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Select Your Bathroom Decor With The New Prato Select Customisable Tapware

Everyone loves a bold bathroom, and the Prato Select series from Aguzzo will surely captivate you because it is an innovative system that allows you or your designer to make a statement with your tapware.



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Architectural Bathroom Tapware Fuses Square & Round Styles


Prato is designed with precise geometry and casting, and complements both square-styled and round-styled tapware in the bathroom. It is cleverly styled by combining square edges with round, cylindrical, and arc shapes. Because of this feature, the Prato will match any of your existing fittings or planned bathroom fixtures.

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Premium Features for a Perfect Bathroom


Our product specialists have highlighted this range from Aguzzo is of premium quality—you will know as soon as you feel the weight of the tap body, the precision luxury finish, and the soft cushioned feel of the water-controlling lever.

The Prato series is much heavier than economical tapware, with mixers weighing 0.98 kg each and the wall-mounted mixer and spout at a hefty 1.5 kg.

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Change Tapware Handle Colour Combinations Anytime


If you get tired of your bathroom bling or simply want a refresh, the Prato tapware handles can easily be changed to provide a new colour combination and a change to your bathroom décor.

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Use matte black and later switch to a rose gold handle, as both easily harmonise with a polished chrome or matte black body.

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You can choose your bathroom décor from the following six variations of Prato Select:

  • Black base with Rose Gold handle

  • Black base with Chrome handle

  • Black base with Black handle

  • Chrome base with Chrome handle

  • Chrome base with Black handle

  • Chrome base with Rose Gold handle


wall-basin-mixer-spout-chrome-rose-gold   prato wall mounted mixer and spout - matte black with chrome handle

wall mounted mixer and spout - matte black with rose gold handle

The new Prato architectural bathroom tapware from Aguzzo is now available! Our friendly Renovator Store team will be more than glad to assist you with your inquiry or purchase.

The quality of the Prato series is guaranteed with a WaterMark certification and WELS water rating, and Aguzzo offers a 5-year warranty.

How to Replace Basin Taps in the Bathroom in Five Easy Steps

Fresh bathroom fixtures can instantly upgrade the look and feel of your bathroom. Whether you just want an upgrade of your basin taps or it definitely needs a replacement, we have outlined how to replace basin taps in the bathroom.



Usually, bathroom basins have an installation manual included in its package that you can refer to. But in this handy step-by-step guide, we show you how to quickly change an old basin tap to a new one, in five easy steps.

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1. Turn Your Water OFF


First, you have to make sure that your water supply for both cold and hot taps from the mains supply is turned off. Then, make sure app your taps in the house (both hot and cold) are left open to drain any excess water.

Clear out everything you can from under the sink, including any shelves. This will give you more room to work and use your tools more easily. Once ready, add a bucket or tray below the tap to catch any drips.

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2. Remove Your Old Tap


Get under the basin - you can spread an old towel across the floor or the bottom of your under-sink cabinet to catch any spills. Start unscrewing the nut that locks your basin to the old tap. If your existing tap was fitted using compression fittings, you might need two adjustable wrenches to undo the nuts. Once you have removed this, your old tap can now be pulled out.

 

3. Install Your New Tap


Connect the threaded post to your tap, then feed into the basin hole, so your tap sits on top of your basin, with the thread poking out below. Again, there may be a washer included or needed to make sure the tap sits snugly. Screw the nut tightly onto the threaded post, your tap is now gripped onto your basin.

 

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Balancing water pressure


The water supply should have a reasonably balanced pressure from a common source (e.g. hot and cold supplies both from the same storage or both from a supply pipe). Where the fitting is supplied from unbalanced supplies (e.g. hot and cold supplies from separate sources) Water Regulations or Byelaws in your area may require an ‘approved’ non-return valve or single check valve to be fitted to both the hot and the cold pipes that are connected to the mixer tap.


Where this is the case, simply fit the valves below the flexible tap connectors with the arrow on the valve pointing upwards. Once fitted, this will ensure that cold water is not pushed back through the hot water pipe when both taps are on, stopping the hot water temperature from cooling too quickly.


Once your tap is gripped onto your basin, the hot and cold pipes should feed directly from your wall to your new pipes. Don't forget to check everything to make sure there are no leaky or loose connections.

 

4. Connect Your Plumbing


Screw the flexible connectors into your tap. After that, connect them to the copper domestic pipes, with a compression fitting in between (this will keep the pressure between the two pipes regulated and safe).

 

5. Switch Your Water Supply Back On


Now you can turn the water supply on from the mains. If your new tap is set to ‘closed’ when the air rushes through, it could potentially damage the tap. We recommend all taps be set to ‘open’ for a little while after turning the water supply on. Remember the other taps in your house may still be open, so remember to switch them off once water comes through again.

 

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You did it! You have placed your newest bathroom fixture!

How to replace two taps with a Mixer Tap?

Traditional houses usually have two taps where one is connected to hot water supply and the other to cold water supply. Modern houses and builders are now featuring mixer taps, where one can draw hot and cold water supply from two different sources, but still can flow and come out in a single tap. This article will give you tips on how to replace two taps with a mixer tap.



Changing into a Kitchen Mixer tap has lots of benefits, which includes style and convenience. If you replace two taps with mixer tap, you’ll also save energy bills because most mixer taps are fitted with flow limiters.

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Here’s a simple guide on how to replace two taps with a mixer tap:



  • Before you start doing anything, make sure the water supply is turned off to avoid flooding your kitchen. Turn the valve off and test it by turning on your taps.

  • Next, you need to see the pipe connectors. Remove everything under your sink to see and access pipe connectors easily.

  • Remove the old tap by using the necessary tools to disconnect it from the main taps. Of course, you can always contact professional plumbers to do this.

  • Clean off any debris left under the old tap.


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  • Now comes the fun part. Fit your new mixer tap, this is usually easier than removing the old one. Most mixer taps come with installation instructions so make sure you check with your supplier, or in your supplier’s website. Usually, you just have to slot the pipes through the kitchen sink holes.

  • Of course, you don’t want your tap to wobble, so make sure you secure the underside of the tap to the sink.

  • Connect the tap to the water pipes, and replace rubber washers and o-rings with a new one. Make sure it’s tight and sealed, to prevent any leaks.

  • To check if everything is working fine, turn on the water valve, and then turn on the kitchen mixer tap. While the tap is turned on, check for leaks on all sides.


 

Mains and Filtered water from a Single Tap

In all the days that we spend in the kitchen, one dilemma every parent, cook and most especially multitasking mothers or guardians would have is to drop everything to give your child a glass of drinking water.

Have you ever felt the annoyance of having to switch from mains water to filtered drinking water on separate taps?

The new Swedia Otto gives access to both mains water and drinking filtered water all in the same tap. With 2 levers to control each line, mains water flows through the aerator while filtered water flows from the centre.



drinking kidThis fantastic design means you do not need a separate faucet tap for your filtered drinking water saving you valuable bench space and preserving a minimalist design. Renovator Store sells a matching under-sink ceramic membrane water purifier filter unit separately, or simply connect your existing under-sink unit to the standard inlet.

Aside from getting to access both streams of water from the same tap, This Kitchen mixer boasts of high-quality components. Using high quality ceramic disc mixer cartridges, this mixer provides a fluid and reliable change in water flow and temperature.

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SWEDIA Otto - Stainless steel kitchen sink mixer with filtered water outlet - Brushed

This European designed stainless steel kitchen mixer is forged from 304 sanitary grade stainless steel and uses only the best components:

NEOPERL® Aerators from Switzerland
Tucai® inlet hoses from Spain
Mingshi ceramic cartridges.

Nowadays though, your kitchen tap doesn't have to just look good, they also have to perform and function perfectly whilst potentially saving your household or premises energy or money on your utility bills.

33_61_7126_13S_explosive_drawingAdding simple elements to your kitchen such as aerated taps might be a small addition but in the long run, this simple outlet can potentially reduce the amount of water you utilise.  The aerator within the tap is a vital component in the overall performance of the tap itself and it has a number of advantages.

By slowing the flow of water, the Swedia Otto kitchen mixer instantly becomes more energy efficient. The slowing of the water is of course, caused by mixing the water with air as it leaves the tap (aeration). This does not compromise the water pressure, but simply reduces the volume of water passing through the outlet. The reduce in the flow helps to reduce the environmental impact of the household and by installing aerated taps you can save a substantial amount of money on your utility bills every year.


Think about all the times you may have left the tap running whilst doing the washing dishes. Reducing the flow rate of your tap saves you litres of water per minute and imagine what that can save you on the utility bills on an annual basis.


 

SWEDIA Otto - Stainless steel kitchen sink mixer with filtered water outlet - Brushed

How to Choose Your Kitchen Sink

When it comes to renovating or building your kitchen, it is easy to forget about some of the finer details. Although making your kitchen aesthetically pleasing is a very important aspect to consider, it is also very important that it is functional and the appliances and design are intended to make your life easier. The kitchen sink is probably rarely considered as a vital part of your kitchen design, however it can play a key role in determination of your kitchen tap, bench top design and under-sink storage space. 



So, what is there to consider when buying your kitchen or laundry sink?

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Configuration:


top mount kitchen sink with drainer double bowlThe first thing to determine is the configuration of your desired sink. Do you want a double bowl with drainer, or will a simple single bowl suffice? If wanting a drainer, will left hand or right hand side work best? Does a round shape or square shape suit best? There are many options in shape, size and added accessories. Remember to consult your architect and kitchen floor plans to make sure the desired sink and shape will fit your bench and cupboard space area

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Installation:


The next big decision is whether you want a top mount or under mount kitchen sink. A top mount sink, also known as a drop-in or rimmed sink are dropped into a hole cut into your bench top leaving a lip around the edge on the surface of your bench top.

 

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Under mount sinks basically look the same as a top mount however without the visible outer lip. Under mount sinks are not suitable for all bench tops as they require a thicker bench surface and will hang a little lower underneath, slightly reducing your under-cupboard space. Under mount sinks provide a slightly sleeker, upmarket look however the choice mostly comes down to your own taste. One major functional advantage with an under mount sink is when cleaning, you can just wipe your bench top mess straight into the sink.

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Depth:


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The bowl size and depth can be a big decision based on your cooking habits. Those that do a lot of cooking and baking will need a large, deep sink in order to contain large amounts of cooking implements. The depth will however effect the under-cupboard space so keep this in mind if you are installing an under sink waste bin.

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Fabricated or pressed:


Pressed sink bowls are when a single piece of stainless steel is pressed over a mould and stretched into shape. This often means that the material over the corner and edge area is stretched, weakening the composition. A fabricated sink is when a piece of steel is folded and then the sides are welded together. This way, the material is uniform in thickness throughout the entire body.

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Finish:


When choosing a stainless steel sink, you often get the choice between a brushed or polished finish. A polished kitchen sink often looks great in a showroom but in the home environment when used all throughout the day, a polished kitchen sink will need regular cleaning and wiping to rid fingerprints and grime. A brushed kitchen sink is much more durable in terms of appearance. Scratches and water spots will be naturally hidden within the brushed texture making it much more family-friendly. In the end, it will most likely come down to what matches your pre-existing appliances.

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Corners:


Although right-angle corners and edges may look appealing, a slightly curved radius is a lot more practical when it comes to cleaning your kitchen sink. This way grime and bacteria wont build up in the corner area and your sink can be wiped clean in one swift motion. At the Renovator Store, the Swedia Stainless Steel Sink range all contain 10mm radius corners to make cleaning much easier.

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Thickness:


Although rarely considered, the thickness of your sink can make a big difference. Sink thickness can be measured in ‘gauge’ where a smaller number denotes a thicker sink. Sink thickness often ranges between 16 and 22 gauge. Benefits of a 16 gauge or 1.5mm sink is that it will be stronger, more durable and last longer. The thickness can also help to reduce noise from clanging cutlery and help to reduce temperature retention.

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Now that all the practical features have been discussed, its time to find a sink and style that suits you! The Renovator Store offer a wide range of stainless steel sinks that vary between 1.2mm and 1.5mm in thickness. The 304 grade stainless steel composition ensures strength, durability and long-life. Jump online today at www.renovatorstore.com.au. to check them out!

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Bath Spouts and Taps

When you begin hunting for a bath you're bound to notice there are hundreds of brands and places to purchase from. If that wasn't already overwhelming enough, the manufacturers each offer various types of bath spouts and taps to accompany the tub. Whats the difference? Which are better? What should I choose? Let this article be your ultimate guide to choosing bath spouts and taps.



Wall Mounted Spouts 


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Lets start nice and simple with the classic wall-mounted spouts. A wall mounted spout is simple and stylish. Although their appearance is a key factor in which influences their popularity, their functionality is also highly influential. A wall mounted faucet is:

  • easily cleaned

  • saves both floorspace and bathtub edge space

  • can be mounted at any height

  • is available for purchase with either 1 or 2 handles.


 

Furthermore a wall-mounted spout is available in numerous shapes. The round spout is the most simple and classic of the three shapes. Because of this it can easily adapt and look great in most bathrooms.

The design of the square spout is more striking and bold in comparison to the round spout. Its sleek geometric design allows it to be the perfect addition to any modern bathroom.

Lastly the waterfall spout is the most unique shape of the trio. It can easily be mounted above your bathtub to provide a simple minimalistic look. It provides a gentle flow of water - much a like a natural spring  or waterfall - to effectively calm the senses after a long day.

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Hob Mounted Spouts


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A hob mounted spout is quite similar to the wall mounted spout, yet bears a few differences. It is directly mounted upon the edge of the bathtub, and hence water is brought upon from within the tub to the tap. A hob mounted spout is:

  • Considered to be tidier in comparison to the wall mount as everything is compactly fit into a small spot of bathtub edge space

  • Saves floor space

  • Has the flexibility to be mounted anywhere around the edge of the bathtub (but is usually mounted along one of the sides, rather than one of the ends)

  • Available for purchase with either one or two handles

  • Can be purchased with waterfall or round spouts

  • Can potentially be somewhat harder to clean (see waterfall spout pictured above)


 

 


Floor Mounted Tapware


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Floor mounted tapware is generally considered to be the most unique of the trio. This unit essentially epitomises the hybrid of artwork and function. With striking, minimalist design it is the perfect accompaniment for todays modern, freestanding bathtubs. The tap connects directly with the floor, and is mounted beside the bathtub. Water is hence brought up through the floor. A floor mounted tap is:

  • Available in either round or square shapes

  • Can be mounted at either the side of the tub, or the ends, depending upon what is most suitable to the bathroom.

  • easily cleaned

  • Can be purchased be conjoining mixers, rather than taps

  • Can be purchased with additional hand shower units


 

When purchasing tap ware always remember to check that your tap ware is certified by the watermark standard. Hopefully our ultimate guide to choosing bath spouts and tap ware can help you to ultimately make the best decision.

 

 

What is a Watermark Tap?

Bathroom and kitchen tapware in Australia and New Zealand is required to be certified under the Watermark™ Standard for Australia and New Zealand.  It confirms the product complies with the plumbing code of Australia and New Zealand and relevant standards.  Without this certification the tapware product cannot be legally installed into an Australian or New Zealand property.  There are many examples of imported tapware products for sale in Australia and New Zealand that have not been complied under Watermark - it is up to the purchaser and the installing plumber to ensure they are installing a compliant product.  So what is Watermark?



I often hear from customers that have found the kitchen mixer of their dreams on a European website, or a new designer shower set in the US for a cheaper price than in Australia.  However, they may be wasting their money, as the product is almost certain not going to have the very specific Australian and NewZealand compliance licences and markings to allow it to be installed locally.  Make sure you understand the Watermark™ standard and what to look for.

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Watermark Standard


WaterMark™ is a product quality certification mark owned by Standards Australia. It is provided by independent certifying authorities.  It is designed to ensure compliance that the product has been tested for product quality, including health and safety, and warranted that it is fit for purpose.

Watermark tapware must undergo rigorous testing that it meets a number of quality and health and safety requirements:

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  • For brass taps, a higher quality “DR Brass” must be used. DR Brass is slightly heavier and it has a very high tolerance when water is caustic.

  • The product is made of non-toxic materials

  • The product is not able to return used water back into the town water supply or water resources

  • The product can tolerate the typically higher mains water pressure in Australia


 

A typical kitchen tap or bathroom mixer is made up of a number of components and many of them also need to have Watermark certification for the product as a whole to be certified. The input hoses, any internal hoses, and the mixer cartridge all need Watermark certification.

WaterMark™ certification is mandatory for products to be legally installed in accordance with state and territory plumbing regulations. Products required to be certified are listed in the Plumbing Code of Australia and AS3500.000.

In addition to Watermark, there is another enforced Government standard for water flow - the Wels scheme. Wels is a star rating on certain plumbing fixtures that show its measured water flow rate.  The objective of Wels is to ensure consumers are informed about the water usage rates of various plumbing products.


Product markings


Watermark compliance logoA licenced Watermark product should have the Watermark logo on the packaging, and the Watermark logo and licence number must also be printed on the product. If these logos are not apparent then it is wise to check with the supplier as to the Watermark status.

It is important to note that there are sellers in the market claiming their products are watermark compliant, but unless they bear the watermark logo and have a valid watermark license number etched into the tapware they are not compliant.



Product confidence


Aguzzo Luca polished chrome watermarkThe Watermark standard serves to provide the end user confidence that the product meets the minimum requirements for Australia and New Zealand, and that their tapware is compliant.

There is no doubt that having a very specific standard for the Australian and New Zealand markets makes the product cost higher and limits the range available. Some experts argue that Australia would benefit from adopting the widely used equivalent European standard as this would immediately increase the range of tapware available to Australia and reduce costs - without a reduction in any quality or safety issues.

How does your Plumber Change your Tap

No matter how fantastic your kitchen is, it will still boil down to what type it is and how your kitchen tap is installed.

When changing mixer taps, be sure to always use a licensed plumber to make sure your kitchen sink does not turn into a disaster. It can be dangerous working on pressurised water lines and plumbers carry very specialised tools and are equipped with years of trade school and practical experience that will make the job safe, fast and reliable.

Though for your own benefit and know-how, it is always useful to know what you are getting your trades to actually do.



Plumber fitting a tap on a kitchen sinkInstalling mixer taps are no different to installing a regular faucet because the mixing of the water occurs within the faucet. However, if you replace a three-part faucet with a mixer faucet, you may need to cover the holes in the sink with tap covers.

If you're installing a new mixer, you can simply jump to Step 7. If you're actually changing an old tap, then you might need this guidance on how to remove an old tap first.

Things Needed



  1. Towel

  2. Adjustable wrench

  3. Basin wrench

  4. Utility knife

  5. Mixer tap assembly

  6. Tap adapter kits

  7. Plumbers putty


Instructions


Removing an Old Faucet

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1. Shut off the water supply to your sink at the primary valve. To do this, open the cabinet or access point beneath your sink. You should see a knob located on the pipes or hoses leading up to the sink. Turn this knob. Turn on your old faucet's taps to drain any water in the pipes leading up to the faucet. Close the sink stopper to keep small parts from falling down the drain. Line the sink with an old towel to catch any small parts.

2. Disconnect the water supply pipes leading into your old faucet by loosening the locking nuts that attach the pipes to the faucet with a basin wrench or an adjustable wrench.

3. Pry up your old faucet's decorative caps on the tap handles with a screwdriver. Remove the screw beneath this handle that secures the handle to the valve stem. Pull the handle off of the faucet. Beneath this handle you will find a packing nut.

4. Remove the packing nut from each valve stem using an adjustable wrench with a counterclockwise turn. Beneath the packing nut is a stem assembly. Pull the stem assembly upward to remove it from the valve.

5. Remove any grout, epoxy or putty used to attach the faucet to the counter by sliding the blade of a utility knife into the seam between the faucet and the counter. Lift the old faucet away from the counter.

6. Measure the distance between the center of the pipe holes to find the faucet's center, which is known as the centerset. Purchase a replacement mixer tap that has a center set identical to that of your old faucet. Purchase adapters to adapt your old hot and cold water lines to the new faucet.

Installing a Mixer Faucet


kitchen_tap_upgrade7. Clean the counter and the hole into which the faucet will connect to the counter by scraping it with a putty knife or brushing it with a wire brush.

8. Apply plumbers putty to the underside of the mixer tap's decorative plate, which is known as a escutcheon. Slide the assembly of the tap through the hole in the counter and press the escutcheon to the counter over the decorative hole. Wait for the putty to dry before continuing.

9. Place the locking nuts and washers onto the valves beneath the mixer following the manufacturer's directions. Directions will vary among faucet makers.

10. Slip an adapter onto the end of each valve.

11. Slip a supply nut onto the hot or cold water supply pipes. Slip the end of the hot or cold water supply pipes into the adapter located at the end of the hot and cold water valves on the faucet assembly. Tighten the supply nut onto the adapter to hold the connection in place.

12. Turn on the water supply by turning on the knob to the primary water supply valve. Check your sink for leaks and tighten all nuts at the point where the leaks occur until the leaking stops.

Now that you know what changing a mixer tap entails, then you'd probably appreciate how your plumber makes sure your taps are well installed and of course without a leak!

After all, your kitchen tap is your kitchens most important asset

Cutting Costs

Always ruining your budget? Bills getting too high to maintain?

Always hoping to cut costs?

Here's a few facts that might help you cook your own savings.

Australia, as a fact, is the driest inhabited continent the world. Surprisingly though, Australians are the highest per capital users of water in the world using 2.3 times the global average.



cost Just a dripping tap in the kitchen can waste up to 50 litres of water per day.

The kitchen is a major consumer of water in the home. Of total household water , 10% is used for cooking, cleaning, washing or drinking.

If you think that Household water usage has little impact on Australia's total water usage, think again. Households water actually accounts for 11% of the total water use in Australia!

So with this, here are some tips on how to save water in the kitchen

Put a plug in the sink when rinsing vegetables or fruit, rather than using flowing water.
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- Soak your pots and pans rather than rinsing under a running tap.
- Collect the cold water from the tap while you’re waiting for it to heat up and use elsewhere later.
- Purchase the most water efficient dishwasher. (Find out more about the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Scheme and it’s five star rating for appliances).
- Make sure the Tapware you purchase and install in your kitchens are WELS Certified - this makes sure your water consumption is efficient
- To reduce the amount of water used in dishwashers you may want to completely fill it up before use and use the economy setting
- Scrape dishes rather than rinsing under the tap
- Look for and fix leaking or dripping kitchen taps

Nearly 17% of all household greenhouse gas emissions in Australia in 2000 were generated by refrigerators and freezers. In Australia the average household has 1.3 refrigerators.

Households that dispose of a second fridge save an average of $190 a year in electricity bills and eight tonnes of greenhouse gases. Keeping refrigerators defrosted and at the right temperature also decreases energy use. The maintenance of appliances is also important. Damaged fridge seals can dramatically increase the electricity required to run them. The choice of cooking method can be important,with how you cook up more savings. With pressure cookers, microwaves and electric fry pans being more energy efficient than ovens, Here's a few notes to consider:

Prepare in the microwave

Microwave cooking is actually beneficial because :

- You will save around 75% of energy used
- Food cooks faster,  retains more vitamins,  cannot burn (except those with high fat or sugar content)
- Your oven (and kitchen) stays cool
- You can defrost quickly and safely
- Combination microwave/convection ovens allow the browning of food

....and a few more for other small kitchen appliances:

Electric Frypans – can cook most things you would cook in an oven or on a stove and they are generally much cheaper to run
Toaster Ovens – can roast, toast and brown small amounts of food quickly and cheaply
Mini Convection Ovens – small versions of fan-forced ovens. They are compact, easy to use and cheap to run.
Electric kettles - boil water much faster and more efficiently than boiling on stove, resulting in good savings if you like your cuppa. Use a kettle which shows the water level and boil only the amount you need.
Slow Cookers – uses low heat to slowly cook without much supervision, so may be left unattended for long periods.
Pressure Cookers – conserve energy and preserve all of the goodness in food. They cook in one third the normal time.

Follow this simple guides and apply these knowledge in the kitchen. The next time you need a little help you'd be surprised that you actually might have some extra savings for that extra expense after all.

Your Kitchen's Most Important Asset

Not a lot of people realize this, but your tap is one of the most important assets in your kitchen.

Plainly because, it is one of the most used. While it may not be the first item on your design agenda, you might need to give it some careful consideration to avoid hassles in the future.


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Factors you should key in are: The type of tap to choose - The kitchen mixer tap is a popular style, as they combine hot and cold water which comes out via the same spout. They are operated by a single/double lever or screw tap. Also consider the water temperature and flow - a mixer tap can adjust these by a lever. And dont forget where the taps will be mounted - on the bench or wall either side of the spout.

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Available in a variety of styles and materials (e.g. chrome, stainless steel, brushed steel, nickel, etc), the kitchen mixer can suit almost every type of kitchen from contemporary to country. They can also come with a spray head which are attached at the spout allowing you to peel vegetables or rinse plates. An alternative is the pull-out spray which makes it easy to fill up pots, vases or buckets outside the sink area. Other options for the kitchen mixer include fitting a water purifier that offers instant filtered drinking water.

Wels-Rating-7.5Also before purchasing, make sure to consider the water rating (WELS) of a tap. WELS is Australia's water efficiency labelling scheme that requires certain products to be registered and labelled with their water efficiency in accordance with the standard set under the national Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Act 2005. - the more stars a tap has the more efficient it is.

By choosing to use more water-efficient products in the home, you get to save water and reduce your water and energy bills.
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