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Home Living : January 10th 2012
HLW - HOME LIVING: 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. 47 Cassola Place, Penrith Unit 13/12 Stanton Road, Seven Hills www.allform.com.au Email: email@example.com Phone: 1300 789 134 Builders Lic No 130727C Sydney's Premier Lifestyle Building Company Call now for an obligation free quote Creating additional living and entertainment space Home Extensions • Awnings • Patio Covers • Decks • Verandahs • Pergolas • Carports • Glass & Screen Rooms • Drafting Service & Council Applications 2028094 29/11 Ashfield 244 --246 Parramatta Rd (Cnr Bland St) 9799 7999 Minchinbury Shop 33, M Centre, 40 Sterling Rd 9675 6885 Roselands 1112 -- 1120 Canterbury Rd (Cnr. Stephenson St.) 4 Locations Come to us before you buy - Conditions apply Buy online www.bathroomcentre.com.au Aus. std Close coupled ceramic toilet. 4 star 4.5/3.0 Ldfc From$150 RRP $256 Wall faced Aus std Soft closed seater. 4 star wells 4.5/3.0Ldfc From$329 RRP $480 Allura Luxury spa, 6 jets, hot pump Only$695 RRP $785 Laundry Tub Only $155 RRP $195 Leading brand toilet. Aus std Wells 4 star 4.5/3.0 Ldfc Only$99 RRP $148 High Gloss vanity 600mm Only $199 RRP $265 We have all sizes of vanities (from mini 510mm to 1800mm), single or double bowls, or custom made to meet your needs. Aus. std basin mixer Wels 5 star 6l/pm From$39 RRP $65 Aus. std basin mixer Wels 5 star 6l/pm From$29 RRP $55 AUS.std square shower head Wels 3 star 7.5l/pm Only$89 RRP $280 Luxury free standing bath Tap not included Only$985 RRP $1455 Luxury Aus. std, square basin mixer Wells 5 star 6l/pm Only$85 RRP $280 Luxury Aus. std, square bath/shower mixer $85 RRP $260 Granville Shop 1/164-166 Parramatta Rd (cnr. Bold St) 9682 1662 MTV Bathroom Centre "Grand Opening Sale To Celebrate Our New Store In Granville! Good News for Parramatta Area!! Hurry! While stocks last!!" Top quality and unbeatable price 2146448 6/12
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