As the summer heat continues, many of us turn to air conditioning, but that’s an expensive decision. According to consumer advocate CHOICE, a large air conditioning system will add $530 a year to your power bill, while a ceiling fan will cost $30 a year to run.
Dear Lifehacker, Since it is scorching hot here in Melbourne, I need some tips on how we can keep ourselves cool — particularly if you are currently renting and you are not allowed to install any air conditioning! Thanks, IHate40Degrees
It’s nearly summer and the music festivals are about to start. If you hit a festival, you might find you’re asked to buy drinks tickets or tokens rather than paying at the bar directly. Is that a useful way to speed up service, or a major hassle?
If wall-to-wall TV broadcasts of cricket over summer aren’t enough for you, Cricket Australia has the solution: its own YouTube channel for even more leather-and-willow goodness. The channel’s currently dominated by background information on current players and recent activities, but Cricket Australia is promising more archive footage in the future. Crciket Australia @ YouTUbe
Telstra’s Whereis map service has added information on 300 Australian beaches from Surf Life Saving Australia, including whether the beach is patrolled and an overall safety rating. The data can be accessed via Whereis-based GPS systems, or on the Whereis site — though the navigation to find individual beaches from the master list is pretty awkward. Despite that minor glitch, it’s potentially useful information when you’re planning summer beach trips. Whereis