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Home Living : July 8th 2008
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, July 8, 2008 3 Stay cosy in bed An electric blanket uses much less energy than a typical room heater HOMELIVING We all like to be cosy in our bedrooms during winter but you may be spending money unnecessarily on heating costs. EnergyAustralia energy efficiency expert Paul Myors says heaters use a lot of energy if you leave them running for long periods, so it's best to avoid leaving them on overnight in bedrooms. ''You could save yourself more than $100 a year if you can use an extra blanket or a hot water bottle instead,'' he says. An electric blanket uses much less energy than a typical room heater. Try preheating the bed and switching off the electric blanket before you go to sleep to save even more. Reverse-cycle airconditioning is an efficient way to heat your room. With a ducted system, it's important to zone your heating to the smallest area. While gas heaters are generally more cost effective than electric ones, for safety reasons you should never use an unflued gas heater in the bedroom, particularly overnight. If it's necessary to run a heater overnight, an oil column heater is the safest option but be aware of high running costs. Ceiling fans can also keep you warm in winter. Most have a reverse switch which can be used to push the heat back down. Details: Call 13 15 35 or go to www.energy.com.au It simply wooden be fair Dodgy deals and bogus lottery wins are scams which the Office of Fair Trading wants us to avoid. And at this time of year, when temperatures start to drop, there's no better way to unwind at the end of the day than in front of a warm cosy fire. But don't be duped into paying more for firewood by a scheming sales person looking to take advantage of the situation. Some firewood suppliers sell their stock by weight or by volume and, upon delivery, must provide you with an invoice stating the exact amount delivered. If they sell the wood by weight, they must use approved scales that have been tested for accuracy either by Fair Trading or a person licensed by Fair Trading. When selling wood by volume, the correct quantity must be provided as well. Traders must ensure that pre- packaged wood is labelled correctly, with details about the net weight clearly displayed on the main panel. In the case where firewood is supplied by the truckload, you should inspect the load before accepting the delivery. If you feel you have been supplied with less wood than what you paid for, contact the Office of Fair Trading on 13 32 20 or visit www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au to make an inquiry or lodge a complaint. RAINWATER TANK PACKAGE DEALS STARTING FROM $999 INCLUDING DELIVERY AND INSTALLATION CALL 1300 55 43 63 FOR A FREE ONSITE QUOTE TANKS START FROM JUST $595 AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY & INSTALLATION FULL RANGE OF PUMPS & ACCESSORIES COURTYARD & SLIMLINE SPECIALISTS TANKS FROM 1000L TO 10,000L BROAD COLOUR RANGE ASK ABOUT OUR FREE DELIVERY HLN 2184042iL WK02 SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE Bring your ideas to our showroom for FREE design and quote Mon-Fri 10.00am-4.30pm Sat-Sun 10.00am-3.00pm 4/202 Rowe Street, EASTWOOD Ph: 9011 8156 Fax: 8206 9339 www.scankitchen.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org 2071847i hln wk46 Save up to 30% on your new kitchen DETAILED JOINERY Plantation Shutters 24 Orchard Road Brookvale www.sarmax.com.au Just a few reasons to call Sarmax NOW for your free quote Privacy Noise reduction Ventilation Light control Insulation Low maintenance Cedar or aluminium Custom made High quality Local family business Your team that thinks outside the square Call us today 9905 8422 Save $ - buy direct from the manufacturer 2347884K HLN WK1 Free Measure and Quote • SLIDING OR HINGED DOORS • LIFETIME WARRANTY • WE SERVICE ALL AREAS Lic: 185684C 2262271i hln wk37 9838 9090 www.justforyouwardrobes.com.au Built In Wardrobes 'Designed to suit your budget'
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