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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 3rd 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, December 4, 2008 23 Make Christmas brighter Expert throws light on ways to save energy ENJOY the festive season without the stress of huge electricity bills by following few simple energy efficiency steps. Energy Australia's energy efficiency expert Paul Myors (pictured) said decorating your home and Christmas tree did not have to increase your energy bills if you took extra effort to be energy efficient. The good news is that standard Christmas display lights use very little power. A string of 400 fairy lights will add less than $2 to your bill, if run for 10 hours a night for one month. While standard Christmas lights won't cost you a lot to run, Mr Myors said it was a good idea to turn them off when you go to bed. Switching off decorations and appliances at the wall is the first step to reduce your energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. ''If you're going away for the holiday season, why not drop as much standby power in your home as you can. That means turning off at the wall everything that has a little red or green light glowing,'' he said. Standby power can add about $100 a year to household electricity bills. Appliances like televisions, sound systems, games consoles, computers, printers, modems and even dishwashers, are easy wins for cutting your standby energy use. If you have a second fridge, it's a good idea to empty it and switch it off while you're away. ''Older fridges can use up to three times the energy of newer models and add up to $200 per year to energy bills, so if you can switch one off you will save money, energy and greenhouse gas emissions,'' he said. Lights left on at home provide many of us peace of mind while we are away, so it's a good idea to consider installing motion sensors or timers to keep running costs down. ''A little bit of effort and common sense can make all the difference to your energy bills this Christmas, so enjoy the festive season without the fear of a higher bill,'' Mr Myors said. Another idea is to turn off your electric hot water system. But be aware, many off peak systems need to reheat overnight when you return. NEWS UPDATE We are pleased to have Healthcare Focus Medical Centre on Level 2, Strathfield Plaza A wide range of medical practitioners in the one convenient location makes Strathfield Community a more pleasant and healthier place to live in. Level 2, Strathfield Plaza, 11 The Boulevarde Stratfield NSW 2135 Ph: 8756 5533 State of the Art Medical Facilities Dental Medical Physiotherapy Chiropractic Patholgy Medical Imaging Ability Healthcare 115 Silverwater Road Silverwater 9648 1888 www.abilityhealthcare.net Sales, Hire, Personal Delivery (10km radius) On site parking. Mon-Fri 8am -4.30pm Sat 8am -- 1pm Shower Chair $90 with arms $120 Crutches Standard $58 pr Fore arm style $76 pr Walking Frame Standard $95 with wheels $115 Handrails Handrails from $26 Toilet Seat Raiser Toilet seat raisers from $55 Day Chair Australian made day chairs from $590 4 Wheel Rollators Push down brakes $195 Cable Brakes $230 Premium Wheelchair Premium/light weight from $560 Shower Stools Standard $70 Fold away $80 Valid until 24/12/08 3 Wheel Rollator Standard wheelchair Standard wheelchair w $240 e $80 Ramps Save 20% Dual Motor now $1580 Save $270 3W Compact & Cable Brakes now $99 Save $51 Pride C6 Lift chair Pride Pathrider 10 scooter Now $2400 Save $585 Christmas Specials 2049011k wk21
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