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It’s no secret we love our summers in Western Australia, but for some, winter is an even more magical time of the year.

The arrival of cooler temperatures means you can get the doona out of storage and finally have a reason to wear Ugg boots. What you may not have considered is what six months of summer storage might have done to your gas heater when you drag it out and plug it in for the first time.

Like many other appliances in your home, heaters aren’t something we spend much time thinking about, until we need them to work. In the warmer months, gas heaters tend to sit neglected and build up dust, so a quick clean and tune-up at the start of the winter season will keep them running safely and efficiently, keeping you warm when you need it most.

ATCO Gas Australia owns and maintains the underground network of pipelines in WA, which brings natural gas to more than 700,000 homes and businesses in the state.

ATCO offered the following advice to keep your gas appliances in good working order this winter.

Service regularly: Most manufacturers recommend gas appliances be serviced every two years by a qualified technician. Check your owner’s manual or the manufacturer’s website for further information. Check air filters: Air filters and fans can become blocked by lint and dust. Depending on the make and model of your gas heater, you may be able to clean the air filter yourself. Consult your owner’s manual to see if this is recommended and how to do it. Hoses and connections: Check the hose on your portable gas heater, as they can become damaged or deteriorate with age. The bayonet connectors should also be examined for damage. An approved technician can replace any faulty hoses or connectors. Flue pipes: If your appliance is vented externally, flue pipes should be checked for damage. Holes or loose-fitting joints require immediate attention. If your flue needs servicing, call a licensed gasfitter to have it cleaned or repaired. Ventilation: For all indoor heaters, ensure your home is well ventilated and vent sources are unobstructed. Barbecues and patio heaters should only be used outside with adequate ventilation.

Used properly, well-maintained natural gas appliances are a safe, cost-effective and efficient source of energy for your home. To find out more, visit

A worm farm is a fantastic way to minimise food waste by turning your organic kitchen waste into nutrient-rich fertiliser for your plants and soils.

Worms eat organic waste and turn it into liquid fertiliser and worm castings (the organic material that has been digested by the worms). Both of these products can be used on your garden and on your pot plants to keep them thriving.

You can use worm liquid to replace fertiliser. The liquid needs to be diluted until it is the colour of weak tea. This mixture won’t burn your plants. You could bottle your excess liquid and give it as a gift with instructions on how to use it.

Composting is another great way to reduce organic waste and improve soils.

Turn your organic waste into a free source of garden fertiliser and soil improver Reduce waste going to landfill

Available in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials (metal, concrete, polythene or fibreglass), rainwater tanks are essential in many regional parts of Australia and can be just as useful in urban areas, helping to: Provide water for flushing toilets, washing clothes and the pool. Reduce your water consumption. Reduce your water bills. Reduce stormwater on roads, drainage infrastructure, creeks, streams and beaches. Reduce contaminants in our waterways. Reduce the amount of sewage discharged to the ocean or rivers. Irrigate your garden during periods of drought.