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Home Living : May 19th 2009
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, May 19, 2009 7 Bright options HOMELIVING Lighting plays an important part of the home and can account for up to 10 per cent of household energy use. According to EnergyAustralia's energy efficiency expert Paul Myors there are ways to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The national ban on standard incandescent light bulbs starts in November, so replace them with energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs. They shine just as brightly as standard bulbs, last up to eight times longer and use 80 per cent less energy. Where they are not suitable -- for example circuits with dimming switches -- a mains voltage halogen light bulb is an option. They will still be available after the ban is introduced. They look identical to standard incandescent bulbs but use about 30 per cent less energy and last twice as long. Halogen downlights are popular but can have high running costs. While each one uses about the same energy as a standard bulb, we tend to install many more of them in a room. The simplest solution is to replace them with infra-red coated halogens. They use 30 per cent less energy and last twice as long. Energy-efficient compact fluorescent downlights are also available. They use about 80 per cent less energy than standard halogen downlights and last longer, but are better suited to new installations. LED lighting is also getting attention as an energy-efficient option. While still expensive to buy, they use about one- fifth of the energy of a standard lamp for the same light output. Manufacturers claim they can last for more than 50,000 hours. Details: EnergyAustralia call 131 535 or go to www.energy.com.au Take charge of home's fire safety » ADVERTISING FEATURE More residential fires, coupled with growing complacency, has led one expert to ask residents to play a more active role in their safety. First Alert spokesman Thino Kiefer said more than one-third of house fires occurred during the winter months of June to August, many of which started at night when everyone was asleep. ''These statistics alone reinforce the absolute need for all homes to be fitted with ample smoke alarms,'' he said. ''As stated by all the relevant fire authorities, when asleep, humans simply don't smell smoke.'' Industry statistics show residential fires increased by 17 per cent over the last decade. There were 82 deaths last year alone yet fire authorities said 80 per cent of them would not occur if a smoke alarm was fitted. Other First Alert research showed many people were not fitting enough smoke alarms, were not installing them in the right position and were removing batteries permanently because cooking or showering had triggered the alarm, Mr Kiefer said. First Alert manufactures smoke alarms, fire blankets and fire extinguishers, and recommends photoelectric smoke alarms be fitted in each bedroom, hallway and living room, or near kitchens and bathrooms. Photoelectric technology detects smouldering fires and fires starting in areas remote from the smoke alarm. Ionisation is the alternative technology available and is more effective at detecting flaming fires. First Alert also recommends that alarm vents are vacuumed once a year, ideally on the day the battery is replaced. Details: Visit www.firstalert.com.au .................................................. built-in WARDROBES Lifetime Warranty Free Measure & Quote Custom Design Built-in Wardrobes Renovation of existing Wardrobes Sliding Mirror doors in a variety of colour frames Hinged or sliding Federation Doors FACTORY & SHOWROOM Unit 1, 183-185 McCredie Rd, Guildford 9632 5444 Lic. No, 160400C www.waratahwardrobes.com.au 2171955i hlnc wk32 Beautiful Ceilings Call Kerry anytime: 0406 798 557 Builder Lic No: R80718 Restore, Ceiling or Wall Cracks? Kerry Kelaher can help you! • Repair ceilings and walls, according to the nature of the ceiling surface (plaster, concrete or the soft walls of the late 1800s to the 1930s) • Work further than Australian standard • Restoring ornate ceilings 37 years experience "I utilise what I consider the best products, then I formulate better, stronger methods of repair." "Many DIYers repair the cracks then paint the surface, only to find within a short time the job starts to break down." "There is nothing worse than having the plasterer make repairs only to find once the surface is painted there are ridges and waves that seem to glare at you." Call the expert! 2039616k wk46 Restoration of... Antiques to Modern Furniture • French Polishing • Upholstery • Minor Repairs • Traditional & Modern Finishes 2117932i hln wk40 www.classichomeimprovements.com.au Bld Lic. 66902C We take care of design, council approval and construction. Call today for a FREE quotation phone 1300 721 150 Showroom open 7 days: 152 Russell Street Emu Plains While interest rates are low..... 2058942i hln wk43
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