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Advice from the SA Department of Health

Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

  • Drink plenty of water – avoid caffeine and alcohol
  • spend time in cool places
  • keep out of the sun. If you have to go outside, go in the early morning or late evening and stay in the shade
  • wear light coloured, loose clothing and take a hat to wear outside
  • always use plenty of sunscreen
  • don’t do a lot of exercise outside when it is very hot
  • to help you sleep use a water spray mister on your face and body
  • try to stay inside with a fan or air conditioner on

Babies and young children

  • Babies and young children need watching carefully when it is hot as they can get sick very quickly
  • cars can get dangerously hot – never leave babies, young children or pets alone in a car even if the air conditioning is on
  • if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should drink more water than usual
  • always wear shoes outside on hot days – the ground can easily burn the feet of babies or young children

Older people

  • Check on older people at least twice every day especially if they live alone
  • make sure older people are using their air conditioning when it is hot – always check the setting is on ‘cool’

People with physical or mental health conditions

  • Keep taking any prescribed medicine every day at the same time as you normally do, even if you feel unwell because of the heat

Your home

  • Keep your home cool by closing curtains, blinds and windows during the day
  • if it is safe, open windows at night to let cool air in
  • wear as little clothing as possible when in your own home to keep cool
  • bacteria can grow very quickly on food in hot weather and make you ill – keep all fresh food in the fridge
  • animals can suffer and even die on very hot days so keep them in the house or make sure they have shade in the garden and always leave them plenty of water

Help is available

If you think you are ill:

  • speak to your local chemist/pharmacist or call your GP
  • older people can register with the Red Cross and a volunteer will call 3 times a day to check if they are ok. Register by calling 1800 188 071
  • if you are very sick, go to your nearest hospital or call 000 for an ambulance

For other practical ideas, visit the SA Health website for more information or contact the Emergency Management Unit.

Why is it important to have a temperature controller on your hot water systems.

Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2014

Do you know why it’s important to have a temperature controller on your hot water system? Well obviously there’s the comfort aspect … the controller allows you to set the temperature of your shower, and just as importantly, the children's bath temperature, to the right level.  But the most comfortable thing about that is, you’re saving money, because your system only uses as much gas as it needs, to achieve the right water temperature.

The Gas Works Christmas BBQ guide

Posted on Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Before we know it Christmas will soon be here, so it is time to get organised. We love a good Christmas BBQ. It is the perfect way to spend your Christmas afternoon. The adults can enjoy good conversation over a cold beverage while the children play backyard cricket or take their latest and greatest presents for a spin. 

Doing a Christmas BBQ is a great way to keep some of the mess and mayhem out of the house, it will stop the house from being overheated by the oven and eating outside will ensure there is plenty of room for everyone. In order to help you get ready for Christmas, Gas Works have put together a list of our favourite tips, ideas and recipes for hosting the perfect Christmas BBQ.

1. Put the bird on the barbie. Free up oven space and keep the house cool by barbecuing your turkey this Christmas. Try out this delicious recipe for your Christmas turkey or buy a pre-prepared bird and just stick to the cooking method.

Here are more tips for preparing and carving the turkey, to make sure it all goes smoothly.

2. If turkey isn’t your thing then you have a whole BBQ for seafood and other delicious morsels! These are some of our favourite festive recipes;

3. Sides and salads can make a meal so to make sure they are extra special on Christmas day, these will get your taste buds ready;

4. Kick off the meal with a truly special but simple lobster rolls. A twist on the normal lobster fare enjoyed on Christmas day but they will go down a treat.

5. Why not forgo Christmas pudding in place of a dessert that is still festive but compliments the Australian climate, try this Buche de Noel. It is a French dessert but in its Australianised form it is nougat ice-cream. How refreshingly delicious!

6. Now that we have the food organised it is time to think about table decorations. Just because you are having a BBQ doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful table setting. Here are some tips on deciding whether to keep it formal or informal. We personally love this colourful and inviting look, it is more relaxed but overall is makes for a very festive feel.

7. Make it a memorable Christmas with a delicious drink on arrival. We suggest a chilled mulled wine or a classic margarita for the adults and a homemade lemon cordial topped off with fresh mint and plenty of ice for the kids and drivers.

8. Backyard games will help to entertain children and adults alike while the food is being prepared and may even help work some of it off at the end of the meal! It can be as simple as a game of quoits (you can pick up a set for $6 at Kmart) or bocce, all the way through the backyard cricket, but it helps to be prepared and have all the equipment ready before the guests arrive.

9. Prepare in advance. Make sure you do as much as you can leading up to Christmas, as we all know how hectic it can get on the day. Cook as much as you can on Christmas Eve. Clean the BBQ using our great cleaning tips the weekend before. Gather all the table settings and games the night before. What ever you can streamline will ensure you can enjoy the day even more with all your friends and family.

10. If you are in need of a new BBQ before Christmas or perhaps as a Christmas present, you know were to find us! Gas Works has a large range of BBQs for all requirements and as you can see we love a good barbie so we sure do know how to pick the right ones for our customers.

Wishing all our wonderful customers a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Get your BBQ ready for summer

Posted on Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Cleaning your BBQ is always a tough and messy task but how fulfilling it is to see that sparkle at the end. The weather is warming up and summer holidays are approaching, so whether you plan to cook up a Christmas feast on your beloved BBQ or love to cook outside whenever you get the chance, now is the time to make it sparkle. We sell BBQs if you are sceptical of how far a good clean will go to improving your BBQ.

BBQ spring clean

Prepare that BBQ for the summer silly season now. Here is the Gas Works step-by-step guide;

Prepare the BBQ

Ensure all food excess food residue is removed from the barbecue plates.


If required, heat the BBQ and leave on high for 5 minutes to burn off some of the excess grease. Leave the BBQ to cool.

Clean your BBQ plates

Half fill a tub with hot water and a little dishwashing liquid. Remove cooking plates one by one and submerge, scrub thoroughly with a bristled brush. Allow the plates to dry thoroughly. 

Finishing touches

Put hot water and a little dishwashing liquid in a bucket. Using a cloth wipe down the exterior of your BBQ. Including the dials, hood, side trays and trolley.

Ready to cook

When replacing the plates on the BBQ coat with oil and heat for 15 minutes to ensure they are seasoned, to prevent food getting stuck while cooking.

General BBQ cleaning tips

  • Clean while warm but not hot.
  • Line your drip tray with aluminium foil to make cleaning easy.
  • Teflon grill sheets can make cleaning a whole lot easier, they come in many different sizes and are perfect to cover your flat BBQ plate. Good for barbecuing for vegetarians and those with food allergies too, to keep the food separate.
  • Place grill plates in the dishwasher after use if they will fit, be sure to re-season before cooking again. To do this spray with oil and heat for 15 minutes.

Long term BBQ maintenance tips

  • Invest in a BBQ cover and use it whenever the BBQ isn’t in use.
  • Give your barbecue a good thorough clean once a year.

Safety checks

Start the summer BBQ season safely with these tips;

  • Ensure your gas bottle is a safe age. Check the date of manufacture stamped on the bottle, if it is any older than 10 years it needs to go.
  • Burners can become blocked while a barbecue isn’t in use. Ensure burners are clear, if they need a clean use a bottle brush to remove any blockages. Re-fit locking pins securely to ensure the burners won’t shift, and check that all burners are lighting properly.

Need a new barbecue?

If your BBQ is beyond saving this season we have a wide range of barbecues to choose from and would be happy to help you pick out the best BBQ for your lifestyle. Get in touch today to talk tongs!

Happy barbecuing this summer from the BBQ lovers at Gas Works!

Choosing a tradie you can trust

Posted on Friday, September 26, 2014

Anyone who has had a home renovation, minor improvement or emergency requiring a tradie can usually tell you a disastrous story to go with it. From a botched job, high fees, being late or even plain failing to turn up. Gas Works offer quality installation with all the products we sell and by going through us you can avoid all the headaches associated with having to source your own tradesman. You will get the best service and care we can possibly give.

We pride ourselves on providing the best installation of all the products we sell and for this we need tip top tradesmen. In saying that, with decades of experience in the business, we also know how to tell a bad one and for that reason we thought it important to share, so when you are in desperate need of a tradie you can pick a pearler.

So if you are in need of a good tradie for a home renovation or DIY disaster, here are the key traits to look for.

Refer a friend

We all know often the best way to find something you need is to ask a friend who found it first! It is the same for picking the best tradie. Ask your friends if they have had good experiences anywhere lately and see if their contact can do the job you require. At Gas Works we love it when people come in off a referral a friend gave after they have a good experience with us, it is thoroughly rewarding!

Reading a book by its cover

As with any business it is important to take pride in your appearance. If you had a choice between a tradesman in an old dented van, wearing torn, paint splattered overalls and a tradesman in a well maintained vehicle, in a clean uniform, you are more likely to trust the latter. If a tradesman takes care of his appearance and possessions he is more likely to take pride in the job he does for you too.

Sticking to schedule

A good tradie is always on time or they will let you know when they aren’t. Many people waiting for a tradesman to come to their home have had to take time off work to do so and appreciate when a tradesperson is conscientious of this. It is a courteous person who maintains their schedule or notifies of changes. A tradie who will answer their phone and keep you in the loop is more likely to complete a job with the care and precision you would like to see.

The whole kit and caboodle

Having all the latest tech doesn’t necessarily indicate a tradie is good at their job but having a good quality set of tools can tell you a few things. Firstly, it is promising to see an organised tradesman, who cares for their tools and can access their tools without having to scavenge through the piles on the van floor. Secondly there are tools out there that have added safety and bonus features that can ensure the job is made easier, such as dust free drilling. Many good quality tools also mean the job can be done quicker too, for example laser technology for levelling and measuring can certainly reduce the time needed to spent lining things up!

The proof is in the pudding

When choosing a tradesmen for a big job, there is no harm in asking to see some examples of similar jobs they have done in the past. Whether it be some photos on their phone or even an address to check it out in person. Most will be more than happy to share but if they aren’t, alarm bells should be ringing. it might even give you some more ideas of how you would like your new renovation to look.

Get it in writing

When you are procuring a tradesman make sure you get a written quote, ensure you can understand all the elements that need to take place and ask for an estimated time of completion to be written on the quote too. It is also very important that for any substantial work that the tradesman visits you house to do the quote, this will lessen the chance of any nasty unexpected costs.

Don’t play with fire

Home improvements are important business. You want yours to last and you want to make sure you are covered for anything that might happen while it is being built. For that reason you need to make sure your tradies are insured. Those who aren’t might be able to quote you a cheaper rate but it is risky business and if anything were to go wrong it will end up costing you a lot more. When scouting for your preferred tradesman ask to see their insurance documents and make sure the business name and contact details are correct. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Now you are skilled up to hire your next tradesman! But if you are looking for an air conditioner, heating, hot water system or kitchen appliances then buy from Gas Works, we will take the utmost care in installing your new purchase.

8 Cooking Hacks For Efficient Foodsmiths

Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013

One thing the majority of people do every day is cook! For some it is a task we’d like to spend the least amount of time doing, while still whipping up a nice meal. We’ve put together 8 cooking hacks to help make your more efficient and produce better meals in the kitchen!

8 Cooking Hacks:

1. Remove fats from soups/stews/casseroles with ice cubes.

cooking hacks 

Want an easy way to remove those liquid fats that sit on the top of soups, stews and casseroles? Just drop a couple of ice cubes into the pot and watch the fats come together and congeal near the ice cubes due to the temperature change. Now you can easily scoop it all out!


2. Prevent over-boiling with a wooden spoon.

wooden spoon over boiling pan 

Do your pots and pans tend to boil over when you’re cooking? Don’t worry it happens to the best of us! One way to stop it from happening is to rest a wooden spoon across the middle of the pot or pan. It might sound too good to be true but it works!


3. Put onions in the freezer before chopping to minimise tears.

no tears onion in freezer 

Don’t have a pair of swimming goggles lying around? Now worries. To minimise tears from cutting onions, place them in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes before dicing them up. Make sure you don’t forget them in the freezer!


4. Microwave garlic to make it easy to peel.

easy peel microwave garlic husks 

Peeling garlic isn’t a hard task, but it can take longer than actually want to spend doing it. If the husks are a bit hard to peel off then throw them in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds. This will make some of the moisture within the garlic come to the surface making the husk slide right off with a little squeeze from one end. It’s a great cooking hack that won’t change the flavour of the garlic in the process.


5. Use an ice cream scoop to deseed vegetables like squash & pumpkin.

deseed pumpkin with ice cream scoop 

Got a stack of pumpkin and squash to cook, or just want a more efficient way of easily taking out their innards? Why not try an ice cream scoop! It is the perfect size to get into the small area, while the flat edge of the scoop easily cuts away the innards from the flesh.


6. Use a bowl to cook crisp bacon in the microwave.

cook crispy bacon in the microwave 

Love bacon but don’t want to clean up the mess created by cooking it in a pan? Why not try the microwave! This unconventional method will produce nice crispy bacon every time. Just place a bowl upside down on a place, drape your bacon over the bowl and heat for 1 minute or more. It’ll produce great tasting bacon with the fats dripping off the edge of the bowl onto the plate. YUM.


7. Use an onion to clean your barbecue.

clean grill with onion 

Not a fan of using chemicals to clean your barbecue? Why not use an onion? Scrubbing half an onion over a heated barbecue plate or grill will remove the necessary grit and grime for clean cooking. It’s also a great green alternative that won’t cause any of those unwanted chemical smells.


8. Use a muffin tin to dispense condiments.

serve condiments in muffin tray 

Barbecues are great, lots of food, lots of friends and family but that also means lots of dirty dishes. To try and minimise the amount of washing, why not use a muffin tin to dispense condiments. A six muffin tin will reduce 5 bowls that would need to be washed if you didn’t use it. That’s a win in my book!

Do you have any other cooking hacks? Let us know in the comments below and if they’re deemed worthy we’ll add them to the list!


 Article by Nathan Hockley

12 Cool tips: how to reduce energy bills this summer

Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012

reduce energy bills and sove money image 

Every summer that rolls around seems to be hotter than the last. How many times have you heard “This summer is meant to be a scorcher!” and more often than not they are correct. As our summers get hotter our energy usage also increases to cool our home and keep our families as comfortable as possible. But unfortunately increasing energy use also increases costs, which can have a major impact on a family’s ability to save or pay for other necessities. So today we want to answer the question on how to reduce energy bills this summer.

One way to cut costs is to increase your air conditioner’s setpoint temperature by 1°C. The setpoint temperature is set to let your air conditioner know what temperature is needed to be comfortable, if the temperature goes above or below that setpoint your air con goes to work to bring it back to the comfortable temperature you set. So by increasing the setpoint by 1°C in summer means your air conditioner has to do less work to get to the set comfortable temperature, which in turn equates to 10% less energy use and a saving of 200 kilos carbon pollution. All that from just 1 degree! Below is 11 more tips to help you reduce your energy bills this summer.

Cool tips on how to reduce energy bills this summer:

1. Make sure your thermostats and timers are set to when you are normally at home. There is no point leaving your air con on cooling empty rooms.

2. Just because your air con may be out of site, doesn’t mean it should be out of mind. It needs to be inspected regularly as normal wear and tear may be occurring and making your system run inefficiently.

3. Don’t forget to also inspect your air filters and replace if need be. If they become clogged your air con has to work harder to move air through the system, which will use a lot more energy.

4. Insulation is a great way to keep the cool air from escaping while also reflecting the hot outside are away. Make sure to check both roof and wall insulation has been installed properly.

5. If possible, have your thermostats installed away from heat sources (kitchen, windows, direct sunlight etc) as these can trigger your system telling it that the area is too hot when it actually isn’t.

6. Don’t cool rooms that are never used. Do you have spare or storage rooms that rarely get used? Their doors should also be closed so as to not lose cool air into rooms that aren’t being used.

7. On the other hand you need to keep doors open of rooms that are being cooled. This helps to circulate the air back to your air intake. If the intake is receiving cooler air then it doesn’t have to work as hard saving on energy use.

8. Utilising ceiling fans can dramatically reduce your energy consumption as they help to move cool air around your home. They are also beneficial overnight if a fan is cool enough it means you don’t have to turn the air conditioner on.

9. Blinds and curtains are great ways to keep solar generated heat from entering your home. When you are out during the day it is best to keep them closed so minimal heat enters your home while the air conditioner isn’t running.

10. Do you leave lights or computers on? You should get in the habit of turning them off when not being used as they not only use energy but they are also heat sources. By reducing heat sources you’re reducing the amount of work your air con needs to put in to get your house to the specified temp.

11. Try to avoid cooking meals that need a lot of power and heat over an extended period of time. If you can, cook meals on your BBQ outside as much as possible or cook quick meals inside that only need to use heat for a short period of time.

By applying just a couple of these energy reducing tips during summer you will see decreases in energy use and your power bills. The more that you can apply, the more substantial savings you’ll see. The extra money saved can go a long way to saving for that long awaited holiday or to ease the pressure of other bills.

Have any of your own cool tips on how to reduce energy bills this summer? Let us know in the comments below. Or find out how much it costs to run different types of air conditioning units here.



Article by Nathan Hockley

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