Solar Energy

Solar Energy – What Next?

Ever since the first solar collector was invented in 1767, by Horace-Benedict de Saussure, the world has had a fascination with solar energy. Some of the greatest scientists in history have had an influence on the development of a wide range of technologies to harness sunlight for energy. Edmond Becquerel discovered the photovoltaic effect in 1839, a method of converting solar energy into direct current electricity using semi conducting materials. Albert Einstein wrote a paper on the photoelectric effect in 1905, but it was not confirmed experimentally until 1916, by Robert Millikan.
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Are Prefab Homes the Future for Homeownership?

Australians have a long standing tradition of owning their own homes. Governments have actively encouraged citizens to purchase property since the loan schemes in the 1920s. While figures for home ownership in Australia indicate that 67% of households are owner occupiers, there has been a steady fall in the number of people that own their home outright, from 40.9% to 32.1%. Figures for households that own their home through a mortgage has increased from 25.5% to 34.9%.
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And The Winner Is…

This months winner of $5,000 worth of product is Mr & Mrs Terry from Hinchinbrook.

To be in the running to be the next months winner, visit one of our shopping centre displays.

Energy Saving Tips

Energy Saving Tips for Winter

Winter can be a welcome break for many Australians after our long, hot summers. During the months of June, July and August we usually see a significant drop in temperatures, increased rainfall and in some cases storms. While these conditions make it tempting to crank up the central heating, it is important to remember that there are methods of keeping your house warm and well lit, without incurring an enormous heating and electrical bill.
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Home Renovation and Maintenance Ideas for Autumn

With the summer sun slowly fading, and the autumn leaves appearing, it’s time to start preparing your home for the months ahead. While home renovation and maintenance can be a financial burden, it makes sense to make improvements in the autumn months, in order to prepare for the cooler months ahead, and make savings in the long term.
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And the first winner for 2015 is…

The first winner of 2015 in the bi-monthly draw is Scott And Nell Whitton of Macquarie fields. The Whitton’s have won $5,000 worth of Half Price Shutter product.

To be in the running to be the next months winner, visit one of our shopping centre displays.

New outdoor awnings is all that you need.

You will be in awe of our new awnings

Half Price Shutters are proud to introduce the addition of Folding Arm Awnings to our comprehensive range. Enjoying your patio or outdoor entertaining area has never been easier, by utilising the folding arm mechanism which simply folds the awning back into its stylish casing.
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Energy efficiency in your home

There was a time when choosing your home was dependent on cost, location and current and future needs. However, these days it is important that homebuyers and homeowners choose homes with high energy efficiency ratings, as it has a significant impact on your household costs and also the resale value of the house.
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What are Solar Panels?

Solar panels are an environmentally friendly way of producing electricity for your home.

They rely on photovoltaic (PV) cells to turn sunlight into electricity. They come in a range of sizes, though the current standard offering in the market is a 60-cell panel. Smaller panels are also available and can be used in the off-grid market or for layouts where more flexibility is required. An average home has more than enough roof area to hold solar panels to produce sufficient solar electricity to supply all of its power needs.
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