness their energy from the sun or 12-volt lights. Consult your local landscaping team to find out what might be the best type for you.

Security Lighting

In the 2018 to 2019 period, 231,000 Australians reported having their home broken into. While you won’t always be able to prevent that, having security lighting can undoubtedly act as a deterrent.

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5 Tips To Boost The Performance Of Your Furniture Design Studio’s Website

If you have noticed that your furniture design studio’s website has not been generating as many leads and sales as it did previously, or if you have never really been satisfied with its performance, then it might the time for you to consider giving that website a new lease of life. The professional web design experts often see clients’ returns from their website given a massive boost, simply from implementing a few updates and improvements.

By updating, we are not simply talking about the updates you might be alerted about with regards to WordPress or plugins on your website, and we are not talking necessarily about a completely new website being built. However, it does mean checking certain elements of your website are working properly, tweaking some of the design, and improving what it offers visitors. Here are 5 of these which you can implement relatively quickly and easily.

Check Your Website’s Functionality Regularly

Nothing will cause a visitor to click away from your website faster than either it loading too slowly, or when there is obviously something malfunctioning within the website. Not only do you lose that potential client, probably forever, but visitors clicking away immediately are noticed by Google, and it is one of the problems which they will use to push down the ranking of your website. It is therefore prudent to regularly check all the functions of your website including its load speed.

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How Can Glass Pool Fencing Design Improve Your Quality Of Life?

Glass Pool Fencing Design

Choosing the right landscaping elements for your lifestyle is extremely important when it comes to making sure that you’re living the best life possible. People throughout Australia include swimming pools in their landscape plan, which means that they need to include at least some form of pool fencing.

A lot of people would agree that glass pool fencing is probably the best option out of all the different pool fence styles. Glass pool fences are stylish, relatively easy to maintain and keep clean and very durable. When used right, they will almost certainly improve your quality of living.

But how can they do this?

A Glass Pool Fence Will Open Up Your Yard

One of the best things about glass fences is the feeling of space that they offer. Traditional pool fences that are made out of plastic or metal effectively enclose a section of your yard, which can make it seem like you’ve got less space than you actually do.

If you’re backyard is already small, a solid fence can block out some of the light, making your yard appear dull and shaded. This can lead to feelings of depression and anxiety, especially in winter when the weather is naturally grey. Using a glass fence will help your yard be as open as possible, letting more light in and brightening up your life.

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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Bridesmaid Robes

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Bridesmaid Robes

If there’s one thing that you can’t forget to do when planning your wedding with your bridesmaids – it’s organising bridesmaid robes. These are gifts that are often given from the bride to the bridesmaids and are sometimes customised for each bridal party member. But what do you need to know before you buy one? Read on to find out.

Who Buys the Robes?

There can often be some confusion over who organises and purchases bridesmaid robes. Some people say it’s a job for the maid of honour, while others say it’s on the bride’s shoulders. In most cases, this job falls to the bride.

These robes are often specially chosen to suit the wedding style and be a memorable gift. They are also something that looks stunning in photo ops and pre-wedding events like manicure sessions.

When Do You Give the Bridesmaids Their Robes?

Any time you like! However, there are some popular windows of opportunity that brides seem to take. Some preorganise the robes to “pop the question” to their chosen bridesmaids about asking them to take on the role.

Other brides give them the day before the wedding, at the rehearsal dinner, or even the bachelorette party.

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How Gum Contouring Can Enhance Your Smile

How Gum Contouring Can Enhasmilence Your Smile

While most people visit their favourite dentist primarily for the well-being of their teeth, it should be noted that gums are equally crucial to oral health. If your gums are unhealthy, it can create even more significant issues than one or two teeth that might have cavities.

It is more than likely that most people consider their smiles. It is their teeth that they think about most. This is why a massive demand for cosmetic dentistry exists, which whitens, repairs, replaces and straightens teeth. However, given that every person’s gumline is different, dentists are increasingly demanding to carry out cosmetic work on gums, too.

Before we go further, it has to be made clear that the scope of cosmetic dentistry concerning teeth is much wider than for gums. For teeth, there is a multitude of cosmetic procedures that can be undertaken. These include relatively simple processes, such as whitening, to more complex ones, like ceramic crowns being fitted. You can even have tattoos attached to your teeth to get artistic.

For procedures related to gums that might improve your smile, the main one is gum contouring, also known in dental circles as gingivoplasty or gingival sculpting. What gum contouring effectively does is resculpt and reshape your gumline.

Gum contouring can be done for medical reasons whereby your dentist feels it is necessary to treat conditions such as periodontal disease. This is a severe infection of the gums that occurs due to the building of bacteria on the teeth and gums, and if left untreated, it can damage your teeth and jawbone.

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