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Home Living : January 10th 2012
HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, January 10, 2012 1 Seen any great ideas? Tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org SIMPLE WAYS TO COOL Take simple steps to keep cool and save. Leave doors and windows open. Shading windows with blinds, pergolas, or even trees will help. LOOK GOOD, LIVE SMART Kitchens this year are all about looking good and living smart. So the focus is on striking the balance between clever design, quality and simplicity. DO YOUR HOMEWORK Do your homework when buying airconditioners that can have a big impact on energy bills. Look at the features and check the star rating. 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. Metropolitan Built-in Wardrobes Pty Ltd FREE MEASURE & QUOTE SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS Mon- Fri 8.00am - 4.00pm Sat 8.00am - 12.30pm T: 9763 5899, F: 9763 5877 www.metropolitanwardrobes.com.au Unit 6, 1-15 Wentworth Rd Nth, Homebush (off Bellona Ave) 15 YEARS GUARANTEED 2141582i hln wk39 Lic. 137155c Cash back for Christmas Receive $100 installed on a Visa Gift Card for every $1000 you spend on Accent Blinds accentblinds.com.au "MFYBOESJBt$IBUTXPPEt4FWFO )JMMT 1FOSJUIt/FXDBTUMFt8PMMPOHPOH 131913 'PS GVMM UFSNT DPOEJUJPOT WJTJU UIF "DDFOU XFCTJUF License: 229380C www.granitetransformations.com.au 2/213 North Rocks Rd, NORTH ROCKS Call now for a FREE measure & quote 9630 4111 2077389 30/8 • We can give your kitchen a fabulous facelift by overlaying the benchtop with the unique stone surfacing product from Italy and your choice of door styles & finishes to save $$$ thousands! A KITCHEN MAKEOVER WILL SAVE YOU $$$ THOUSANDS ADD VALUE TO YOUR HOME AND LIFESTYLE K ĚŽŽ >ŝ ŝŶŐ ŝ Ś ŚĞ Ğ DĂ Ğ ŝĂů Θ tŽ ŬŵĂŶ Śŝ ŽŶ ŽīĞ FREE QUOTES: PERGOLAS DECKS OPENING ROOFS CUSTOMISED TO YOUR HOME & LIFESTYLE OR 1300 364 290 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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