Cheap draught proofing in the City of Moreland

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

We recently participated in Zero Carbon Moreland’s draught proofing initiative for residents of Moreland. We have done a lot of draught proofing ourselves but it’s always good to get an ‘expert’ eye cast over things. There were also I couple of things that we were unable to do without the necessary tools. We live in a single story terrace house which is over 100 years old. I’ve lived there about seven years and in that time have had no yearly property inspections. Any repairs are done extremely grudingly and only if the landlord considers them essential. Even the real estate agent calls him “a real tight ass”.

I made  an appointment for an installer to visit our home. The installer arrived promptly at the appointment time and I pointed out our front door as the area most in need of repair. We’ve tried blocking the top gap with wood but it makes it hard to open and close in summer when the wood swells. We constantly have a door snake against the bottom of the door otherwise dust and leaves can blow in!

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Eco Home tips for renters

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

The Green Pages recently published a great list of ‘eco home’ tips, a lot of them were aimed at those building their on homes, so irrelevant to renters, but here are a few higlights relevant to the likes of us.

  • Upcycle/Recycle – Consider second hand pieces for furniture. An old dresser or buffet could make a great vanity. By visiting some great recycle shops, you may find a treasure trove to inspire the ecomagination.
  • Low flow taps and showerheads – Get your fittings measured up and put in flow restrictors or install some low flow fittings. When getting your plumbing put in, call certified Green Plumber who can answer many of our eco bathroom questions.
  • Eco IS a material change – there are eco option for practically everything, solvent free eco paint, sustainable timber or bamboo cabinetry, recycled glass tiles, screens, blinds, windows, everything you can think of. Do your research on sustainable architecture and eco home products such as those listed on the Green Pages green directory for the green home.
  • Location Location Location – pick a location that’s convenient and easy to get to. Close to shops, amenities and public transport will reduce the amount of emissions that come from getting around. Inquire about the council’s recycling program.
  • An organic garden brings a vibrant and colourful touch to any eco home. But instead of just the run of the mill vegie patch out the back, having a garden professionally conceived by a landscape architect can add a unique aspect that highlights your own green passion.
  • Save water – Use water wise plants that are native to the area. Water tanks are also great water saving devices.
  • Organic smorgasbord – Mix in your vegies with native plants. Including edibles with native plants is “good for pest management,” says Batley.
  • Passive solar for the greens – consider passive solar principles in your garden. Make the most of sunnier areas for plants, while shady spots are great for benches and relaxing.
  • Farmer knows best – Farmers periodically rotate their crops to maximise the use of the soil. You can do the same in your vegie patch, try rotating your vegies through different parts of the garden to make the most of the nutrients in the soil.