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Home Living : September 9 2008
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, September 9, 2008 5 Chilling discovery at home The fridge is often the hub of the family home, an essential part of every kitchen. But how you use your fridge could be pushing up your electricity bills and greenhouse gas emissions, says Paul Myors energy efficiency expert for EnergyAustralia. ''A recent survey found more than 20 per cent of people leave the fridge door open while unloading their shopping. And 28 per cent of people under 30 leave the fridge door open while making a sandwich or breakfast,'' he said. ''By leaving the fridge door open more than necessary, you are letting the cool air out and making the fridge work harder to replace it.'' Simple checks on your fridge might also help you save. Check the fridge door seals with a five dollar note, the seal may need replacing if the note is not firmly held in place. Also defrost the fridge if it's not a frost-free model. If you own a second fridge that is not being used ask yourself if you really need it. An old fridge running 24 hours a day, seven days a week could be adding up to $220 to your energy bill every year and 1.5 tonnes of Co2 emissions. And if that is not incentive enough, the NSW Government's new Fridge Buyback scheme will pay up to $35 to get rid of your fridge if it's more than 10 years old and larger than 250 litres. For more information visit: www.fridgebuyback.com.au If you are buying a new fridge, check the star rating label. A new high star fridge can cost as little as $70 a year to run. Details: Visit www.energy.com.au/ efficiency or call 131 535. Seeing red Western red cedar is uniquely suited for use in outdoor structures When the warm weather arrives, what better way to enjoy it than outdoors? Decks can be built in all sorts of shapes and sizes and with various materials. However they are traditionally made from timber, a trend that continues to be popular as it complements the outdoor surroundings and is the most environmentally-sustainable building material available. Western red cedar is an ideal decking material for those that want a timber that is beautiful, environmentally sustainable and durable. The use of western red cedar for decks is common in North America and Europe, specifically the UK and Ireland. Western red cedar is suited for use in outdoor structures as it contains natural preservatives which resist both termite and moisture damage. A deck must be functional and suit your living style, back yard or courtyard and, of course, the budget. A ground-level deck provides the simplest way of expanding living space outdoors. These are particularly effective in transforming a concrete courtyard into an inviting outdoor living area or providing a usable outdoor space over damp, rocky or uneven terrain. Even very small areas can be made into attractive and practical decks. Details: www.wrcea.org HOMELIVING REVITALISE YOUR TILES !! 2187859i hln wk11 DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL The great thing about tiles is that they outlast many other floor coverings. Unfortunately, over time dirt can become ingrained in the tiles and grout joints which can be very hard to remove by home owners. At Tile Cleaning Solutions, we have developed a new way of cleaning that "hard to remove" dirt from tiles. The process we use utilises hot water at high pressure to remove all the in ground dirt and oils from the tiles and grout joints. A powerful vacuum simultaneously removes the water and dirt from the floor, leaving it totally clean, just like the first day the tiles were installed. If this sound messy, it isn't. Because all the cleaning is completed in a dome that is attached to the floor, there is no mess or overspray. This method can be used to clean internal and external tiles, pavers, stones, concrete and driveways. To book in a demonstration Call 0401 925 090 or 0419 227 514 Tile Cleaning Solutions Turn your dreams without cha Reality Have an Architect designed home built on your existing block of land. Allow us to design a home to suit your needs, whether you have a 10 metre frontage or acreage, require a single level, 2-3 storey or split level luxury residence... we have the expertise and desire to please. We offer a free quotation and site inspection. At Binet Homes, we can also design and build a beautiful swimming pool, tennis courts and landscaping to complete the entire package ... with the assistance of our superior interior design service. HOUSE AND LAND PACKAGES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE. Contact our office now for FREE QUOTE & SITE INSPECTION 9868 3222 3 Carlingford Rd, Epping 2121. www.binethomes.com.au Now Established 40 Years Builders Licence No. 4443 ABN 26 000 519 719 PG BINET Pty Ltd trading as BINET HOMES 2224425i hln wk11
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