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Home Living : January 10th 2012
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, January 10, 2012 1 HIGHER BILLS MEAN BEHAVIOUR CHANGE PEOPLE ARE SCRAMBLING TO COVER COSTS' Janita Singh Aussies will take steps to cut their power bills this summer. MAKE THE SWITCH Electric water heaters account for about 25 per cent of a household's energy use. Switching to a solar water heater can reduce water heating energy consumption by up to 50-90 per cent. From 2012, the federal government plans to phase out electric water heaters which means households needing to replace an electric hot water system will be required to install an environmentally friendly alternative. The federal and some state governments are offering rebates to eligible home owners who swap their electric water heater for a solar hot water system. ENERGY SAVING AUSSIES will be shutting themselves in, changing their water usage habits and be very wary of how they use electric appliances this summer in an attempt to keep cool and their power bills in check. Commissioned by Sola- hart, an online Newspoll survey of more than 1200 Australians aged 18-64 found an overwhelming ma- jority of respondents -- 89 per cent -- said they would close their curtains or blinds to keep the house cool during summer and reduce their energy bills, while 83 per cent were like- ly to wash clothes in cold water rather than hot water. Being quick in and out of the fridge and taking shor- ter or cooler showers were also cited by 80 per cent of Aussies as other likely power-saving measures, while 79 per cent said they would switch off appliances at the power point to de- crease their power usage. Almost a quarter of those surveyed also noted they were likely to use candles for lighting, just to help reduce their energy bills over summer. Solahart sales and mar- keting renewables general manager Stephen Cranch said increasing power prices forced behavioural change but warned many still seemed unaware of the extent to which energy prices could soar in the next few years. ''People are clearly scram- bling to cover costs and searching for any way poss- ible to help reduce their power usage. For example, 52 per cent of respondents said they would go to a shopping centre or cinema to cool down in an effort to save on running airconditioners or fans at home,'' Mr Cranch said. Inside SIMPLE WAYS TO KEEP COOL CHANGING SIZE OF GARDENS LIVING SMART, LOOKING GOOD 9938 4377 Showroom 1/9 Powells Rd Brookvale email@example.com supershades.com.au Free All suburbs in home consultation Save on Summer Conditions apply. Not valid with any other offer. 10 %off Aluxor Awnings VISIT OUR NEW SHOWROOM opposite Greengate Hotel Killara Phone 9880 2885 Display 684 Pacific Hwy, Killara 2071 | www.totalbathrooms.com.au 2232939 20/09 FREE QUOTES: PERGOLAS DECKS OPENING ROOFS CUSTOMISED TO YOUR HOME & LIFESTYLE ADD VALUE TO YOUR HOME AND LIFESTYLE K ĚŽŽ >ŝ ŝŶŐ ŝ Ś ŚĞ Ğ DĂ Ğ ŝĂů Θ tŽ ŬŵĂŶ Śŝ ŽŶ ŽīĞ OR 1300 361 390 Call Us to speak to one of our experienced Design Consultants Visit our Showroom: 361 Pennant Hills Road Pennant Hills NSW 2120 CORNER OF GEORGE STREET HIA MASTERBUILDERS ASSOCIATION AU ST RAL IA NEW SOU TH WALES LIB ERTY PRO C E S S STABILITY FIRST NCORPORATED 1873 www.pergolaland.com.au Builders Lic: 93536C Master Builders Association HIA Member
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