Saturday, 1 October 2011

Save on Renovating with Skylights

It's the beginning of Spring and judging from the number of people out at our local hardware store this weekend, the 'renovation bug' has well and truly hit the Sunshine Coast.

So for those of you looking to brighten up any dark and dreary areas of your home, the news that Solatube is offering a Nationwide special offer to celebrate 20 years of their tubular skylights, should bring a smile to your face.

Many of us have areas of our homes which are poorly lit or, like a WIR, have no exterior windows. Using a tubular skylight, or Solatube Daylighting System, is a quick and easy way to add natural light to any internal area whilst saving you energy by removing the need for electric lights during daylight hours.

Surprisingly a Solatube Daylighting System can be professionally installed in as little as 2 hrs, with no need for restructuring, rendering or repainting. These unique skylight systems can also be installed up to 21 meters below the roof, so you can even channel light down into ground floor or basement levels! 

So if you have an interior project you'll be tackling at home over the next few weeks and you have been thinking of ways to brighten the space, naturally or otherwise, why not consider installing a Solatube Daylighting System. Not only will it make your room come to life and put the ultimate of finishing touches to your new space, it will save you money of your electricity bills and give you that warm and squidgy feeling inside, knowing you're saving on carbon emissions too!
Examples of Solatube Daylighting Systems installed in homes

Visit our website more information on Solatube Skylights on the Sunshine Coast and Solatubes 20th Year Anniversary Special Offer


Monday, 26 September 2011

Energy & Water Star Ratings - Did you know...


I have been reading up a bit about Appliance Star Ratings recently. You know the ones I mean, you see them everywhere these days, on any almost any white goods, toilets, showerheads and air-conditioners.

They are designed to help consumers differentiate between appliances that are energy or water efficient and ones which are not. As I'm sure you know the higher the number of stars an appliance has been given the better it will perform.

However did you know that as new applicances come onto the market with better technologies, the benchmarks that need to be met to obtain each 'star' become higher and higher. So an Air Conditioning unit that first hit the market in 2009 may have been awarded an Energy Star Rating of 4 stars, but it will not be as energy efficent as a newer model that came out onto the market this year that has also been awarded with 4 stars!*

So if you are considering buying an older model applicance to try and save a few dollars during your renovations, or as an upgrade, remember that the newer ones may have the same number of stars but they will be much more efficient than their older counterparts.

*Source "The CSIRO Home Energy Saving Handbook"

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