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Let Your Utility Bills Conserve The Environment

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Man happy with his low utility billsIn the face of significant climatic changes and global warming challenges, the fate of the planet hinges on sustainable living. This means lowering the activities that lead to further damage to the natural resources. Similarly, you should work to eliminate activities that pose a challenge to the delicate nature balance. Other than embracing recycling as a way of life, you can opt to make efficient systems that lower your water consumption. This can apply in both domestic and commercial settings.

Eliminate power wastage

In the face of sky-rocketing energy bills, you can make quite a saving if you work towards making your commercial facility green. Such a move entails improving the insulation capacity and increasing the amount of natural light in the facility. Again, use of energy saving LED lighting system keeps the building well lit at all times while lowering power consumption. For the best results, you can ensure your recycling systems use little or no power at all. By liaising with an expert service, you can install commercial greywater systems that do not serve to pad your energy bills. Such a move bears the double advantage of saving on both water and electricity bills.

Eliminate wasteful use of water

Water conservation remains an enigma concern, with many people having the wrong impression about the entire exercise. Many individuals assume that it can lower the quality of life, but this cannot be further from the truth. In most cases, it only entails embracing systems that make efficient use of water without compromising your comfort. For instance, replacing the traditional toilets with new commercial flushometer models lower water consumption by as much as 80 percent. The earlier models use up to 20 litres a flush while the latter versions use 4.8 litres. This translates into quite a saving on your water bills as well, especially when operating a large facility.

With some effort you can keep your utility bills low while conserving the environment. These useful pointers can set you in the right direction and help save the world from warming temperatures.


Why You Should Take That Much-Needed Time Off

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Red beach chairs on the beach Everybody dreams of going on a holiday and taking their much-deserved vacation. The thought of traveling itself can make anyone feel a surge of adrenaline and excitement. The thing is, many people end up having these desires unsatisfied since they can’t push through. In many cases, the culprit is the budget.

Don’t let your dream vacation go down the drain. South Bend International Airport says that there are many ways you can push through with your plans, especially now that you can find affordable flights in the city. And with the many weekends a year has, you have all the more reason to take that trip.

Decompress and relieve yourself of stress

Studies show that stressing and worrying over situations have a negative impact on your overall health — making you feel physically exhausted, upsetting your digestion, and messing with your concentration. When you’re on vacation, you’ll feel these unhealthy emotions inside of you dissipating. You’ll feel relieved and happy from having time for yourself or with friends and loved ones

Come back with fully recharged batteries

Rejuvenating is the key to living a longer, healthier life. Not having time to do this will lead to the early development and onset of health problems. It won’t take long before you feel tired and fatigued — physically and mentally.

Take the time to recharge your mind and body. Getting away for even a weekend from your usual hectic schedule is enough to give yourself a full recharge. As an added bonus, feeling rejuvenated will positively impact the output you produce at work.

Again, you don’t have to spend a huge chunk of your savings to take a great, memorable, and decompressing vacation. Even if you’d have to spend some money for it, all the health benefits you’ll enjoy are truly worth it.


4 Fun Activities Your Family Will Love

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Family on a Nature WalkIf you’ve been looking for ways to enjoy more fun moments with your family and strengthen your relationships, here are a few creative ideas you may want to try out.

Plan activities together

As much as possible, include everyone in the planning for your next family activities. For instance, let your kids have a say in the choice of your next holiday destination. Allowing all family members participate in planning helps everyone enjoy the activities. Riding on pontoon boats is a fun family activity you may want to include in your plans. Dandrboats.com recommends checking out companies in your area that offer quality ones you can use in this activity.

Go for a nature walk as a family

Taking a stroll down a shoreline or in a park gives you a golden opportunity to have fun, talk, and enjoy each other’s company. Moreover, you need not spend money on such activities. Pack a few snacks, grab a few soft drinks and head down a nature trail as a family. Spend time enjoying the fresh air and the serenity surrounding you.

Volunteer as a family

Volunteering is a fantastic opportunity to spend time with your family in a productive way. People that love to volunteer tend to be happier and more satisfied compared to those that don’t. Sign up for volunteering activities regularly and increase the opportunities for family bonding.

Start a family business together

Come up with simple family business ideas and get everyone to take part. For instance, you can decide to set up a fruit stand or conduct a garage sale. These activities are not only a lot of fun, but they also provide the perfect opportunity for your kids to learn crucial entrepreneurial skills such as planning, goal setting, and pricing.

There is a host of fun activities that you can take part in as a family. Once you involve everyone in deciding what to do as a family, even seemingly simple activities can turn out to be enjoyable for everyone.


Exploring Batam: What to See and Experience

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BatamAre you looking for things to do while in Batam, one of the closest islands to Singapore from Indonesia? You may have visited this place for business and may not consider it a holiday destination, but this little place has several attractions that are worth a look, whether on a short or long vacation.

Barelang Bridges

These six bridges are one of the iconic landmarks and feats of engineering of Batam; its name “Barelang” is an abbreviated form of the names of three islands, which are Batam, Rempang and Galang. These structures connect the small island of Tonton Nipah to its larger counterparts in Setoko, Rempang, Galang Baru and Galang. The combined length of the bridges is around 2 kilometres; travelling from the first one to the last one is about 20 minutes. The most impressive and popular is the Fisabilillah Bridge that links Tonton Island and Batam.

Temple Hopping

Some of the attractions in Batam include temples, says WOW Getaways; you will most likely see two kinds, which are Buddhist or Hindu. One of the most famous is Tua Pek Kong Temple or also known as Buddhu Bhakti. Locals visit it every day for their daily prayers and offerings, but it is also open to guests. The Adhi Vinayakar Hindu Temple is also another noteworthy destination; this attraction is in Sei Ladi Hills. Hindu worshipers visit this sacred place from different parts of the island.

One of the main attractions is Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple; this is near the Batam Centre ferry terminal. Visitors and devotees will see statues of Buddha, Goddess of Mercy and Guan Gong when they explore the different chambers.

Beach Fun

The beaches of Batam have their own distinct personalities. The two most famous are near the Waterfront City or along the Nongsa Coast. Visitors have several options for activities, which include windsurfing, snorkelling, canoeing, speed boating, parasailing and others.

This part of Indonesia has several other places to see, discover and experience; you only get to scratch the surface with the things on this list.


Two Super Simple Ways to Get a Super Holiday on a Weekend

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Whale WatchingYou spend weekends lounging at home, taking walks around the neighbourhood and doing nothing. After all, you deserve the non-active weekend following a stressful week at work. You need this weekend to ‘top up’ lost energy reserve, and recharge your mind and body so you avoid taking sick days. Your routine, though, is becoming dull and you feel like doing something else.

Here are two effortless ways to experience a great holiday on a weekend:

1. Don’t stay indoors

By all means, catch up on sleep and stay in bed longer on a Saturday or Sunday. But that doesn’t mean you should lie down all day. While appealing, it can sap more energy and lead to a sedentary lifestyle on weekends, which can bring about chronic diseases.

Rather than turn into a couch potato, go for a hike or spend some time in the park. Get as much fresh air and sunlight as possible. After a week spent behind your desk in a building, your mind and body will appreciate the outdoors.

2. Do a one-day holiday

Think of it as a mini holiday. Instead of waiting months before you take a trip, look up activities that you can enjoy for an entire day. Go to museums around your city and rediscover contemporary art.

Book a whale watching cruise and marvel at majestic whales. Western Australia is a good place to go for these tours because humpback whales migrate to the area around June. While in WA, you can also head to Penguin Island for more spectacular wildlife viewing.

Other mini holiday ideas include an overnight stay at a seaside villa, a drive through scenic Great Ocean Road with a stopover at surf mecca Bells Beach and a simple gastronomic odyssey of Australia’s best restaurants in your area.

You have multiple options to spend a better, grander weekend than staying at home. If you’re able, take a quick trip out of the city. If not, explore parts of your city you have never visited.

A mini holiday will do your mind and body some good. And when Monday comes around, you’re ready for another week-long ‘battle’ with paperwork, projects and meetings.


3 Ways to Prepare for Your Ski Vacation

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Ski Vacation in Vail

Ski Vacation in VailOne of the best ways to enjoy the holiday season is going on a vacation with your whole family or closest friends. Enjoying some downtime with the people you love and not thinking about your responsibilities even for a few days can give you the much-deserved break you need.

If you’re planning a ski weekend for this year’s holiday treat, here are some things you must do to prepare for it:

Book in Advance

Ski resorts can be fully booked quickly during the holiday season because this is the time when everybody is away from work. That’s why it’s best if you book your trip now (or much better if you’ve already booked it). This way, you can still get a discount for being an early bird and you don’t have to be stuck with the last rooms or a resort that isn’t your first choice.

Pack the Right Clothes

As you’re going to be exposed to the cold, you need to pack winter clothes to keep yourself warm and comfortable throughout your stay. Buy ski clothes in Vail stores that are waterproof, so melting snow won’t penetrate through your clothing and make them wet and cold. If you’re planning to try skiing or snowboarding, rent the gear at the resort instead of buying your own because they can be quite costly.

Prepare Your Body

Ski resorts offer tutorials for people who want to learn how to ski. What most people don’t realize is that this snow sport can be difficult. That’s why if you want to learn, you need to condition your body by working out and doing some cardio weeks before your scheduled trip. This will help you increase your endurance so you won’t get any muscle cramps while learning how to ski.

Follow this guide to be more prepared during your ski trip with your loved ones this holiday season.


Sugar Tax: What’s In It for the Brits?

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Sugar TaxThe Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, recently unveiled a ‘sugar tax’ in an attempt to relieve the growing rates of dental caries in Britain’s younger population. Will it make even an iota of difference or will it be just an added burden for consumers whose diet includes sugary beverages, such as fizzy drinks and fruit juices?

A recent government survey revealed that a large percentage of children aged 5-8 years show visible signs of tooth decay. Many teenagers and adults have lost one or more teeth due to poor oral hygiene and increased consumption of sugary drinks. Even Enhancedental agrees that the number of Garforth patients visiting a practice for dental implants could be reduced if children will learn how to take care of their teeth at a young age.

The Government, along with different dental organisations in the UK, keep launching programmes geared towards prevention of the growing problem in children’s oral health. First Smiles, an initiative of The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) members, is a good example.

George Osborne saw the potential benefits of imposing tax on sugary drinks. He believes this might help reduce the number of children with dental caries. People have varying opinions regarding this matter. When thinking whether sugar tax is beneficial or not, they ask themselves the same question: What’s in it for me?

For the Manufacturers

In the next two years, manufacturers of sugary drinks will pay sugar tax based on the volume of beverages they produce or import. This could mean a huge increase in operational expenses.

For the Government

Mr Osborne said the sugar tax could raise £520 million per year and the revenue will fund different sports programmes in schools.

For the Consumers

Whilst many people support the idea of imposing tax on sugary drinks, consumers show signs of dismay and disapproval. This is mainly because the sugar tax will trigger product price increases.

Some people say the sugar tax would benefit the entire British population in the long run, whilst others remain sceptical. For now, all we can do is focus on the bright side and encourage our children to reduce their consumption of or avoid sugary drinks. After all, this is good for their teeth and their overall health as well.


When in the Gold Coast: 4 Romantic Date Ideas You Will Love

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gold coastIn Australia, the Gold Coast is considered the adventure hub. With its pristine beaches and plenty of water parks, you can spend a week in the city and still feel you have more things to try and explore. The Gold Coast, however, also offers more than just adventure. If you want to impress your date, the city has the perfect spots for you.

It does not have to be Valentine’s Day to surprise your special someone. Whether it is your first date or you want to celebrate your wedding anniversary, here are a few date ideas you can try:

Breakfast Date

Skip the usual evening dates. Rather, start your romantic day with a good breakfast. You will have a more pleasant time with your date when you start it early. You are still full of energy and eager to spend the whole day with him or her. Fortunately, you can never run out of best breakfast options in the Gold Coast, as long as you know the places that serve them.

Biking

Biking may not be your first idea as a date, but it has its benefits. Experts say that exercising together can increase your emotional bond. Apart from achieving your fitness goals, biking together is a great way to spend quality time with your special someone.

Couple Massage

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, you can unwind and connect as a couple with a massage. Indulge and treat yourself with these therapeutic pampering. You might even get a discount through a couples’ package, if you are tight in budget.

Sailing Cruise

At the end of the day, you can enjoy the skyline and relax as you dine on a sailing cruise. Watch the sun set as go through the wonderful day you have had together.

The Gold Coast has the perfect spots to celebrate love with your special someone. Consider these pointers and surprise your date with a day filled with love and fun.


4 Romantic Stopovers for You & Your Special Someone in Singapore

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Marina Bay Sands Light and Water Show

Marina Bay Sands Light and Water ShowLooking for a romantic getaway for you and your loved one? The Lion City, with her lights and beautiful sceneries, is littered with stop-overs worthy of your sighs.

Apart from its shops and bright streets, Singapore is also one of the top romantic getaways for couples on their honeymoon, vacation or simple dates. Whether you’re searching for the finest hotel, relaxing spa treatments or restaurant, the city has it all for you.

You and your loved one will never run out of things to do in beautiful Singapore. If you’re looking for the most romantic night of your life, here are 4 stopovers for you and your special someone:

Start the Day at the Halia Restaurant

Start your morning with a sumptuous breakfast at the Halia Restaurant. The place is located at the heart of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Apart from the delicious menu, the restaurant is romantic in all aspects. After your breakfast, take a stroll along the National Orchid Garden.

Watch the Lights at the Marina Bay Sands Light and Water Show

Spend the night enjoying the light show from Marina Bay Sands. The MBS light show is a spectacular lights and water display that wows the audience with lasers and fire geysers. The show begins at 8 and 9:30 PM on weeknights and lasts for about 13 minutes.

The best part? It’s FREE. The show is held outside the Shoppes of Marina Bay Sands. Nothing spells romance better than a quiet stroll along the river filled with beautiful lights.

Drop By the Singapore Flyer

Take your date to the next level aboard the Singapore Flyer. This 42-story high Ferris wheel sits at the heart of the Marina Centre. Its 30-minute rotation gives visitors a beautiful view of the city and its historical landmarks. One rotation costs $33.

Be Immersed in Nature at the Gardens by the Bay

Take a walk along bloom-filled paths at Singapore’s state of the art Gardens by the Bay. This romantic stopover exhibits native and exotic plants and also comes with man-made mountain biome, water-conserving Supertrees and a series of nature trails.

The Gardens are located near the Marina Bay Sands. Visiting the outdoor gardens is free while entrance to the conservatories costs between SGD $8 and $28.

Bring your special someone to Singapore for a day filled with nothing but romance.


This is How You Can Save Money on Your Queensland Trip

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ApartmentSo, you have plans to visit Queensland for your next holiday. You probably have begun searching and comparing hotel rates and packages, hoping to score a great deal and have enough money left to have fun in the suburb’s entertainment district. Before you hit on that ‘Pay Now’ button though, you should know that there is one more accommodation option you may have not explored yet.

You should know that hotels are not the only Fortitude Valley accommodation options you have: apartments are all over the suburb. Many, if not most, of these lodging types offer not only a pretty alternative to hotel rooms, they are also less expensive.

If you are still wondering why choosing such an apartment is better than a hotel room, M&A Apartments shares the benefits of this option below:

1. Pay Considerably Less

The biggest benefit of renting out an apartment is its affordability. A lower price is almost always expected without the need to worry about compromising quality and comfort.

2. Say Goodbye to Not-So-Cheap Hotel Employee Tips

When you rent out an apartment in Fortitude Valley, you are not going to encounter dozens of hotel employees who are assigned to help you out. In other words, you won’t have to keep on spending money on tipping hotel employees.

3. Get to Cook Your Own Meals, Brisbane Style

Most apartments in the suburb are equipped with all the necessary kitchen appliances, gadgets, and utensils. This means that you do not have to constantly depend on restaurants, fast foods, or even street foods just to curb that hunger. You can simply go to the market, buy fresh ingredients, and cook your meals, Brisbane style.

Whether you are going to be alone or with the entire family on a Queensland trip, choosing this kind of accommodation over a hotel room (or several rooms) is definitely going to save you money.