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Home Living : July 15th 2008
6 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, July 15, 2008 Recipe for saving Fan-forced ovens use about one-third less energy than a conventional oven HOMELIVING Energy use in the kitchen can account for up to 10 per cent of the average family's power bill. But according to EnergyAustralia energy-efficiency expert Paul Myors, savings can be made by following a few simple steps during cooking. Portable cooking devices such as electric frypans, pressure cookers or microwaves generally use less energy than an oven. However, nothing beats oven-baked delights, especially in winter, so try to keep the oven door closed until the food is cooked. Fan-forced ovens use about one-third less energy than a conventional oven and they cook faster. Overall, natural gas heats faster and produces one-third of the greenhouse emissions of electricity. Gas ovens don't cook as evenly as electric ovens so a good compromise is to use a fan-forced oven with a gas cooktop. Cooking with the lid on pots retains the heat, cooking the contents faster. It's also best to use the minimum amount of water in pots and bring liquid to the boil quickly on a high setting before turning the heat down. Remember, a jug or kettle will boil water more efficiently than using the cooktop and a toaster is more efficient than using an oven grill to make toast. Details: www.energy.com.au/efficiency or call 131 535. Blinds a sight for sore eyes » ADVERTISING FEATURE Window coverings need to be practical as well as aesthetically pleasing to fit in with the surrounding decor. Dual Flexi Glide Roller Blinds allow you to combine the functionality of two different fabrics in the one roller-blind system. They also offer flexibility to adjust both the light levels and night-time privacy in the one application. The Luxaflex Flexi Glide hardware used on a dual-blind system combines sophisticated technology with a range of high-performance fabrics -- from room darkening to light filtering and popular sunscreen options -- for better performance. The blinds provide smooth and effortless operation in a lightweight system. This is ideal for a range of room styles where light and privacy control are important. Flexi Glide Roller Blinds can be purchased in wider dimensions with the new linked roller-blind system which has the ability to operate up to three blinds with the one control. Details: www.luxaflex.com.au 998 Victoria Road, West Ryde (Cnr Station Street) Ph 9809 0852 www.bathroomeffect.com.au Mon-Sat 9.00-5.00 Stamford Seville Shower $279 Licence No. 144928C Open 6 days For every $500 spent in store you go into a draw to WIN an 80cm SAMSUNG LCD TV FREE SKOPE white wall heater with every full bathroom renovation (includes installation) *offer is valid till end of August 2008 Envy Mk II (easy clean) Toilet Now $690 Wels 4 Star Hansa Pin Basin $290 Parisi Basins Prices Start from $299 'Come in for more Specials' ELLISSE Toilet Now $1100 Wels 4 Star Wels 4 Star 2179370i hln wk1 Wels 3 Star Until stocks last WINTER SALE Jetmaster fires are designed to burn wood or gas, choose from 8 different stunningly realistic gas log, pebble or coal fires. Jetmaster -- Heat & Glo balanced flue gas log fires can vent straight out the back, and easy installation is ideal for double storey application. Easily convert your existing fireplace, Jetmaster offer 12 sizes, simply insert the gas firebox and gain up to 5 times more heat. Call into our showroom and view the beautiful range of Jetmaster gas and wood fires -- with well over 20 working displays. www.jetmaster.com.au Arncliffe (turn left at the end of Wollongong Rd, just up from the mosque) 10 Martin Ave 02 9597 7222 Castlecrag (cnr Covelee Circuit) 167 Eastern Valley Way 02 9958 1777 Castle Hill (between the Tavern & the RTA) 3/10 Salisbury Road 02 9680 7279 Penrith 5 Coombes Drive 02 4722 9099 Jetmaster the ultimate choice in gas and wood fires.
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