House Lighting Tip #1

CFL light bulb

Save Money with your light bulbs. How can you do this? By using Compact Flourescent Lights. These light bulbs differ from the normal Incandescent Bulbs, which glow by heating a tiny coil of Tungsten wire, in that they glow using Mercury Vapor.

These light bulbs (which look like the picture on the left) are a very energy efficient way to light certain areas of your house. I say certain areas because these bulbs are only really cost effective when used in lights that stay on for 3-4 hours or more at a time. Here are some interesting facts about these bulbs:

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More info for your lawn

Here’s an interesting article I read that supplements my previous post about Planting Grass.

Some of the highlights from the article are:


“Climate: Make sure you choose the right type of grass for your climatic zone – enquire at your nearest nursery.

Budget: You won’t only have to cough up for water and fertiliser, as well as petrol or electricity for the lawn mower – the prices of various grass types can also vary greatly, especially if you want to plant instant lawn. Find out if the price includes the delivery and planting of the lawn.”

Planting method:

“Sow: This is the most economical way, provided that you are patient and keep the soil moist at all times. The seeds should germinate within four to seven days and after four to six weeks there will be a profusion of green blades…”
“Plugs or runners: This method is slightly more expensive than sowing but works especially well during the rainy season and all year round in areas with a mild climate, provided that enough water is available.”
“Sods: This is the most expensive method but it is the easiest and fastest way to produce a new lawn. Bear in mind that, for all three methods, the soil has to be prepared thoroughly because, unlike with an ordinary plant bed, you only get one chance to do it properly…”


My absolute FAVOURITE bit of this article is as follows:

“If you are having a new house built, insist that any topsoil in the proximity of the construction work is removed and kept to one side before it can be polluted by cement and rubble. The building contractor should remove all rubble before the topsoil is returned. This process is not negotiable and should be part of the building contract.”


This article can be read in it’s entirety at

Pachira Aquatica – Money Tree

UPDATE: After having had my tree (the one in the photo) for almost 10 years now, I’ve added a few items to the bottom of this post. You should see them in red.

The Pachira Aquatica money tree plant is a plant/tree that will do any new homeowner proud.

Pachira Money Tree Plant

Also known as the “Pachira Aquatica“, the Money Tree is a very hardy tree that can vary in size from small Bonsai to 7 feet tall… It will grow in lots of light AND low light. Being well watered, or not very well watered (though don’t OVER water it).

Because of these features, this plant can be an indoor house plant, as well as a tree kept at the office.
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Varnishing or Sealing your Wood

A great tip for a good first impression by a visitor is to Varnish your wooden doors. ESPECIALLY your garage doors if your visitors will see them when they arrive. (My guests have to park outside my garage doors).

Of course, Varnishing is not always what needs to be done. A better option is Sealing the wood. I used something called an “Exterior Gloss Sealer” by Woodoc. Here are the properties for the Sealer I used (from

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