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    South Australia
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    Too many to mention.

    Consequently I'm not much chop at any of them, but I do enjoy myself
  1. For those still wondering how you actually get your hands on the Credit you have. The process is quick and simple once you ring your local supplier, (13 1245 for those of us with AGL in the Port Augusta area) and then get past the computer generated questions. You will need your Account number as provided by your supplier, which is found on your Bill, and if you chose to have the credit transferred into your bank account, your BSB and Account numbers, otherwise the only alternative is to have a cheque sent to you in the mail, but not having used this alternative I'm not sure of what that entails other than the obvious Name and Cheque account details. The credit will be transferred within a few business days.
  2. Maybe I'm poking my finger in my own eye when I say this, but I feel that it should be said never the less. Twenty years or so ago when Seamen like myself were complaining of loss of real disposable income, we were told by various Industry and Commercial groups that, "This is the way the world is going, you now have to compete in a global market", (with Seamen from places like India and Poland who were willing to work for what amounted to, subsistence wages in their own countries). No one would say a word in our defence, nor give us an ounce of support, now the problem has at long last risen up the chain and is nipping at the heals of our retailers. Many once gainfully employed persons like myself no longer have incomes that allow us to buy locally. Eventually it will be a problem for our Government, as taxpayer numbers and incomes fall and those who remain are expected by the government to pay more and more of the tax burden. Forgive me, if I find it very hard not to smirk, just a little.
  3. Talking to a person who knows all these things the other day and he told me that power is sold by the generators, to the major distributors at $38 - $1200 a megawatt/hr, depending on supply and demand. He also told me that "fiddling" with the market (artificially driving up prices) by scheduling downtime of power plants. or having convenient breakdowns, is not unknown. In fact, if I caught his drift correctly, I'd say that he was implying that it is pretty much standard practice.
  4. If you can, move to the country, the lifestyle is to die for. It seems to me that this is the price we have to pay for living in the cities and large centres, especially those who want to live in a "show home" or posh suburb. The price differential is making it such that it's impossible to buy in the city unless you've lived there for many years and had a "good" job. we paid $3500 for a 14 square stone cottage, that today would have had an HIA order placed on it. Over the years we added new wet areas, filled in an old underground tank and opened up the old kitchen over that area making it into a Kitchen dining area. I've done almost nothing to the outside as it appears every time you make visible improvements they jack up the value of your house and land for rate purposes. It's still not large, and if it lacks only one thing it would be storage space, although this has been overcome since the kids left home. It's very comfortable, we have almost free heat in the colder months, and evaporative air conditioning that works really well in our dry climate. You can live cheaply and very comfortably in the country. It is possibly the one major benefit of rural living.
  5. Yes, I've been watching the news where the regulatory body has confirmed that most of the recent price rises are nothing more than price gouging.
  6. Yes, I agree 100% I dunno what is wrong with our Pollies,.... or some of the taxpayers. Maybe I'm an idiot, but to me it seemed like a no-brainer, we all know that our system is overloaded at peak times, and the utility companies are now all owned by private enterprise who don't want to spend the shareholders money to up grade their now failing infrastructure. By me installing a solar system I am both reducing my own daylight load and a source of some locally generated power for others. Our town has a very high proportion of solar installations, and I can't honestly say if that is the reason, but, since this all occurred we have not had a single power outage due to overload. I am also a great believer in wind power and have declared that fact on our local website, to the great dismay of some. Here:
  7. Personally, as far as politicians are concerned, I'd gladly line them up one behind the other and "gut shoot" the lot of them. Farmers get subsidies, developers get cheap land, first home owners get subsidies and cheap loans,... and this time I laid out a lot of money (for me) and so far, it looks like it might pay off, so forgive me but I'm gunna hang onto it with both hands.
  8. You sound bitter?
  9. Yesterday we received our Power Bill, twelve months after having had our solar system installed. Not only have we had free power for the last 12 months, our excess has paid the supply charges and given us a $703.90 credit. This equates to a 17% return on our investment. Now I have to contact our supplier (AGL) and ask how we go about having the excess transferred into our Bank account as even though it's hardly a princely sum, I'd rather it earn interest for me than them.
  10. So long as they continue to place their faith in God, and refuse to face the hard facts, they are firmly committed to the downhill road.
  11. You betcha,... I find it great to "get me going"
  12. For the few minutes that a bush fire takes to pass you could simply shut the door(s) the volume of air inside is considerable and it would take many hours sealed up for the air quality to deteriorate significantly.I'd try not to have too many levels, as I dislike homes with stairs, having lived in one as a child, however, Bunga bunga parties would not be out of the question.
  13. I guess we're just an imaginative lot. This underground home idea has been an obsession with me for almost as long as I've given thought to where I'd really like to live. It's only the lack of time and money that has stopped me, I even have the site picked out
  14. Having once been a part time gold mine owner and operator, realising that heating and cooling are a complete non event underground, I've always dreamt of an underground home on a moderately high hilltop or ridge,.. I don't like the thought of low lying underground homes in the event of heavy rain and local flooding. I've never been fussed about having home with "a view", you only look at it for the first week or so, and then ignore it. Adding new rooms or enlarging present ones is no problem, and think of it, there's no need to tell the council what you are up to as you are well away from prying eyes. Bush fires are no great worry either.
  15. No,.. no, no, no, don't go,... stay and fight the good fight.