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Home Living : December 6th 2011
ENERGY POWERFUL TIPS HOW TO SAVE ON ELECTRICITY BILLS FREE KITS The state government's DIY power saver program allows people to borrow free power- saving kits from libraries, and provides information on appliances and the power they use. Visit savepower.nsw. gov.au/community/save power-library-kits.aspx YOUR home is constantly consuming electricity, but there are some simple steps to avoid adding unnecess- ary dollars to energy bills. Ausgrid's energy ef- ficiency expert Paul Myors said a simple energy audit of your home was an im- portant first step in reduc- ing your energy use and greenhouse emissions. An audit will help identify the biggest energy users in your home. Up to 60 per cent of the energy usage of a typical home is from hot water and heating and cool- ing systems. Showering and bathing use the most hot water, but if you reduce your showers by two min- utes with the help of a timer you can save up to $100 a year and 0.8 tonnes of CO2. Kitchen appliances use about 16 per cent of the average home's energy, so it is important to run them efficiently. Dishwashers use the same amount of energy whether they are full or not. And a three-star rated dish- washer can save you $60 a year compared to one with only two stars. If you have a fridge more than 15 years old, consider upgrading to a more eff- icient model that could save more than $100 a year on your energy bills. HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, December 6, 2011 9 WAYS TO KEEP ENERGY COSTS DOWN Details: livinggreener.gov.au SURGING power prices have been putting financial pressure on the household budget. According to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal, the worst is yet to come. You don't have to be an environmental scientist to save energy. Look for signs that you may be using more energy than you need. Turning off unnecessary lights is easy to do, and replacing old bulbs with energy-efficient ones can also save money and the environment. Everyone should be aware of the energy star-rating scheme. If not check it on www.energyrating.gov.au. When buying white goods, make sure they have at least a three- or four-star rating. Investing in solar hot water for your home can reduce hot water costs by up to 80 per cent and lower greenhouse gas emissions. GARAGE DOOR SALES & REPAIRS PTY LTD Showroom: Unit 57/4 Hoyle Ave, CASTLE HILL ( OVER 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE ( 2267763 6/12 SPECIAL GARAGE DOOR AUTO OPENER MERRY CHRISTMAS & ALL THE BEST FOR 2012 FROM $440 WITH 3 REMOTES EXCLUDES ELECTRICAL POWER POINT IF REQUIRED FREE MEASURE & QUOTE 9894 7188 9894 1233 AUTHORISED DEALER IAN CUBITT S CLASSIC HOME IMPROVEMENTS MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS l LICENCE NO: 66902C CONCEPT DESIGN | COUNCIL APPROVAL | CONSTRUCTION | GROUND AND 1ST FLOOR EXTENSIONS Open 7 Days | 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains | www.classichomeimprovements.com.au BUILDER OF QUALITY EXTENSIONS Designed and built for your lifestyle 1300 721 150 2150313 1/11 SPLIT & DUCTED AIR CONDITIONING Authorised Dealer Licence No 215990C SPRING SPECIALS SAVEUPTO$600 ON DAIKIN DUCTED SYSTEMS SAVEUPTO$300 ON DAIKIN SPLIT SYSTEMS PHONE NOW for a FREE In-Home Quote 9737 0293 2030589 20/9
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