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Home Living : October 27th 2009
HLW - HOME LIVING: WEST, Tuesday, October 27, 2009 3 Household tips for big savings » ADVERTISING FEATURE HOMELIVING How can a household make a difference in the running of the home to save on resources and money? Reducing energy consumption in the house is two-fold -- sustaining the environment and saving money. With the increasing price of electricity, water and gas, it makes financial sense to make households more efficient. The three key areas to focus on are thermal, energy and water. Hardware & General, in conjunction with the federal government's green loan program, is offering homeowners a free home green check by an independent assessor. The assessor will walk through the home and look at ways the household can save water, energy and money, based on individual lifestyles. The green loans program is helping households make the right choices for their home and budget by funding free home-sustainability assessments and interest-free loans to make the recommended improvements. There are various ways to increase a home's efficiency, from cost-free behavioural changes brought about by awareness and habit-changing, simple cheap retrofits, all the way up to big- ticket items such as solar water, solar electricity, rainwater tanks, grey water, insulation, external shades and curtains. Thermal efficiency is something that most homes have an issue with and one of the reasons the government is offering insulation rebates. Homeowners often miss simple, low-cost ways of making their home thermally efficient, such as draft-proofing. This can make enormous improvements. Energy-efficiency in the home is a great way of saving money and helping the environment. In NSW, electricity and gas prices have increased by 20 per cent and will keep increasing. The simplest way to combat this is to reduce usage, including the use of stand-by or phantom loads, which can contribute up to 20 per cent of a household's electricity bill. Fixing the seals or replacing old fridges can also alleviate massive energy losses. Replacing electric hot-water systems has also been heavily rebated by governments. Water is another precious commodity. It is very simple to save water within the home by changing behaviour in showers and baths, and fix running and leaking taps. These and other devices like toilets can also be retro-fitted or replaced with far more water-efficient models. Grey-water systems and rainwater tanks can also greatly reduce water costs. All these products are available at Hardware & General . To organise your free home sustainability assessment, visit the Hardware & General website at hg.com.au and follow the green link to book online. BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES PH: 9890 7477 PH: 9890 7477 • FREE MEASURE & QUOTE • LIFETIME GUARANTEE Made to suit your budget & needs • Style • Service • Variety • Full range • Accessories • Hinged Doors • Sliding Doors • Over 20 years exp. Sydney Wardrobe Company Pty. Ltd www.sydneywardrobe.com.au Lic: 185628C 2152887i hlw wk40 WWW.HALFPRICESHUTTERS.COM.AU "PAY NOTHING 'TIL 2011**" ROLLER SHUTTERS PLANTATION SHUTTERS "ASK ABOUT SMART STILE" CALL 13 61 21 NOW CALL 13 61 21 NOW * This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion, special offer or coupon. $500 off Half Price Shutters retail price list. ** Available to approved customers only. Terms, conditions, fees & charges apply. Interest and payments are payable after the interest free and payment deferred period. Finance provided by Once Credit Pty Limited ACN 112 319 632 t/a MyBuy. $500 OFF* When you buy 3 or more shutters • • • • • • "Find her Sweet p See us for the "gift with a difference" built-in WARDROBES FACTORY & SHOWROOM Unit 1, 183-185 McCredie Rd, Guildford 9632 5444 Lic. No, 160400C www.waratahwardrobes.com.au 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 Frameless Shower Screens and Splashbacks Now Available hlw 2257156i wk5 NOW OFFERING 6 MONTHS INTEREST FREE OPEN 7 DAYS Showrooms: 1300 289 655 www.blindandshuttercentre.com.au 4/15 McPherson Rd, Smeaton Grange 577 Pittwater Rd, Brookvale 11 Eddie Rd, Minchinbury FREE MEASURE & QUOTE 2090254i hlc wk9 • Timber verticals • Timber Venetians • Timber shutters • We clean and repair all kinds of blinds The timeless look of natural timber blinds & verticals T. 9787 4484 3/433-435 Canterbury Rd, Campsie www.koalatimberverticalblinds.com.au Custom made Free quotes 2132305i hlc wk38
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