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5 Star moves to 6 Star

News article on Win TV site on Friday 29th April 2011tanks-doug

It's been seven years since the five star energy system was introduced in Victoria, now it's being taken one step further.

"What'll happen for most houses now there has to be either a choice between a solar hot water system, or a water tank connected to laundry/toilet on the side of the house," Doug Bell, from WaterStore Poly Tanks, said.

"Most systems have a tank to toilet system, whereby your rainwater goes and fills the water tank, that then goes and flushes your toilets. So rather than seeing water go down the toilet literally, it's actually free from the sky," Mr Bell said.

A range of measures will also make homes more energy efficient.

"Often you'll have double glazed windows, you'll have larger size water tanks, you'll have increased electrical capacity off the roof. It's a complete range of aspects that makes it much more efficient," Mr Bell said.

In most cases, homes extended by more than 50% must be updated in line with the new ratings.

DSC_2984Ron Threlfall decided it would be easier to buy a new house, with all the mod cons.

"You can come home of a night time and you're freezing cold, but you walk inside and there's still warmth in there, even though the heater ain't going," Mr Threlfall said.

Mr Threlfall has been in his home only three weeks, but says he isn't worried about his next energy bills.

"Our others were getting up around the $400 to $500, and they tell me around the $250 to $300. So let's see how close they are."


Increase in home water tanks....

The Australian Bureau of Statistics says there has been a marked increase in the number of households installing rainwater tanks.

The latest survey by the ABS found 26 per cent of Australian households are using rainwater tanks as a water source, up from 19 per cent three years ago.

It found more rainwater tanks were installed in Queensland and Victorian homes over the last three years than anywhere else in the nation.

Statistician Eric Morris says the spike has been driven by building codes and incentives.

"There had been a gradual increases in installation of water tanks over a number of years and then suddenly, especially in Victoria and Queensland, installations really [have] taken off in the last few years," he said.

"What that has got a lot to do with is the fact that some building codes are now coming out saying you should put a water tank into your building and a lot of incentives when you are building to do so."

Mr Morris says almost half of all South Australian homes use tank water.

"When we look at the age of the dwelling when people install tanks in it is very interesting, dwellings of less than one year old have got a very high installation rate," he said.





Football fans kick for cash

SIX contestants will be punting for $3000 cash in the Bendigo Advertiser Kick for Cash at tomorrow’s Bendigo Football Netball League grand final at the QEO.

It will not be an easy task as Adrian Devereaux, Matt Hermann, Shane Jackson, Luke Owens, Ian Symons and Jackson White have just one kick at the Water Store tank from a 40m distance. Bendigo FNL chief executive officer Steven Oliver said the football must land in the tank on the full, and stay in the tank.

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Beyond Reasonable Drought

Beyond Reasonable Drought is a touring exhibition organised by the Many Australian Photographers (MAP) Group. It features a fantasic collection of images from around Australia cataloguing the effect of the drought on rural people. View Photographs

Drought on Oxley Station by Michael Amendolia 


Water prices to rise

Opposition water supply spokesman Peter Walsh says he believes annual domestic water bills would increase to $1000 in some regions in the coming years. ''Victorians will pay an average of $133 extra a year in their water bills to pay for the Wonthaggi desalination plant and the failed north-south pipeline,'' says Mr Walsh.

''Despite the price increase, there will be no increase in concession rates making families, pensioners and low-income earners particularly vulnerable.''

Source: The Age

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