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THE Australian Government
has announced a new $250
million program to provide af-
fordable energy efficient housing
to low income earners.
The government has allocated $250
million from the Clean Energy Finance
Corporation’s budget for loans that pro-
vide energy efficient community housing.
The program is expected to contrib-
ute to the construction of 1000 homes
over the next five years.
Community housing providers will
also be able to access finance to retro-
fit existing buildings to improve energy
efficiency for tenants. This may include
switching to LED lighting, updating
household appliances, installing solar
panels and improving insulation.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt says
the project is “one way we are making our
cities more liveable”, while also “support-
ing the construction of energy efficient af-
fordable housing for our communities”.
“This is a very practical way to drive
down household energy costs, which can
make a real and positive difference for
low income families,” Mr Hunt said..
Glenn Byres, chief of Policy and
Housing at the Property Council, has
welcomed the new program.
“The property industry in Australia
is the most sustainable in the world and
this program will help us maintain that
edge,” he said.
UPGRADING your home
before you build it of-
fers a wide range of benefits.
These include increasing its
overall value, the functionality and
the comfort of the home.
It is also easier and often cheap-
er to do so during the construction
phase rather than after handover.
To avoid a hefty price tag, take
advantage of builder promotions
and sales to ensure you are getting
the most out of your home.
With Hotondo Homes’ lat-
est offer, you will receive one of
three special upgrade packages
which include either heightened
ceilings, an upgraded kitchen or a
split system air conditioner at no
The standard ceiling height in
Australia is 2400mm. Although
it may seem an insignificant in-
crease, upgrading to 2550mm ceil-
ing heights can make an enormous
difference to the overall feel of the
It will make the space feel big-
ger, and it creates extra room for
ceiling fans, pendant lighting and
If the cost is holding you back,
consider raising the height of a
ceiling in certain areas of the home
like the kitchen or living space,
and leave the bedrooms and other
rooms at the standard height for a
The kitchen is often called the
heart of the home, and with open
plan living becoming more popular,
this is truer than ever.
Make a statement with your
kitchen and include a stone bench
top which not only looks fantas-
tic, but offers a stronger and more
durable option than a laminate al-
The bench top is the centre of
attention in the kitchen, so choose
a colour that will complement your
overall colour scheme.
If you love to cook, a 900mm
oven and steel cooktop and dish-
washer will also help you prepare
large meals more easily. Stainless
steel offers a timeless look.
Most homes in warmer climates
will benefit from a good air condi-
Split system designs offer the
benefit of heating and cooling, easy
maintenance and a quiet operation.
They also save on energy costs be-
cause a specific room can be con-
trolled as you use it instead of heat-
ing and cooling the entire home.
For more information, contact
your local Hotondo Homes builder
Hotondo Homes Inverloch can
be reached on 5674 3058, or visit
the office at Shop 2 Ramsey Boule-
You can also view their range of
services at www.hotondo.com.au.
Get the most out of your home with Hotondo Homes
Big boost for energy efficient homes
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