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HASTINGS MAIL, JULY 27, 2011
30% - 40% of your power bill is to heat water!
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Did you know 30% to 40% of your power bill is to heat water.
There many things you can do to help reduce your hot water consumption and ensure your system is as energy efficient as
possible. This article will provide you with recommendations to consider.
1. The first thing you can do is to check the temperature of your cylinder, it should be set at 60 degrees. Anything above this
is costing you and can also be very dangerous. If you have an older cylinder which can't be turned down then you can look
to install a tempering valve.
2. Is your hot water cylinder wrapped? This keeps the heat in for longer which helps to cut down the running times of the
element. Lagging the hot water pipes will also help.
3. The shower flow is the next thing to look as this uses around 80% of the homes hot water. The ideal flow rate is between
8 -- 10 L per minute. Here's an easy way to test it: If your shower fills a 10 litre bucket in less than a minute at normal
showering temperatures, then it is using more then 10L per minute. If it is using more than 10L per minute consider installing
a flow restrictor or a low flow shower head.
4. Look to wash clothes in cold water where possible. Sometimes it can become a habit to wash in warm water.
5. It is also great to check the washers around your taps, quite often there are small leaks which will add up in usage.
6. Another easy thing is to rinse dishes in cold water, how many of us turn the hot tap on out of habit!
7. Boiling only the amount of water you need for your cup of tea could save you $40 a year. (research from smart now)
There are many other things to consider, if you like a free assessment to check the efficiency of your hot water heating
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Breaking through blocked arteries
More mobile: After a ground-
breaking procedure on blocked
arteries, Allan Fleming is back on his
feet and able to do regular activities
like mowing the lawn, much to the
delight of his wife, Shirley-Ann.
Photo: EVA BRADLEY
Interventional Radiologist Dr Umesh
Pandey employs the new Crosser
CTO Recanalisation System, which
rapidly unblocks arteries without the
need for a bypass.
Image showing the blocked femoral
artery. Inside the artery at the top of
the picture can be seen the Crosser
CTO recanalisation catheter
operated by Dr Umesh Pandey,
making its way to the blockage.
Image showing the artery cleared
and blood flow restored.
A Hawke s Bay grandfather who
could not walk 50 metres to his
letterbox is now up and preparing
to mow the lawns again after the
first New Zealand trial of a new
procedure that clears chronic
blocked arteries without surgery.
Fleming was one of four patients
to have the procedure in Hawke s
Bay Hospital last week.
The procedure, witnessed on an
X-ray screen, showed normal
blood flow being restored to Mr
Fleming s right leg in just
Arteries that had been carrying
limited blood for years because of
a 30-centimetre blockage in his
major femoral artery instantly
appeared as dark lines carrying
blood to his lower leg and foot.
The procedure, used in the
United States for four years and
introduced to Australia in March,
was trialled in New Zealand after
intervention radiologist Umesh
Pandey was invited to witness its
trial in Australia.
The procedure uses a new
device, the Crosser recanalisation
catheter, which can rapidly break
through blocked arteries using a
very fine titanium tip that
vibrates 20,000 times a second
and pulverises the calcium
Physicians performing angio-
plasties on blocked arteries
usually penetrate these blockages
by inserting wires through the
arteries. If the blockages cannot
be penetrated, they can some-
times be bypassed within the
artery wall, known as subintimal
angioplasty. If that is not possible,
surgery is required to bypass the
Dr Pandey -- who has performed
angioplasties for more than 20
years -- had previously attempted
to clear Mr Fleming s blockage but
found it too difficult.
The new technology meant
many more patients would benefit
and not need surgery, he said.
There was now hope for patients
who could not undergo surgery
because of other diseases.
It is a huge advantage if sur-
gery is not required, as often these
patients needing this procedure
have heart or brain problems and
may not be up to surgery, Dr
Angioplasties were successful
on about 80 per cent of patients
with a blockage as long as Mr Fle-
ming s, he said. The other 20 per
cent would need surgery, or in the
worst cases, amputation.
Mr Fleming, who was conscious
throughout the procedure, was
able afterwards to walk without
pain for the first time in two
years. His right foot, which had
been white and cold, is regaining
colour and is pain-free.
The 61-year-old grandfather
couldn t walk 50m to his letterbox
before Tuesday. Now his wife,
Shirley-Ann, has told him he ll be
mowing the lawns next weekend.
Mr Fleming felt a slight pain
when the blockage was cleared
and felt pins and needles run-
ning down his leg as the blood
flow was restored.
My foot feels great. It was
painful and aching all the time,
even to the touch. I couldn t stand
any longer than half an hour. It s
just so much different, he said.
to keep the
recanalisation catheter system
was very expensive technology
that could cost up to $4000 for
each procedure. The DHB would
do a full cost-benefit analysis and
would work closely with the com-
pany that sold the device to evalu-
ate its potential.
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