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Home Living : January 18th 2011
6 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Stay cool and keep costs low HOMELIVING Those long, hot summer days of festivity are often a trigger for households to purchase a new airconditioner. EnergyAustralia's energy efficiency expert Paul Myors said airconditioners could have a big impact on energy bills this season, so it's important to choose an efficient model and one that suits your needs. The most popular models are wall- mounted reverse-cycle units, which also provide efficient heating in winter. A good rule of thumb when buying a unit is to have 1 kilowatt (kW) of output for each 8sq m of floor area. It's important to choose the most efficient model within your budget -- the higher the star rating the better. Each extra star will reduce running costs by around 10 per cent per year. The energy efficiency of new airconditioners is improving and the star rating system has recently been revised so a model that previously achieved six stars will only achieve around three stars under the new scheme. Reverse-cycle airconditioners can cost up to 70 cents to run per hour and can add around $250 to your summer energy bill so it's important to run them efficiently. Setting the temperature between 23 and 26˚C will help ensure you are comfortable without over-cooling your home. Running costs can increase by up to 10 per cent each time you lower the temperature by one degree. For a detailed comparison of the energy efficiency of different air conditioner makes and models go to energyrating.gov.au. 20% OFF* WARWICK FABRICS *Limited time only PH: 9651 2745 5/286 New Line Rd, DURAL Behind McDonalds Open Mon - Sat We specialise in beautiful home furnishings with a great selection of custom made soft furnishings, fabrics and a full decorating service. 2058012K wk29 HL CALL 1300 888 743 www.theleafman.com.au All our products are manufactured from BlueScope Colorbond® Steel ELIMINATE LEAF CLOGGED GUTTERS GUTTER GUARD The Leaf Man Australia Pty Ltd - successfully protecting gutters and water collection across Australia for over 10 years. Keep your gutters and roofing protected Ensure maximum water collection with minimum debris Protect your gutters and roofline from embers and bushfires 0% Flammability & 0% Ignitability index as tested by the CSIRO Colorbond® Expanded Steel Protect your gutters and roofline from unwanted pests & vermin Preferred product for water saving systems INCLUDES FREE GUTTER CLEANING 2150485i hlc wk30 Carports N Awnings N Pergolas Timber Decks N Screen Enclosures N Glass Rooms The Original Industry Leader in design, product & service 1300 552 330 ABSOLUTE 2124470i 18/01 www.absoluteoutdoor.net Over 30 Years Experience YOUR ABSOLUTE OUTDOOR SPECIALIST Builders Lic. No. 208107C www.waratahwardrobes.com.au FACTORY & SHOWROOM Unit 1, 183-185 McCredie Rd, Guildford 9632 5444 Lic. No. 160400C 2070199i hln wk50 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 Frameless Shower Screens SERVICES TO ALL DOORS New Showroom: Unit E18/2A Victoria Ave CASTLE HILL ( OVER 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE ( DEAN 2122128i 11/01 AUTOMATIC OPENERS FR.$450 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE 9894 1233 GARAGE DOOR SALES & REPAIRS PTY LTD
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