Geoff and Lisa attended the Alcoa Peel Chamber Excellence Awards and were awarded the Runner-up for the category “Alcoa Peel Business Excellence Award with 6-20 Employees” sponsored by Telstra.Â They were up against 11 other businesses so were thrilled to be presented with this Award.Â They would like to take this opportunity to thank all their team membersÂ for their ongoing committment to making Kelly’s the business it is today.Â They would also like to thank their customers for using their business and look forward to serving old and new customers in the future.
With the cost of living increasing we have listed below 11 tips that may assist you saving money around your household.
- Install a gas or solar hot water system â€“ when it is time to replace your hot water system, consider a high efficient gas or solar system. Doing this will help a household reduce its annual energy bill and greenhouse emissions.
- Close off rooms that arenâ€™t occupied â€“ closing the door on your bedrooms, bathrooms and dining rooms will keep the heat in the zone you spend most of your time â€“ normally kitchen and lounge room. It is a lot cheaper to heat a small area.
- Close and cover evaporative air conditioning vents â€“ When you have your air conditioner closed down for winter ensure you close the vents in the ceiling. Remove one of the vents to use as a template â€“ trace around it on a piece of white card â€“ cut out enough for all vents in the house. Put the vent back into its position and then place cardboard over the vent. You will be surprised how much warmer your room will be with vents covered and you will be able to run your heater on a lower setting â€“ which reduces running costs.
- Close your curtains/blinds â€“ properly insulating your windows is a great way to save. Up to 40% of total heat loss in the home occurs through uncovered windows. Hang close fitting curtains or invest in double glazing (a good way to also reduce unwanted noise).
- Use a natural gas room heater â€“ to heat occupied living rooms. When choosing a unit, make sure it is the correct size for your living space. They are cheaper to run and save up to 75% of the greenhouse emissions of a standard electric heater.
- Insulate the ceilings and walls â€“ insulation is one of the most effective ways to save on heating costs. A well insulated home can be up to 7Â°c warmer in winter.
- Always buy appliances with the most star ratings â€“ when you are buying a new appliance, it is important that you choose the model the meets your needs but also uses the least amount of energy. It can save you money and also does the environment a favour.
- Fit an AAA-rated showerhead â€“ or a flow restricting valve to an existing showerhead. This will reduce the amount of water used while still providing a satisfying shower â€“ please note if you have an instantaneous hot water unit they are not compatible with flow restricted shower heads.
- Change your cooking methods â€“ up to 90% of the energy used by ovens is wasted. Use alternatives such as microwaves, electric frying pans and pressure cookers. Changing from electric to gas cooking could save around half a tonne of greenhouse gas each year.
- Dry clothes on the clothes line â€“ (rather than in the dryer) â€“ it wonâ€™t add a cent to your energy bill and generates zero greenhouse gases. Your clothes will be cleaner too â€“ ultraviolet light kills bacteria and helps remove stains. If your clothes are damp when you bring them in â€“ purchase a clothes airing stand and put it in front of your heater to completely dry.
- Install energy efficient light bulbs â€“ replace your standard incandescent bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs. They last much (6-8 times) longer, and best of all they use about 80% less energy for the same light level
We are pleased to announce that our total raised for Telethon 2013 as at 5 August is $1950.Â The target we would like to reach is $3000 so remember if you need a new hot water unit please contact our office on 95358112 and give us the opportunity to provide you with an obligation free quote.
Lisa Kelly was thrilled to be the winner of the Bosch Caption Competition.Â Check out the link below to see the winning entry.
Now the cooler weather is here this tip will hopefully save you money and keep your house warmer. If you have air con ceiling vents – take a vent out to use as a template – cut out a piece of white card the same size as the vent, put the vent back up in the ceiling and then cover with the cardboard – it will stop all the warm air escaping through the vents and then you can run your heater on a lower temperature.Â Also remember now is the time to have your heaters serviced to ensure they are running efficiently.Â Call our office on 95358112 to arrange a time.
The cold weather has arrived so make sure your Portable Gas Heater is working safely and efficiently – call our office on 95358112 to arrange to have your heater serviced.Â Â To reiterate the importance of having your heater serviced please read the post below this one on our page.
Please take the time to open the link below and read the article which highlights the importance of having your gas heater serviced.Â The lady in this article put her boys to bed only to wake up in the morning to find them dead due to carbon-monoxide poisoning.Â How heartbreaking!!! Â It may be the best money you ever spend knowing that your appliance is safe.Â Another tip is always used a licenced Gasfitter.
I have been reading some statistics about clean water and effective santitation which I think the majority of us take for granted.Â Â An article published in the March 2013 edition of the Master Plumber Magazine detailed the following stats:-
1.1 billion people in the world do not have access to safe water supplies
2.6 billion people do not have effective sanitation systems and as a result 3.1 million children die of diseases that could have been avoided.
So next time you see a Plumber – thank him for ensuring we have a safe and efficient water supply.
This video shows how important it is to have your hot water unit serviced to ensure it has all the correct safety devices installed – ALWAYS use a Licenced Plumber.
The temperature is starting to drop so don’t forget to get your heater serviced to ensure you get the optimum efficiency out of it.Â Â A little tip for you – if you have air conditioner vents in your ceiling take the vent out and use it as a template to cut out pieces of white cardboard , replace the vent and then place the cardboard over the top so it is flush with your ceiling – you will be amazed how much warmer your house will be because the warm air does not escape and hopefully your gas bill will be lower.
Drop your heater at our workshop and we will service it for $120.Â This will give you peace of mind knowing that your heater is operating safely and efficiently.