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Tips for heater safety and for
keeping warm this winter
Winter is a time where we all like to be warm at home – and the good news
is that it’s possible to use less energy, keep your bills down and still stay
comfortable in your home this winter.
Tips for reducing the amount of green house gas you produce this winter
Don’t overheat your house
Keep your thermostat set to 20oC in winter
Install a timer or program your heater’s thermostat so it will turn off
when not needed
Wear warmer clothes or put an extra blanket on your bed
Tips for helping your home hold its heat this winter
Close doors. Avoid heating areas in your home which you don’t
Seal draughts and gaps around external doors and windows
Keep curtains and blinds closed at night and on cloudy days to keep
the cold out
Open curtains to let the winter sun in when it’s shining
Consider installing double glazed windows
Ensure your gas or electric heater is safe
Ensure your heater has been professionally serviced
Follow the manufacturer's instructions
Keep flammable materials away
Clean filters as necessary
Do not leave your heater unattended and always unplug when not in
Heaters should be kept away from children
National Tree Day
Residents are again being encouraged to get their hands dirty by planting
a tree for National Tree Day on Sunday 31 July.
An initiative of Planet Ark, National Tree Day has been running in Australia
since 1996. Since that time more than two million volunteers have planted
over 16 million native trees and shrubs, with over one million planted just
National Tree Day aims to inspire, educate and recruit people to actively care
for our unique land and create future generations of committed environmental
Each year, Council provides groups with a number of key sites, plus local
native plants and trees, to enable them to participate in the program. Local
schools also actively participate. Schools Tree Day will be held this year on
Friday 29 July. Schools Tree Day is a wonderful way to show young people
how easy and fun it is to help our environment.
Council participants for this year have already been finalised, however if
you would still like to participate please contact your local Landcare group
on 5342 0836 or 5342 0520.
Alternatively, you can mark the day privately in your backyard by planting
a native tree or shrub.
If your group, organisation or school is interested in participating in 2012
please contact Council’s Public Spaces and Environment unit on 5320 5131
to register your interest.
For more information on National Tree Day visit www.treeday.planetark.org
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