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It could be a lightbulb moment for environmentally friendly house design, if only we all knew which light bulb to choose. With the government banning old-fashioned incandescent bulbs from 2010 and experts decrying halogen downlights as energy-guzzling eco-demons, most homeowners are in the dark about the right...

If clothes are a second skin rubbing against you all day long, how clean are they really? If the smell of laundry powder permeates your clothes, you could be snuggling up with surfactants, scents and salts from laundry detergent residue. Most Australian laundry detergents are...

Houses are made of stuff, contain stuff and may, on occasion, stuff up. Paying a little extra attention while buying all that stuff could transform your home into a virtuous Green Palace. The materials selected to renovate, decorate, build and clean a home with make a difference to...

Mix your own seeds, soil and water and watch salad greens spring from even the tiniest of outdoor spaces. Growing salad greens and vegetables in containers is the easiest way to produce your own food – and avoid supermarket queues. Imagine, instead of buying plastic-wrapped transported...

Keeping a house cool in summer is only easy if the heat doesn't activate your inner worry wart to agonize over the greenhouse gas emissions and extra electricity costs of running an air conditioner. CSIRO research found a two-star rated air-conditioner could create 18 tonnes of...

Newsflash: today we present an important breakthrough from renovation experts predicting how kitchens feel about going green. “Erk, terrible colour,” claimed Granite Benchtop. “I much prefer deep red,” chimed in Timber Cabinet, failing to realise that she wasn’t Forest Stewardship Council-certified and perhaps out of touch with...

It sounds unsexy, but it’s the greenest thing you can install in any house or apartment to immediately improve its environmental performance - insulation. Put it in ceilings, walls or around hotwater pipes and you’ve got your house the equivalent of a warm woolly jumper in...

[caption id="attachment_15410" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Photo courtesy www.naturalswimpools.com.au[/caption] Who knew the backyard swimming pool or spa could turn your environmental footprint into a ruinously large stomp of reckless water and energy use? “The water use of a pool owner could be 30 per cent higher than the average,”...

A new book sets out simple energy-saving ideas you can implement every day, writes Alex Brooks for the Sydney Morning Herald. Writing about how to save energy is like sticking curly CFL light bulbs in your ears and yelling "party trick". It's forced. It's not that we...

Open, shut them, open, shut them, give a little slap! Green fridge, green fridge, best of all – give yourself a clap! Refrigerators may not be the household’s largest energy guzzler (that’s hot water and heating) but the appliance is the most all-consuming, churning electricity 24-7. CSIRO...