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  Why are pets an issue for renters interested in sustainability? What do pets have to do with green renting? Well, pets are a big part of the family for many Australians. Two-thirds of...
The variety of stand-by energy saving devices has increased rapidly in the past few years as people are becoming more and more aware of the need to avoid wasted power usage on appliances that are...
sponge instead of cloth
Yes, the summer heat is here. It means delicious seasonal fruit, going without a jumper and wearing sandals. But for a lot of us renters, it also means a lot of sleepless nights and discomfort in...
When I was 18 I moved into a share house in Carlton, Victoria which was owned by Melbourne University. The mould problem was so bad that there were mushrooms growing in the living room carpet. (...
Solar start-up Veranda Solar wants to change the world of solar power the way Apple changed computers. Veranda got a big head-start on financing the start-up when the company was awarded 100,000...
I hate standby power and have put a lot of energy into reducing it. I started with master-slave power boards, devices which shut off standby power to slave devices when the master is not drawing...
Inspired by the efforts of Chris over the weekend I found a few more tidbits... Light installation from Treehugger Milkcrate furniture from this site Crate bookshleves from Flickr : (The description...
Saving stand-by power is a very important component of household energy efficiency. Products not turned off at the switch can use a significant amount of standby power and nobody likes using power...
Storage is often a challenge when you rent. You might be renting a place like ours which has no living room, bathroom or bedroom cupboards. There's often just not enough places to put things. And...
I don’t like replacing perfectly workable items if I don’t need to. Ink cartridges are the perfect example. The cartridge runs out of ink, but the components are all in perfect condition...