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Home Living : August 19th 2008
8 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, August 19, 2008 HOMELIVING .............................................. HOMELIVING Ask your landlord Renters can do a lot to keep a lid on energy bills and greenhouse emissions. Heating and cooling appliances are some of the biggest energy users in the home and rental properties are often poorly insulated. Some good news is the Federal Government has announced a Landlord Insulation Rebate of up to $500 for installation of ceiling insulation in rental properties. Details at www.environment.gov.au/ rebates. If your hot water system is electric and not on a cheaper off-peak tariff then you're paying top dollar for hot showers. Installing a triple-star showerhead can save up to $100 a year but get your landlord's permission first. Older fridges use up to three times the energy of an equivalent new high-star rating model. Regardless of the age of your fridge ensure there is at least 80mm gap at the back and sides and try to locate it away from sun and the oven. Anyone can install compact fluorescent lightglobes (CFLs) and they use 80 per cent less energy and last much longer. Each CFL can save up to $10 per year on your energy bill. And always try to switch lights and appliances off when not needed. Clothes dryers also use lots of electricity and people in apartments might feel they have to use them for every load, which can add more than $100 per year to your bill. Where possible use a clothesline or an indoor clothes horse. Details supplied by Paul Myors an energy efficiency expert from EnergyAustralia. For more details call 131 535 or go to www.energy.com.au Track work » ADVERTISING FEATURE Unless your home is brand new, it probably has a window or door that clunks and thuds or sticks badly when you open or close it, says DIY expert Kevin Farrell. ''Most are easily fixed by replacing the wheels,'' he said. The first step is to make some work room, then lift the window or door by holding it by its edges, swing the bottom until its free of the track and then lower it to rest on the floor. He says it's a good idea to have a helper standing by because glass windows and doors are sometimes heavier than they look. ''Usually it's easy to see how the wheel unit is removed. Measure the dimensions in millimetres, and then visit www.cowdroy.com.au to select the right replacement.'' You can also take the wheels to the nearest hardware store and they'll help you. Install, adjust and operate it with a gentle push. Carefully clean and inspect the track. Remove any lumps with a scraper or file. Keep the track clean because sand and grit is the likely cause of your problem. cumberlandnewspapers.com.au 2189101 Inspiration, innovative products and practical solutions Each week Home Living provides you with the latest in renovation, interior decorating and design Introduce your business to over 1.8 million* prospective customers. phone 9689 5395 *Roy Morgan Readership Survey, September 2006 998 Victoria Road, West Ryde (Cnr Station Street) Ph 9809 0852 www.bathroomeffect.com.au Monday to Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm Licence No. 144928C Open 6 days For every $500 spent, you have the chance to WIN an 80cm SAMSUNG LCD TV in our draw Until stocks last WINTER SALE HANSA Polo basin mixer Wels 4 star was $255 Now $215 Caroma Opal 2000 Toilet Suite $650 Wels 4 Star HANSA Polo Piccolo wall mixer was $265Now $225 25% off Dorf designer accessories Methven Espray II Shower rail, 5 function handset Wels 3 Star was $220 Now $185 Vogue Bermuda 900mm gloss vanity was $800 Now $499 Includes Novelli Basin mixer and Pop-up plug & waste VISIT OUR STORE FOR MORE SPECIALS 2252200i hln wk06 TIMBER KITCHEN RESTORATIONS 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 free quote all areas 2197834i hlnw wk8
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