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Home Living : April 21st 2009
HLF - Publication, Tuesday, April 21, 2009 7 Winter switch-off It's time to pack up those fans and prepare for the cooler months. According to EnergyAustralia's energy- efficiency expert, Paul Myors, the change of season is a good time to review your energy use by looking at your appliances. Simple steps to help appliances run more efficiently will cut your electricity costs heading into winter. Now that it's getting close to non- swimming season, a good option is to reduce the time your pool pump is on. Generally, if your pool is not heated, you only need to run your pool pump for about two to three hours a day during cooler weather, that's about half the running time needed during summer. Take advantage of the Federal Government's free ceiling insulation offer of up to $1600 -- there will probably be a rush on suppliers so plan ahead. Switch off the old second fridge now the summer entertainment season is winding down, leaving the door ajar. A 10-year-old fridge running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, could be adding up to $220 to your energy bill every year and 1.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Electrical appliances in standby mode are hidden energy guzzlers. The average home has more than 20 appliances that can consume standby power when not being used, potentially adding over $100 a year to bills. Details: Visit www.energy.com.au/ efficiency or call 131 535. Paving the way » ADVERTISING FEATURE A simple, yet practical, solution to help homeowners conserve water is to pave. Austral Bricks group marketing manager Brett Ward says you do not need to sacrifice lifestyle in an effort to reduce your home's environmental impact. Simple steps such as laying clay pavers, using drought-tolerant plants, high- quality mulch, and water recycling, go a long way to making your home more water-efficient. ''One of the easiest and most cost- effective ways we can help preserve water in these difficult times is to cut back the amount of lawn and gardens we have by incorporating clay pavers into the design of the yard,'' he says. ''The choice of paver is also an important consideration. Our Riviera Freedom stain-resistant clay pavers . . . feature the revolutionary Paveshield, a surface treatment that resists staining. ''Thanks to their . . . coating, they require less cleaning than other pavers.'' Austral Bricks' pavers are available in a multitude of colours, textures and sizes. Details: Call 132 742 or visit www.australbricks.com.au HOMELIVING .................................................. In 1991 Mrs. Parker NEARLY bought a terrace house in Balmain for just $122,000 In 2007 that same house sold for $1.2 million. If Mrs. Parker had known what the experts know - she would now be a property millionaire. But Mrs. Parker wasn't sure. She already had a mortgage on her home and had never invested before. the rent didn't cover her payments? And what did tax variation and negative gearing mean anyway? Like most Middle income earners Mrs. Parker missed an opportunity because she feared something she didn't understand. Luckily for us in 2009 one company is turning the 'middle income' families' fortunes around. They are called Forturity and they are a group of property professionals who help build the wealth of ordinary Australians. The Forturity experts hunt down property bargains for the middle income bracket, that will not only rent easily, but are in Australia's fastest growing areas. And they make the whole process easy from the inspection reports, and solicitors, through the tenants and property management to the tax reports and depreciation schedule. can invest without any noticeable change to their current lifestyle" says Forturity Managing Partner Chris Halpin. And of course the Forturity support network could not have come at a better time. Finally prices have dropped, interest rates are lower than they have been in 45 years and the Australian population continues to grow meaning rental prices have to keep going up. No out of pocket expenses for the In fact Forturity are so sure -- so families that they are actually taking the unusual step of guaranteeing it! They promise that if you already have equity in a property now your investment will And the best part? If you decide to accept their help Forturity only charge a one off fee and even that is 100% tax deductible for their clients. So don't be Mrs. Parker in 20 years time. Imagine how much you will be kicking yourself when you see the boom and knew that you lived through the recession that gave you the chance to make big. Call Forturity to set up a cost free meeting to discuss your options, at no obligation. track to be a property millionaire The Unfair Advantage in Property Investment ADVERTISEMENT An investment property that will cost you nothing for the next 3 years. Guaranteed! Plus discover... 1300 889 790
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