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Home Living : July 12th 2011
HLC - HOME LIVING: CENTRAL, Tuesday, July 12, 2011 1 HOMELIVING INSIDE IDEAL IDEAS Smart energy buys ENERGY WISE Smart ways to save Windows keep heat in Control on water, savings Energy star ratings SIZE MATTERS Floors with big attitude JANITA SINGH Saving energy, money Rising power prices put pressure on the family budget but, according to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal, the worst is yet to come. So it makes sense for families to look for ways to save energy and money. It's easy to turn off unnecessary lights and replace old bulbs with energy-efficient ones. But other simple things, such as installing a water tank and sustainable gardening, also help. Consumers should also be aware of Australia's energy star rating scheme and will find more information at www.energyrating. gov.au. When it's time to purchase new white goods, make sure they have at least a three-or four-star rating. Invest in solar and save. A solar hot water system can reduce hot water costs by up to 80 per cent and lower greenhouse gas emissions by about three tonnes a year. Solar photovoltaic power is big on performance and allows homeowners to enjoy electricity direct from the sun. Find out more at livinggreener.gov.au. Choosing efficient appliances and changing your behaviour are simple ways to save. Australia's Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme allows you to compare water efficiency of different products. Visit savewater.com.au. Solatube® Premier Dealer Daylight Designs Unit 4A, 5 Wenban Place, Wetherill Park Ph 1300 955 676 www.sydneydaylight.com.au S2069AW Electricity costs to rise 17%! USES NO ELECTRICITY
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