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Home Living : November 2nd 2010
6 HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, November 2, 2010 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 SPLIT & DUCTED AIR CONDITIONING Authorised Dealer Licence No 215990C SPRING SPECIALS SAVEUP TO$600 ON DAIKIN DUCTED SYSTEMS SAVEUPTO$300 ON DAIKIN SPLIT SYSTEMS PHONE NOW for a FREE In-Home Quote 9737 0293 2172834i hln wk12 *NO INTEREST EVER! How can we help you today? ALUMINIUM WINDOWS CAR PORTS *Conditions apply Builders Licence No 34164 www.homeclad.com.au Showroom: 121 Fairfield Road, PADSTOW CLADDING PATIO COVERS FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Ph 1800 658 088 All prices are subject to a deposit. All prices include installation. Metro areas only. *Estimates are based on 24 month term. A retail payment option by Certegy Australia Limited ABN 68 050 021 513. Conditions apply. OMECLAD 2079000 wk19 Hlc 'RXEOH WKH OLIH RI \RXU ORXQJH ZLWK SURIHVVLRQDO PDLQWHQDQFH Devine LeatherCare have specialised in leather maintenance for over 20 years. General wear & grime - the enemy of leather - will lead to fading & cracking. All products used are chemical free & water based. Cleaning and Tinting is done on-site by hand with great care. :H DUH WKH OHDWKHU VSHFLDOLVW p 9905 0607 m 0410 606 040 w devineleathercare.com.au BEFORE AFTER Home - Office - Auto - Boat - Plane. Special Offer present this advert to receive FREE* Cleaner and Conditioner Value $45 2005636m 2/11 HLN19 *Conditions Apply
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