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Home Living : January 24th 2012
MB HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, January 24, 2012 1 SAVE MONEY ON THE POOL CUT YOUR RUNNING COSTS Janita Singh Gas or solar heating can increase the number of days when you and the family can swim in your pool. SUMMER BACKYARD pools are a large part of suburban liv- ing and entertaining. But anyone owning one knows about the commit- ment and cost. Pools require periodic re- filling due to evaporation, chemicals to keep the water clean and power to run, filter and heat them. Luckily, pool owners can make smart choices result- ing in a pool that does not demand much fuss or work. As a result, eco-pools are becoming popular, with many money-saving prod- ucts. Installing a cover, run- ning the filter during off- peak hours and creating or growing windbreaks help with running costs. Energy-efficient pool heating can add to the days a family can use a pool. Another winner is solar heating. Heat pumps are also efficient and consume little energy to operate. Gas efficiently heats to a comfortable temperature at any time. Timers on the pump also help. Filtering in off-peak hours reduces demand for electricity. Pool companies can advise you on environ- mentally friendly cleaning products. Inside DESIGN YOUR OWN GARDEN COOL THINGS TO GET THIS SEASON FUN AT THE FURNITURE FAIR TIPS TO KEEP CHILD SAFE HERE'S few safety tips from the Swimming Pool & Spa Association of NSW. Supervision: When it comes to young children, constant adult supervision is important. Children should never be left alone. Fence your pool: The NSW Swimming Pools Act requires all swimming pools to be fenced (minimum 1.2m high) with gates that are self- closing and self-latching. It also requires pool owners to display resuscitation charts around pools. Be swim smart: Ensuring children are familiar with water is one of the best investments for parents. In- vest in swim lessons. Safety devices: There are wireless pool alarms that will detect someone entering the pool water and set off an alarm. There are even alarms that can be attached to a child's wrist. Kitchens Bathrooms Doors Laundries Toilets from $19 5 full ceramic 4 panel solid timber maple Doors Crazy! $135 30% off Custom Made Kitchens SALE Vanities from $199 Solid timber maple French Doors Crazy! $169 AusLux Stainless Steel Sinks from $110 24 Bridge Street, RYDALMERE - off Victoria Rd Ph 9898 1200 www.auslux.com.au OPEN 7 DAYS Mon - Fri 9.00am-5.00pm Saturday 9.30am-2.00pm Sunday 9.30am-1.00pm Bathroom Accessories from $15 Taps from $45 Shower Screens from $375 Home Improvement 2247034i 12/4 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 ASSOC IATION AUSTRALIA NEWSOUTH WALES LIBERT Y PROCESS S TABIL I TY FIRST INCORPORATED 1873 www.pergolaland.com.au Builders Lic: 93536C Master Builders Association HIA Member
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