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Home Living : November 2nd 2010
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, November 2, 2010 7 Homeowners face triple whammy HOMELIVING » ADVERTISING FEATURE Australian homeowners facing a triple whammy of rising charges for electricity, water and gas will be in for a major shock this summer when, for the first time, they face power bills which will include the cost of running airconditioners with the higher electricity costs. Airconditioning is one of the most expensive appliances to run in the home and business during Australia's hot summer. Between 2005 and 2010 general consumer prices have increased 16 per cent -- (Source: Australian Bureau of Statisitcs (ABS) Catalogue number 6401.0) Archicentre, the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects, says the skyrocketing costs of energy and water would be highlighted over summer and provide a strong focus on future housing design. Archicentre ACT and NSW manager Ian Agnew said: ''The use of airconditioning, both in homes and in businesses, is one of the prime drivers of peak demand and on extreme days of heat have contributed to major blackouts in some states.'' ''The continuing severe cost rises in water and power, and the changing political landscape on climate change and sustainability, has placed sustainable housing design and 'green' retro-fitting on the economic and environmental agenda in Australia,'' he said. ''The key to year-round comfort is passive solar design. This is where a highly trained architect carefully combines materials, methods, building form and the sun's natural energy to help keep your house cool in summer and warm in winter. ''This approach saves money, respects the environment and enables you to live comfortably year-round.'' Mr Agnew said the energy-wise home required a complex mix of well insulated, high thermal mass, intelligent glazing and ventilation, all arranged in a way that enhanced comfort, anywhere in Australia. Insulation is paramount to the energy-wise home experience. Lining the roof, walls and floor can reduce heat loss in winter, and heat gain in summer. Glazing -- Glass is a very poor insulator. In an energy- efficient design, think about size, location, glazing type and window coverings like verandas, canopies or deciduous trees. Other important factors include locating windows away from the western sun, and in some areas, the eastern sun. Ventilation -- Cross ventilation is an important design factor and entails providing at least two carefully placed and treated openings in every room. Louvres can direct the air flow towards the occupant of the room. High-level windows can allow unpleasant hot air to escape, resulting in the drawing in of cool air. Details: archicentre.com.au/energywise, archicentre.com.au Decks Pergolas Stainless steel wire handrail Lattice Privacy Screens DIY pergola and deck kits Lic No: 170944C FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS OUTDOOR PINE FREE DESIGN & QUOTE 5 CHILVERS ROAD THORNLEIGH www.thomsonsoutdoorpine.com.au 2136330i hln wk39 PHONE: 9980 7611 THOMSON'S glassrooms conservatories garden rooms ground & 1st floor extensions BUILDER OF QUALITY EXTENSIONS MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS LICENCE NO: 66902C 1300 721 150 Designed and built for your lifestyle. Call for an obligation free in-home consultation. Showroom: 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains firstname.lastname@example.org www.classichomeimprovements.com.au Create an improvement that will allow your home to breath fresh living space 2150467K HLF wk45 SPLIT & DUCTED AIR CONDITIONING Authorised Dealer Licence No 215990C SPRING SPECIALS SAVEUPTO$600 ON DAIKIN DUCTED SYSTEMS SAVEUPTO$300 ON DAIKIN SPLIT SYSTEMS PHONE NOW for a FREE In-Home Quote 9737 0293 2172567i hln wk12
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