Nelson Leader : April 11th 2013
29 THE NELSON LEADER, APRIL 11, 2013 NEWS 5283716AA 5283811AA ADVERTISING FEATURE Active • Power your home or office via the sun. • Sell your surplus energy back to your electrical provider. Heat pumps • Winter's coming! • Book now for heat pump install or service Showroom: 34 Beach Road, Richmond. 03 541 0680 www.ActiveSolar.co.nz 5294536AA Get Active and go Solar With power prices rising, it's timely to generate your own electricity with Active Solar's Photovoltaic (Solar Power) panels. Photovoltaic or PV panels absorb photons from the sun, converting them into electricity for powering homes, businesses and industrial premises. An added bonus is that surplus power can be on-sold. Long established Richmond-based Active Solar owner Jeff Coulson says PV panels can be installed new or retro-fitted in a few days, usually mounted on the roof of the home or building, and tailored to meet all budgets. If building new, a pre-wire stage kit is available to make the building solar ready. Active Solar handles all the necessary paperwork as part of its service. "Installing a PV system connected to the main grid means you can heavily supplement your current electrical bill. You save money and increase the value of your property by making it more sustainable," says Jeff. He's already installed PV panels at Active Solar and is reaping the benefits. PV panels are maintenance free, can be dismantled and moved to a new location and the majority include a 25 year warranty, plus a guarantee to produce at least 70 percent of the panel's output during this time. PV system sizes begin at 1.5KW, which produces about 2100kw per year or one quarter of the average household's yearly energy used. Future proof your home today. Phone Jeff on (03) 541 0680 or email email@example.com Treat your garden to a tidy up, Al Fresco style If you have trees that are overhanging footpaths, blocking sunlight or need removing, now's the time to get Al Fresco Garden and Property Maintenance on the job. From trimming to complete removal and stump grinding, Al Fresco has the tools and the staff to tidy up your garden. They'll even do it while you're away on holiday "If you have a problem tree in your back yard or an unsightly stump that you have to mow around, we can cut the tree down, chip the cuttings and either put it back on your garden or remove it if you don't want it," says Wendy Neame. The Al Fresco team is also happy to save sizeable pieces for firewood and then grind the stump out, so you can re-plant the area with a new plant. They also trim trees around windows, to let more light in, and overhanging street frontages. Al Fresco can tailor-make a package to suit any budget, and is happy to call and see you to go over your requirements. It now also offers an inexpensive weeding service. Locally owned and operated, the company has experienced staff and full insurance cover, along with numerous references from satisfied customers. Al Fresco is also an authorised installer for Durafence. Phone 03 544 0444 to discuss your garden and property needs. • Landscaping • Pre-Sale Garden Tidy Up • Lawn Care & Mowing • Gardening • Weed Control • Hedge Trimming • Green Waste Removal • Section Clearing • Handyman Services • Chipping/Shredding of greenwaste • Stump Grinding Specialist mowing for rough, overgrown or steep areas Contact us today! Andrew and Wendy Neame 021 255 6163 | (03) 544 0444 A/H | Al.firstname.lastname@example.org | www.al-fresco.co.nz 5283885AA Brighten your home with Full House Adding style and colour to your living environment is easy with a visit to Full House in Bridge Street, Nelson. Full House is brimming with all manner and styles of furniture, homewares and gifts, with more delightful buys arriving daily. Colour is big heading into autumn and winter and -- in addition to more classic neutrals - Full House has a huge array of brightly hued cushions, throws, rugs and accessories. From purples to plums, limes to brunt orange, Mediterranean turquoise to ravishing reds, there's a colour and option to suit all tastes. Create a whole new look if you want. Full House stocks a variety of decorating styles ranging from fabulous French to magical Moroccan, wrought iron to retro, vintage to New York chic. Mirrors always add a touch of glamour and Full House has a plentiful supply in all shapes and sizes. Create a touch of ambience with some of the many colourful glass tea-light holders in store, or add a soft glow to any room with one of the multitude of lamps at Full House. Think gifts too, from delicate crystal to boudoir screens, luxury toiletries to a lovely merino baby wear, sure to keep them warm during the colder months. Ageing expo tackles taboo subjects For mind and body: Members of Nelson's Taoist Tai Chi Society practise their moves outside Richmond's Headingly Centre, at the Age2be Positive Expo. Photo: SARAH DUNN This year's Age 2 Be Positive Ageing Expo focused on the tricky questions'' around wills, powers of attorney, funerals and burials. It was standing room only when Charissa MacKenzie, from the Public Trust, and Marsden House funeral director Francis Day gave the first talks of the day. Celebrity chef Richard Till also spoke in the lecture theatre, which seated about 120 people. More than 2000 older people and their families attended. Charissa said the audience asked lots of questions about the legal aftermath of a death in the family and other delicate matters. It's always a good sign when they're asking questions as it shows they're responding to the information,'' she said. Francis talked about pre- planning funerals. He made a very valid point about how most of us want simple and inexpensive, but that may not be what the family needs to grieve,'' Charissa said. Among the expo's 65 stalls was that of Living Legacies funeral facilitator Lynda Hannah, with her eye-catching wicker coffin, made out of willow strips. It's non-toxic and very beautiful. It's one for people who don't want to continue polluting the earth after they're gone.'' She also displayed an open- topped coffin tray'' made from unvarnished wood. Rita Bell from Wakefield sup- ported the idea of natural burials. Though I'm no rabid greenie, I still think no' to the idea of erec- ting a concrete monument to myself.'' Asked if she was ever abused by people who felt the coffin and tray were inappropriate, Lynda said: Most people are encouraging, they know they'll have to face it eventually.''
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