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Home Living : January 10th 2012
HLS - HOME LIVING: SOUTH, 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. 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 • Service • Variety • Full range • Accessories • Hinged Doors • Sliding Doors • Over 20 years exp. Sydney Wardrobe Company Pty. Ltd www.sydneywardrobe.com.au Lic: 185628C 2152887i hlw wk40 Showroom & Factory: Fax: 77 Larra St, Yennora 9632 1399 Specialising in Shopfront & Domestic Roller Shutters SAVE $$$ - FACTORY DIRECT PRICES Master Lic:408646770 Roller Shutters Shopfront Shutters Stainless Steel Doors Automatic Garage Doors FREE MEASURE & QUOTES Call 9632 1111 www.burwoodshutters.com.au 5% OFF YOUR LOWEST GENUINE PRICE Window Shutters Safety Doors Window Grilles Automatic Gates 2061737i hlw wk15 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 • 2 x Mirror doors • Wall to wall up to 2.4m wide • 1 x Single Hanging space • 1 x Draw unit (4 draws) + 3 shelving •1xShoerack • 1 x Double hanging space • 3 x mirror doors •Walltowallupto 3.6m wide Bankstown 9786 0395e Surcharge applies to Campbelltown area Wally's Wardrobe World 2173633i hlc wk49 up to 2.4m wide up to 3.6m wide 2.4m high 2.4m high $570 inc GST $870 inc GST
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