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Home Living : June 19th 2012
SOLAR POWER A POWERFUL SOL LITTLE RAY OF SUNSHINE FOR ENERGY BILLS With electricity prices due to skyrocket, now is a good time to consider solar power for your house. SOARING electricity prices and higher winter power consump- tion has put solar water heating and solar power generation back in the limelight as viable choices for home energy. Australian Bureau of Stat- istics figures show real house- hold electricity prices nation- wide rose more than 40 per cent over the last five years. In NSW, electricity prices are set to increase an average 18 per cent this year alone. Solar installation company, Solahart's General Manager Sales and Marketing Renew- ables, Stephen Cranch, says there is a compelling argument to go solar now but notes the numerous changes to rebate and incentive schemes, coupled with confusion around the dif- ference between solar power and solar water heating techno- logies, leave many confused. He said homeowners could mitigate the impact of higher energy costs by replacing their electric water heater, which accounts for around 25 per cent of a household's energy use, with a solar alternative. ''Switching to a solar water heater can reduce your water heating energy use by up to 50 to 90 per cent. ''You could also de- crease your greenhouse gas em- issions by around three tonnes a year, which is the equivalent of taking a small car off the road,'' Mr Cranch said. WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE? Details: Call 1300 721 914 or visit solahart.com.au FOR those confused about solar power systems, Solahart ans- wers some common questions. What's the difference be- tween solar water heating and solar power? With solar water heating, the heat is captured directly from the sun via collectors on the roof and transferred to the fluid circulating inside. Water is stored in an insulated tank for future use. Solar power (or solar PV) systems use sunlight (rath- er than heat) to generate power. Solar system saving A solar water heater saves on water heating bills. The amount saved depends on factors, such as roof orientation, location, hot water usage, type of system being replaced and water heat- ing energy tariff. Power gener- ated from a solar PV system can reduce your energy bills. Financial incentives Financial benefits exist in the form of Small-scale Technology Certificates, or STCs (formerly Renewable Energy Certifi- cates), which are a tradeable commodity attached to installa- tions of renewable energy sys- tems such as solar panels and solar water heaters. STCs are based on the power generated by your PV system or water heater during its lifetime. 2 HLC - HOME LIVING: CENTRAL, Tuesday, June 19, 2012 MB 3AMMUT 3TREET 3MITHFIELD WWW GLIDEROL COM &/2 ! &2%% -%!352% 15/4% #!,, o -ANUFACTURERS OF RESIDENTIAL ROLLERS DOORS o 3ECTIONAL OVERHEAD DOORS o !UTOMATIC GARAGE DOOR OPERATORS 2059752i 11/01 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 FIXED PRICE GUARANTEED Solar Power Specialist GERMAN DELTA INVERTER WITH 10 YEAR WARRANTY* 250 WATT AMERI SOLAR PANELS AVAILABLE SOLAR PANELS WITH 30 YEAR WARRANTY* *CONDITIONS APPLY. *METER INSTALLATION NOT INCLUDED Office: (02) 8677 4312 Mobile: 0479 021 161 email@example.com www.eurosolar.com.au Lic. No. PGE240204 • NO HIDDEN COSTS • BOOK BEFORE 1ST JULY • FIXED PRICES GUARANTEED Fully installed by CEC Accredited Licensed Electricians for only for only for only CALL 1300 959 013 2120944 19/6 *5.0kw system $8,499 WITH DELTA GERMAN INVERTER *4.18kw system $7,499 WITH DELTA GERMAN INVERTER *3.04kw system $5,099 WITH DELTA GERMAN INVERTER ALL AREAS 9838 9090 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Lifetime Warranty www.justforyouwardrobes.com.au DESIGNED TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET Timber Coloured panel Painted Mirrored Sliding p Hinged Built-inWardrobe SPECIALISTS JUST FOR YOU WARDROBES PTY.LTD Y Lic. 185684C 2174088K wk5 1582-1584 Canterbury Road, Punchbowl www.atoptide.com.au Tel: 97086888, 97086688 Fax:97086655 Mobile: 0452183168, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org WE SUPPLY WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD 9 cabinets with polyurethane doors, plus 2 pcs of granite benchtops. Please come to our show room or contact us for a quote More granite and quartz stone benchtops for retail and wholesale. $1800 $90+ $350+ $180+ $90 $30+ $90+ $150+ $500 $300 $180 2015611 28/2 Vinstar® LED Lighting High Performance LED Lighting Vinstar is a trademark of K.K Australia Pty Ltd For Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Retail Up to 3 years Warranty Huge range of LED lights & bulbs for all applications Save up to 90% on lighting costs Vinstar - Create a Cleaner World Commercial & Trade enquiries, Bulk orders & custom made Shop Online: www.vinstar.com.au Tel: 02 96 321 321
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