Hervey Bay Independent : Indy 15th January 2015
Drop in your 2015 school list now and pay when you pick up! R Eli Waters Shopping Centre | Open Mon-Sat 7am PHONE 4194 0788 A-la-Carte or All You Can Eat Buffet Ph: 07 4125 1233 Lunch Special Home Delivery Local electrician Adam Cottam from Mike Brown’s All Power Electrical says opening your power bill doesn’t have to be a painful experience - there are lots of things house owners can do to reduce their energy use, both in the short and long term. Summer a big drain on household energy 4 402 Esplan T Torq nade quay (cnr Tav e, vistock k St) c www.chinaworld.com.au D china orld awo drestaurant As we sweat our way through another sweltering hot summer in the Bay, house owners are being encouraged to take measures to limit their electricity usage in the coming months to prevent unwanted bill shock. While electricity prices continue to hike and our usage during the warmer months of the year increases, local electrician Adam Cottam from Mike Brown’s All Power Electrical said there are plenty of steps that residents can take to cut their energy costs. Adam said replacing all halogen and incandescent lighting over to LED lighting was a simple and affordable change that just about anyone could make. “If you look at a normal down light that’s 50 watts, you can replace that with a 10 watt LED globe and use just one-fi fth of the energy,” he said. Adam said the next step for house owners was to research offpeak electricity tariffs. “An off-peak tariff is probably half the rate of what a normal tariff is,” he said. Off-peak tariffs restrict energy usage of certain appliances during the electricity industry’s peak usage periods. Different tariffs have different operating hours and naturally, the more restricted they are, the more money they will save you. Dishwashers, washing machines and dryers are all commonly placed on off-peak tariffs. Although it does require an electrician to hard-wire these appliances, Adam said the savings made would quickly recoup the investment. Maintaining air-conditioning units by regularly cleaning fi lters and keeping the temperature at 25 degrees Celsius will ensure these appliances are running as effi ciently as possible. Concerns over digital policing Queensland’s largest motoring body, RACQ, has come out swinging after the Queensland Police Service announced last week that offi cers would no longer attend minor crash scenes. Residents are being encouraged to report minor traffi c incidents to police using the new Policelink app, which was launched last week. HERVEY BAY Level 1, 15 Torquay Road, Pialba Phone 4194 4600 e email@example.com MARYBOROUGH Suite 4, 146 Bazaar Street, Maryborough Phone 4121 9100 e firstname.lastname@example.org RACQ executive manager Steve Spalding said an app was no replacement for an offi cer on the scene of a crash. “We support police prioritising their work, particularly towards addressing the Fatal Five, but they play a key role at crashes,” Mr Spalding said. “Without an offi cer on scene there’s a real possibility that other offences like drink driving, driving without a license, or unroadworthy vehicles won’t be caught.” Queensland Police Service Commissioner Bob Atkinson said the new technologies would have immediate benefi ts to the community. “Policelink is the QPS contact point for all nonurgent matters,” Commissioner Atkinson said. “Using Policelink appropriately frees up the Triple Zero (000) call line for life-endangering emergencies.” GET YOUR FULL DIGITAL EDITION BUYING & SELLING FAMILY LAW GENERAL LAW HERVEY BAY MARYBOROUGH 16 / Hervey Bay Independent, January 15, 2015 Download the App today!
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