Getting the best deals for you and your family on your Mobile Phones, Broadband and Pay TV can be very confusing and frustrating. We found that the guys at WhistleOut have come up with a great website that takes all the frustration away and lets you find the perfect plans.
Another website that we found easy to use was youcompare.com.au This site also lets you compare plans for Broadband, Gas and Electricity, Health and Life Insurance, Pay TV and even home loans.
The individual impact each person has on the environment is a personal one and the guidelines below allow you to choose what is best for you to make it a ‘greener’ and safer place for you and the environment. Being green also cuts down the financial waste!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Look for Bargains
This mantra has been used for years however it is only now we realise it’s true importance. In fact since the 70’s when this phrase first surfaced it seems we have gone backwards in our commitment. There seems to be more packaging, ‘throw out’ products and more commercial waste than ever! Never the less it’s a good time to start again and remember to reduce your waste and shop around to save money:
- Use cost effective equipment when choosing computers, printers and office photocopiers – check star ratings and if you’re looking to buy check out the seasonal sales. Pre-and-post Christmas sales are a good time to buy cheap computers, while other tech supplies often get cheaper in the run up to the end of the financial year in June. Don’t forget to check out the Deal Sites that also have great tech bargains through the year. You really don’t need to pay full price for anything ‘techy’!
- Use the computers energy saving functions and turn off at the Wall at night (check you don’t automatic update at night)
- The better care you take of your equipment, the more likely you are to sell it at a good price. Keep the original packaging, cords, instructions etc.
- Only upgrade when you need to – not when you think you should be keeping up appearances
- Don’t bother with extended warranties – you have rights without them[box] Australian Consumer Law and your rights
A customer’s rights and abilities to seek reparations for faulty products are covered in Australia by the Australian Consumer Law, which covers all states and territories and regulates fair trading and consumer protection.
What consumers need to know is that warranties issued by manufacturers do not restrict a customer’s rights – they don’t override or limit the Australian Consumer Law, and just because your warranty has expired or a fault isn’t covered by the manufacturer, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not entitled to assistance or compensation from a retailer under Australian legislation.
The law states that:
Consumers have the right to ask for a repair, replacement or refund for goods that are faulty, unsafe, look unacceptable or don’t work the way that they’re supposed to.
Australian consumers are entitled to a refund or replacement for a major failure and compensation for any other reasonably unexpected loss or damage.
Consumers are also entitled to have goods repaired or replaced if they are not of acceptable quality, even if there is no major failure. For minor issues, businesses may choose whether to repair, refund or replace the faulty item, and any repairs must happen within a ‘reasonable time frame’. For major problems, consumers are given the choice between a replacement or a full refund.[/box]
- Buying refurbished computers etc will save you a bundle. Visit this page to see
- Recycle office paper by using it as scrap, shredding for packaging, printing on both sides if possible and printing in draft mode
- Refill ink cartridges, print in draft mode
- Don’t use plastic bags
- Use recycled printing paper
- Reduce the packaging when sending products
- Use your heating, cooling and lighting efficiently
- Supply recycling bins in your office
- Save files electronically, rather than printing out a hard copy
- Use rechargeable batteries
- Don’t use paper cups – use your own
- Use your scanner or an eFax service instead of the old fax machine. Saves paper, toner and power