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Home Living : May 10th 2011
10 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Don't get into hot water with your rising bills » ADVERTISING FEATURE HOMELIVING Australia's retailing and food service sectors should brace for tougher times ahead, with new research showing two thirds of consumers will seriously consider cutting discretionary spending to cover the cost of skyrocketing power bills. The online national Newspoll survey of more than 1200 adults aged 18 to 64, commissioned by Solahart, found an overwhelming 87 per cent of respondents will cut down on eating out or takeaways, just to afford energy costs. Additionally, 79 per cent of consumers will put the brakes on buying household items such as furniture or electrical goods, 76 per cent will slash holiday spending and 73 per cent will go without new clothes. Solahart National Manager Stephen Cranch, warns the looming introduction of a national carbon tax will cause greater financial strain for Australian families. ''Households, particularly those with children, are feeling the pressure of increasing power prices and are looking for ways to cover the costs,'' Mr Cranch said. ''Our research has shown that four out of five consumers are worried that power bills will rise even further if the carbon tax goes ahead, making cost- cutting even more of a priority.'' The Newspoll survey revealed an almost all-encompassing 96 per cent of participants felt that rising power bills would add pressure to the household budget. Even essential items such as transport/ petrol and groceries aren't safe from the impact of mounting energy prices, with 45 per cent and 38 per cent of respondents respectively admitting they would seriously contemplate cutting their spending on these. ''The most effective way to cut your energy expenditure is to become more energy-efficient,'' said Mr Cranch. One way this could be achieved is by replacing your electric water heater with a solar alternative. Mr Cranch said electric water heaters accounted for around 25 per cent of a household's energy use and switching to a solar water heater would reduce water heating energy consumption by up to 50-90 per cent. From 2012, the Federal Government plans to phase out electric water heaters, so households will be required to install a greener alternative such as a solar water heater or heat pump. Details: Call Solahart on 1300 721 984 or go to solahart.com.au Specialists in the manufacture, supply and installation of aluminium windows and doors Sydney wide Free no obligation measure and quote PHONE 9623 5611 Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.betaview.com.au 2176010i 1/3 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 www.waratahwardrobes.com.au FACTORY & SHOWROOM Unit 1, 183-185 McCredie Rd, Guildford 9632 5444 Lic. No. 160400C 2128218i 12/4 built-in WARDROBES & KITCHENS N Free Measure & Quote N Custom Design Built-in Wardrobes & renovation of existing wardrobes N Sliding Mirror doors in a variety of colour frames N Hinged or sliding Federation Doors N Kitchen Design & installation O Remove existing fittings, wall and floor tiles O Supply and fix new wall lining or cement render. O Waterproof wet areas O Supply and fix wall and floor tiles x 20m² $30per m² allowance O Supply and install vanity valued $500.00 O Supply and install bath valued $200.00 O Supply and install taps valued $360.00 O Supply and install toilet suite valued $450.00 O Supply and install shower screen valued $520.00 O Supply and install mirror valued $100.00 O Supply and install accessories valued $200.00 O Remove all trade waste and effect final clean up O Full guarantee COMPLETED IN 8 DAYS GUARANTEED $9980 Scope of Work BATHROOM Renovations Master Bathrooms Ph: 9899 9330 Builders Lic No. 178503c www.masterbathrooms.net.au 20 Years Experience Carpentry-Plumbing-Electrical -Tiling-Waterproofing (NSW) Pty. Ltd. 2110282i 11/1 SPLIT & DUCTED AIR CONDITIONING Authorised Dealer Licence No 215990C WINTER REWARDS SAVEUPTO$600 ON DAIKIN DUCTED SYSTEMS SAVEUPTO$300 ON DAIKIN SPLIT SYSTEMS PHONE NOW for a FREE In-Home Quote 9737 0293 2258875i 3/05 • Over 16 Years Experience • New Showroom: Unit 57/4 Hoyle Ave Castle Hill Authorised Dealer GARAGE DOORS & AUTOMATIONS P/L SERVICES TO ALL DOORS AUTOMATIC OPENERS FR $440 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE 9894 7188 2122128i 22/03
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