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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. MB HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, June 19, 2012 3 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. Specialists in the supply and installation of aluminium windows and doors Call today for your free measure and quote PHONE 9623 5611 Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.betaview.com.au 2033895 14/2 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 CARPORTS - PERGOLAS - AWNINGS - TIMBER DECKS A FAMILY BUSINESS THAT WILL GUARANTEE YOU QUALITY AND PERSONALISED SERVICE. FREE DESIGN & QUOTE Master Builder Lic. No. 176377c PH: 1300 765 895 www.austekhomeimprovements.com.au 2054618 29/5 *Discounts off R.R.P. on selected ranges only while stocks last. Offer supercedes previous offers. PROMO CODE: NORTH 30520 60% OFF * UP TO WINTER SALE! 30 years of local manufacturing. Best quality and price guaranteed. SYDNEY BLINDS & SCREENS Ph: 9636 1555 SHOWROOM: 26 STODDART RD, PROSPECT (Monday-- Friday & Sunday) Check out our NEW website at www.sydneyblinds.com.au FREE quotes ALL suburbs Master Builders Association HIA Member Builders Lic: 93536C Visit our Showroom: 361 Pennant Hills Road Pennant Hills NSW 2120 CORNER OF GEORGE STREET Call us today: For FREE measure and quote 1300 361 390 View our Website: www.pergolaland.com.au Beat the carbon tax get in before the prices rise July 1st Free Quotes: PERGOLAS DECKS OPENING ROOFS OPENING ROOF PERGOLA PERGOLA & DECK HIA MASTERBUILDERS ASSOCIATION AUST RALIA NEW SOUTH WALES LIBE RTY PR OC ES S STA BILITY FRST INCORPORATED 1873
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