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Home Living : July 22nd 2008
HLF - Publication, Tuesday, July 22, 2008 5 Climate control » ADVERTISING FEATURE With the cold season upon us it is great to have the best option for heating the home. Frost Air Conditioning general manager Craig Farnworth says one of the most efficient forms of heating is ducted airconditioning which provides comfort to the home. With their energy efficiency some modern units are 35 per cent cheaper to run than conventional airconditioners. A few steps can be taken to improve the efficiency of an airconditioning unit that can also save on energy bills. Close off areas that are not being used. Only run areas that are commonly being used. Install ceiling insulation. Do not initially set a unit on a high temperature. It is more efficient to begin at a low setting, between 20 to 23C, and slowly warm the room. Regular maintenance or service is also a contributing factor. While it prolongs the life expectancy of the system it also maintains its efficiency. If your duct work is not sealed correctly, or even becomes unattached, you could be losing a lot of efficiency into the attic or ceiling space. It also creates bad air flow to outlets in each room. Have duct work checked and sealed for better efficiency and air flow. Clean filters regularly. If the filter is dirty this can slow the air flow, therefore making the system work harder to keep you warm. So if an airconditioning unit requires a service, contact Frost Air Conditioning. For an obligation-free measure and quote for a new system, call the sales team. Details: 9634 999, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.frostair.com.au HOMELIVING Easy savings Did you know that cutting your time in the shower by just one minute will save enough electricity to run a television for up to four hours? According to EnergyAustralia energy efficiency expert Paul Myors there are easy ways to reduce your bill and one of the best places to start is in the shower. ''Showering uses the most hot water in the home and research shows most people spend around seven minutes in the shower,'' he said. ''Savings can easily be made by using a timer to reduce your shower time. In fact, if the average family took just two minutes off their daily showers they could save up to $100 a year. ''A hot water system makes up about one-third of the total energy use for an average home, costing up to $400 a year to run and emitting up to four tonnes of carbon emissions. ''It makes sense to reduce your hot water use to save money and to cut your carbon footprint and the good news is people are doing just that.'' He said research shows that most households are already making an effort to reduce shower times, but more effort was needed. Other simple tips to save water is to install three-star rated, low-flow showerheads, fixing leaky hot water taps and to use cold water in the washing machine where possible. Details: Visit www.energy.com.au/ efficiency or call 131 535. "A quality builder you can trust " Classic Home Improvements 1300 721 150 Ian Cubitt's Classic Home Improvements provides Sydney's largest range of quality Awnings, Glass Rooms, Granny Flats/Studios and Ground Floor Extensions. We are the Outdoor Living and Extension Specialists. Ian Cubitt's SHOWROOM: 152 RUSSELL ST, EMU PLAINS www.classichomeimprovements.com.au ESTABLISHED BUILDERS - 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE BUILDERS LICENCE NO. 66902C 10 YEAR STRUCTURAL GUARANTEE (Conditions apply) 10 YEAR STRUCTURAL GUARANTEE (Conditions apply) MONEY BACK GUARANTEE IF NOT ABLE TO GET COUNCIL APPROVAL ON ALL PRODUCTS. (conditions apply) Outdoor Living Centre 152 Russell St Emu Plains Open 360 days a year cumberlandnewspapers.com.au Advertise your water saving product or service in Water Wise, published weekly in Home Living. For details of how we can introduce your business to over 1.8 million* prospective customers. phone 9689 5395 bewaterwise *Roy Morgan Readership Survey, September 2006 We refinish your timber doors & benchtops, bringing them back to new for much less than the cost of a new kitchen Ph: 1300 888 245 www.aglrestoration.com.au 2176562i hln wk4 RESTORATIONS CALL FOR A QUOTE new colour new handles new look
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