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Home Living : July 8th 2008
HLF - Publication, 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. STYLE -- QUALITY -- DESIGN www.instyleblindsandshutters.com.au Call for a FREE measure and quote 9631 48282092881i hln wk52 Roller Blinds Roman Blinds Venetian Blinds Aluminium Blinds Panel Glide Blinds Plantation Shutters Metropolitan Built-in Wardrobes Pty Ltd FREE MEASURE & QUOTE SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS Mon- Fri 8.30am - 4.30pm Sat 8.30am - 1pm T: 9763 5899, F: 9763 5877 www.metropolitanwardrobes.com.au Unit 6, 1-15 Wentworth Rd Nth, Homebush (off Bellona Ave) 15 YEARS GUARANTEED 2186337i hln wk42 1300 888 743 www.theleafman.com.au Company Director Member of HIA Greensmart Don't Worry About Your Gutters & W ter Collection Ever Again! an Australia - successfully g d water collection r over 10 years. GUTTER GUARD ter Guard Specialists. ange to best suit your olorbond® Steel m • Stainless Steel • Fibreglass • Plastic RAIN WATER TANKS Our specialists ensure you get what you need to suit your requirements. REPLACEMENT GUTTERS We ensure that your gutters are in prime condition to collect maximum water • Your home will have protection from embers, birds, pests & vermin • You'll have increased & cleaner tank water • You'll never have to worry about leaf-clogged gutters again Water Water on Ev ion Ev The Leaf Ma tra protecting gutters an across Australia for THE LEAF MAN G The Complete Gutt Choose from our ra needs: • Bluescope Co • Aluminium • Stainle E E eL ot a M ple ose ed • 2384164i hln wk02 includes free gutter cleaning CALL NOW! Your complete Gutter Protection & Water Specialists Strongest Ceiling & Wall Repairs Ceiling & wall expert Old ceilings restored Best background in Australia Work further than Aust. Standards 35 years experience Call Kerry Kelaher Builders Lic No R80718 0406 798 557 (anytime) *Conditions Apply 2348208i hlnw wk1 RESTORE CEILINGS? CRACKED CEILINGS? CRACKED WALLS? 50% OFF* (Call now!) Kitcheners Kitchens has an impressive range of brand new kitchen finishes and designs. We need clients with homes to "show them off ". We will need to take photographs of your new kitchen for our brochure when installed. (It's cheaper than building a photographic set . . . and always looks better in a real home). For this we offer a HUGE DISPLAY DISCOUNT! Strictly first come first served. Call 1800 826 144 now (24 hrs) for more info. www.kitcheners.com.au Display Kitchens Wanted! 70% of normal prices 2263324i hln wk50
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