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Home Living : October 11th 2011
HLW-HOMELIVING:WEST,Tuesday,October11,20111 Cut the bills and keep your cool The mercury is rising but your energy bill doesn’t have to if you prepare well for the warmer months. Ausgrid’s energy-efficiency expert Paul Myors suggests simple steps to stay cool without burning a hole in your pocket. A four-person household can cut up to 10 per cent off their electricity bill and up to one tonne of CO2 from household emissions, by proper planning. ❏ Ceiling insulation can reduce indoor temperatures by as much as 10C in summer and cut your cooling costs by up to 30 per cent. However, keeping the heat off your house in the first place is even better. ❏ Start by shading windows with external blinds, pergolas or even trees and plants. Each square metre of direct sun on or through windows can be like running a one-bar radiator in your home. ❏ Leave doors and windows on opposite sides of your home open to take advantage of natural breezes and make the most of cross ventilation. ❏ On milder summer days, consider using the fan rather than the airconditioner. By circulating air around the room, fans can make it feel around 3C cooler and they cost as little as $5 a year to run. ❏ More tips: www.ausgrid.com.au; follow Paul on Twitter @PMyors—Ausgrid HOMELIVING ●● Creating personal oasis JANITA SINGH New fragrances can transport you to an exotic destination. IT is no coincidence that home sellers at one time were advised to bake a pie or burn incense sticks and scented candles to attract potential buyers. Our sense of smell influences how we experience life and decisions we make. Whether it’s the aroma of toast and bacon or the scent of freshly mown grass, smells are an essential aspect of the way we enjoy the world around us. Filling a home with fragrance can mentally transport you to a special place and create your own personal oasis that can be changed to suit your mood. This is what the recent launching of Procter & Gamble’s (P&Gs) new range of destination-inspired, Ambi Pur Air Effects fragrances for homes aims to do. It ’s no longer a case of masking unpleasant odours. Today’s environmental fragrance products eliminate pesky smells and transport people to exotic locations. The three new fragrances – Ambi Pur Air Effects Thai Dragon Fruit, Ambi Pur Air Effects New Zealand Springs and Ambi Pur Air Effects Hawaiian Flowers – are inspired by exotic destinations that you can bring right into your home. By taking a few simple steps to change the fragrance of your home, you may find you have more energy and have a home that’s more inviting to live and play in. BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES PH: 9890 7477 PH: 9890 7477 • FREE MEASURE & QUOTE • LIFETIME GUARANTEE Made to suit your budget & needs • Style • Ser vice • Variety • Full range • Accessories • Hinged Doors • Sliding Doors • Over 20 years exp. Sydney Wardrobe Company Pty. Ltd www.sydneywardrobe.com.au Lic:185628C2152887ihlwwk40 DIY - WE WON’T BE BEATEN ON PRICE • Solid reputation • Exclusive flat roof profile • Excellent service that you can trust • Great design variations to suit all homes • Professional design skills • Customer service our priority • We deliver value beyond customer expectations CALL NOW FOR A FREE DESIGN APPRAISAL www.stylemasterpatios.com.au Lic No. 229620C 1300 761 201 Unit 7, 37 Borec Road, Penrith 221575513/9 • Awnings • Carports • Glass rooms • Screened Enclosures • Decks • Extensions Visit Your Metaland Mates For all your DIY needs! www.metaland.com.au METALAND PENRITH | 50-58 Jack Williams Drive PENRITH NSW 2750 | (02) 4729 1797 NO DRAMAS Fencing & Rural products Roofing, Walling & Rain Water Lintels & Mesh RHS & Tube And much much more! Reinforcing Decking
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