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Home Living : September 30 2008
8 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, September 30, 2008 Send in the tanks HOMELIVING As the drought drags on, more households are taking up the option of rainwater tanks in their gardens, Housing Industry Association executive director Graham Wolfe says. ''The tank is destined to become as much a part of the suburban Australian scene as the backyard barbecue,'' he says. ''I have received calls from some readers concerned about whether they can fit a tank on to their block. ''In many cases they have seen the larger versions installed by environmental enthusiasts that dominate their surroundings and, quite bluntly, are rather unattractive.'' Tanks come in all shapes and sizes and it is surprising how they can fit into odd corners. They can even be installed underground, although this adds considerably to the cost. Mr Wolfe says the majority of water collected in tanks is used for irrigating gardens and topping up pools during long dry periods. Increasingly, tanks are plumbed in order to provide water for toilets with the facility to revert to mains water should they run dry. More sophisticated systems provide water of a sufficient standard for cooking and drinking. Mr Wolfe says it is best to consult an HIA professional to make a decision on the best water tank to suit your needs. Also, different jurisdictions have varying regulations on the installation of water tanks and owners may qualify for a rebate on water rates. Contact your local authority for details. Details: www.tradebuild.com.au ................................................. End power struggle Whether you are at home or away, you are constantly consuming electricity. That means you're adding dollars to energy bills unnecessarily. EnergyAustralia's energy- efficiency expert Paul Myors says identifying the biggest energy users is the first step to reducing your energy use and greenhouse emissions. Hot water is the biggest energy user in most homes, using more than one- third of an average home's energy use. Showering guzzles the most hot water so consider taking shorter showers with the help of a shower timer and install a water-efficient showerhead. Try to wash your clothes in cold water wherever possible. The next highest user is heating and cooling, which is typically 20 to 25 per cent of energy use. Consider insulating your home, stop draughts in winter, and allow cross-ventilation in summer. An optimal room temperature in summer is 23-26C and in winter, 18-21C. Other big energy users are kitchen and laundry appliances. When choosing your next major appliance, go for the energy- efficient option. Installing compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) throughout your home can save up to 80 per cent on your lighting bill. Details: Visit www.energy.com.au/efficiency or call 131 535. 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 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 2347879i hln wk01 RESTORE CEILINGS? CRACKED CEILINGS? CRACKED WALLS? 50% OFF* (Call now!) Also an extensive range of quality... Sunscreen Blinds Venetians Canvas Awnings (refurbishing Service also available) Verticals D.I.Y. Service Motorisation and more www.ashingtonblinds.com.au Ycall elsewhere? Call Ashington Blinds for no specials . . . Just top quality blinds at the right price. Phone 9482 8011 for a free in-home consultation or to make an appointment to visit our factory 10/36 Leighton Place Hornsby 2067704i nsg wk14 "We'll make you want to get naked" 1300 786 261 sydneybathrooms.com.au Lic # 207378c Dealer Licence No 187520C Authorised 2064180i hln wk12 PHONE NOW For a FREE in Home Quote SPRING SPECIALS 9737 0293 • SAVE UP TO $400 ON DAIKIN DUCTED SYSTEMS • SAVE UP TO $200 ON DAIKIN SPLIT SYSTEMS Decks Pergolas Stainless steel wire handrail Lattice Privacy Screens DIY pergola and deck kits Lic No: 170944C FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS THOMSON'S OUTDOOR PINE FREE DESIGN & QUOTE 5 CHILVERS ROAD THORNLEIGH www.thomsonsoutdoorpine.com.au POLYCARBONATE AWNINGS Translucent Carbolite Lets in light -- keeps out heat Up to 2.4m projection. No posts Suitable for windows -- doors -- patios 2349069i hln wk1 PHONE: 9980 7611
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