Finance

Keeping heating costs down

As the mercury drops, households should think carefully when buying a new heater and use it wisely. Efficiency expert Paul Myors from power company Ausgrid, says it’s important to compare the costs of different heating options.

“Portable electric heaters like bar radiators or fan heaters are cheap to buy, but can cost hundreds of dollars to run during winter. Expect to spend more on electricity in one week from using a personal fan heater than the cost of the heater itself,” he said.

Ausgrid research shows 80% of households overheat their homes.

Executive Diary

August 28, 1962 was the day Martin Luther King delivered the ‘I have a dream’ speech, universally recognised as one of the profound orations of the 20th century.
 
With an audience of several hundred thousand people in Washington, history shows it was visionary and a contributor to reshaping American society.
 

Executive Diary

As nature took centre stage, reminding us of its capacity to change lives, proposals to completely alter the aged care landscape for decades ahead were released. Welcome to 2011 and this was only January!

Executive Diary

Certainty...
 
At all stages of life we yearn for certainty – consciously or otherwise it provides comfort for the present as well as what lies ahead. It is a climate that is particularly significant as we approach or enter post-employment years.
 
Indeed much energy is expended in planning for retirement to provide that certainty.

Keeping It Sweet

Navigating aged care is a nightmare. Discovering how much it’ll cost if you’re a self funded retiree is even scarier. Lawyer Margaret Arthur does the sums.
 
If life were a pantry, aged care would probably be stuck on the bottom shelf somewhere behind the cider vinegar and dried mung beans. Somewhere out of sight and out of mind.

Executive Diary

Past months have seen much attention on matters financial, revealing the impact of old and new on consumers. Interestingly, for all the advances in technology some old practices continue to present a great threat to vulnerable consumers.
 

Executive Diary

Early work experience attracted me to the positives that competition can bring, whether in life, sport, business, even politics (okay, the latter can be hard to recognize). The positives rely heavily on a marketplace operating with equal power whether competing with a like participant or in pursuit of consumers.
 

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