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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. 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 BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES PH: 9890 7477 PH: 9890 7477 • FREE MEASURE & QUOTE • LIFETIME GUARANTEE Made to suit your budget & needs • Style • Service • Variety • Full range • Accessories • Hinged Doors • Sliding Doors • Over 20 years exp. Sydney Wardrobe Company Pty. Ltd www.sydneywardrobe.com.au Lic: 185628C 2152887i hlw wk40
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