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Home Living : August 7th 2012
CHOP POWER BILL ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN KITCHENS Kitchens account for about 16 per cent of the average household's power bills. Fill dishwashers to capacity for energy efficiency. KITCHENS Janita Singh Details: Visit ausgrid.com.au. KITCHENS are the hub of the family home but energy used there can account for about 16 per cent of the average household's power bills. Ausgrid's efficiency expert Paul Myors said even bad cooks can save money in the kitchen by following few simple steps. Fan-forced ovens use about one-third less energy than a conventional oven and keeping the door closed ensures energy isn't wasted. Portable alternatives such as microwaves also generally use less energy than an oven. Natural gas heats faster and produces a third of the greenhouse emissions of elec- tricity, so it's a good option for your cook top. Remember a kettle boils water more efficiently than a stove, and cooking with the lid on a pot retains the heat and cooks faster, saving you energy and money. Leaving the fridge door open lets cool air out and makes the fridge work harder. Ensure your fridge door seals are airtight. A fridge that's 15 years or older can add $250 a year to your energy bills, so consider upgrading to a high star-rated model that can save you more than $150 off your bill. Fill dishwashers to capacity before each wash cycle because a half-filled dishwasher uses the same energy as a full load. FRENCH STYLE BEDROOM AND DINING SUITES | CHANDELIERS LAMPS www.fleurfurniture.com.au 267 Victoria Road, GLADESVILLE p (02) 9817 1844 | f (02) 9818 3257 Parking to the rear of shop | Closed Mondays -- Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm 2116078 16/8 4577 7474 www.arcticair.com.au TRADE IN your old air conditioner! $200 cash back for split systems & $400 cash back for ducted systems Upon purchase of a new air conditioning system! 2250432 8/11 Decks Pergolas Stainless steel wire handrail Lattice Privacy Screens DIY pergola and deck kits Lic No: 170944C FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS OUTDOOR PINE FREE DESIGN & QUOTE 5 CHILVERS ROAD THORNLEIGH www.thomsonsoutdoorpine.com.au 2136330i hln wk39 PHONE: 9980 7611 THOMSON S IAN CUBITT S CLASSIC HOME IMPROVEMENTS MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS l LICENCE NO: 66902C CONCEPT DESIGN | COUNCIL APPROVAL | CONSTRUCTION | GROUND AND 1ST FLOOR EXTENSIONS Open 7 Days | 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains | www.classichomeimprovements.com.au BUILDER OF QUALITY EXTENSIONS Designed and built for your lifestyle 1300 721 150 2150313 1/11
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