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Home Living : July 20th 2010
6 HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, July 20, 2010 Managing small fittings HOMELIVING » ADVERTISING FEATURE It's a simple plan to better manage and save energy and conserve water in the house. Called the ''Climate Change on a Shoe String'', this initiative by Archicentre is all about making a difference. Archicentre, the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects, and Australia's largest supplier of pre-purchase housing inspections and renovations said Climate Change on a Shoe String was a simple combination of management and basic upgrading of fittings, many being low-cost. Archicentre's West Australian state manager Brad Cook said the management and maintenance of small fittings around the home such as dripping taps, the installation of water-efficient shower heads and turning off lights and electrical equipment when not in use, were all part of the simple plan. Mr Cook said most homes were neither designed nor built with much regard for energy efficiency or water conservation. ''Ironically, many of our earliest homes came complete with veranda and water tanks, but recently these features have been abandoned as homes have become bigger, more energy-hungry and more water- thirsty than ever before over the past two decades,'' he said. ''This Climate Change on a Shoe String concept will be driven home by the rapidly increasing prices in energy and water which are set to increase by 70 per cent to 100 per cent in the next three to five years as governments move to pay for expensive new infrastructure to secure water and energy supplies." Mr Cook said the challenge for Australian families was to improve the performance of our existing homes to reduce the demand for energy and water but, at the same time, maintain the quality of life. ''It is also important that homeowners renovating ensure that any home improvements or renovations are sustainably designed by someone qualified and experienced to maximise the potential. ''Many people are concerned enough about the environment to spend money on energy- or water- saving home improvements, but often are looking for a starting point,'' Mr Cook said. The first step is simple -- conduct an audit of your home to find out where and how energy is wasted. The Federal Government website, yourhome.gov.au, is a good starting point to find information and make a list related to your home. The second step is to implement as many of the changes you can by: choosing energy efficient appliances when buying; fixing leaky taps, showers and toilet cistern; turning lights off when you leave the room; not leaving computers or appliances on standby; resetting the thermostats on your heating and cooling -- (18˚C in winter and 24˚C in summer); installing low-energy light globes; fitting weather-seals to your windows and doors; installing external blinds; putting in a ceiling fan; and changing to low-flow shower heads. Details: archicentre.com.au SYDNEY BLINDS & SCREENS 9636 1555 Showroom: 26 Stoddart Road, Prospect. (Mon--Fri & Sun) www.sydneyblinds.com.au *Discounts off R.R.P. on selected ranges only. Offer supercedes previous offers. FREE quotes ALL suburbs X31864 WINTER PRICES MELT! VERTICAL VENETIAN ROMAN ROLLER PANEL SHEER ELEGANCE TIMBER PLEATED VISION MAGIC One wonder! Help is just one click away with the handy FirstCall pendant. Click! and it automatically phones your family and friends. No monitoring fees. No contracts. For greater peace-of-mind and securit y for loved ones, make FirstCall your first call! Medical Alarms CALL 1300 994 096 or www.firstcallconnect.com.au
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