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Home Living : January 15th 2013
KEEPING COOL BE A FAN OF FANS AND SAVE STAY COOL AND CUT BILLS Janita Singh Using a fan instead of airconditioning could save you $150 over the course of a summer. COOLING YOUR HOME Use patio covers, awnings, and solar window screens to shade your home from the sun. For additional future savings, use strategically planted trees, shrubs and vines to shade your home. Solar control window films applied to existing glass in windows and doors can reduce exposure to ultraviolet radiation and reduce glare. A fan is the simplest and most cost-effective way to stay cool in summer. It can also help keep a lid on energy bills -- cooling costs make up about a quarter of the average household's energy bills. Ausgrid's energy-efficiency ex- pert Paul Myors says fans should always be your first port of call. ''While they don't lower the temperature, they can make it feel around three degrees cooler by circulating air around the room,'' Mr Myors says. Ceiling fans cost about 2¢ per hour to run, while air condition- ers can cost 30-40¢ an hour, run- ning up a bill of $150 over summer, Mr Myors says. ''Pedestal fans are great because you can move them to any room. They're also the cheapest to buy, with prices from $20.'' Other options include motorised whole-house fans installed in the roof to help cool larger areas. They create cool airflow throughout the house by drawing air into the roof cavity and out through vents. Bunnings national electrical buyer Belinda Rakers says there are ways to enhance cooling effect of a fan, for example using other cooling products that work well with a fan, such as misters. Remember to turn your ceiling fans to the summer forward ro- tation setting to efficiently circu- late cool air around the room. The ceiling fan should be in the counterclockwise direction -- while standing directly under the ceiling fan you should feel a cool breeze. The airflow produced cre- ates a wind-chill effect, making you feel cooler. Remember to adjust your ther- mostat when using your ceiling fan -- additional energy and dollar savings could be made just by taking this simple step. For more information and tips, visit ausgrid.com.au/waystosave or bunnings.com.au. COOL WAYS STOP YOURSELF FROM COOKING LOOK at your needs when buying fans. The size of your room and the number of people using it are good indicators. Consider features such as speed and blade type, and for ceilings think distance from the ceiling. Ceiling fans have timber or metal blades; metal produces more noise. The number of blades doesn't really affect performance. Pedestal/oscillating fans: come in single or multi-speed varieties and allow you to angle the head to face any direction. Bigger, oscillating fans are more effective. Tower fans: oscillate similarly to pedestal fans, but cover a wider area. Box fans: sit lower to the floor and can be placed in front of windows to draw air in from outside. They don't oscillate and are limited in size. Whole-house fans: help to cool a house by ventilating hot air pooled at the top of the house out through the roof. 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 2186648 6/11 MD Regular MD Budget MD Luxury !". 48 HOUR TURN AROUND 2075121 5/6 0 3HOWER 3CREENS &RAMED 3EMI &RAMELESS AND &RAMELESS AVAILABLE LIFETIME GUARANTEE WINNER Specialising in custom designs and manufacturing for kitchens and joinery All projects managed by Sheree Degabriele Free no obligation measure and quote Info@kitchensbyemanuel.com.au www.kitchensbyemanuel.com.au 22 Foxall Rd, Kellyville 2214359 28/2 9629 6866
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