DIY: Insulating raked ceilings

DIY: Insulating raked ceilings

Raked ceilings with exposed beams may look nice, but they are near-impossible to insulate. James Stapledon explains how he insulated the ceilings in his home to greatly improve thermal performance.

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DIY: Insulating aluminium windows

DIY: Insulating aluminium windows

Many Australian houses feature aluminium-framed windows, which perform poorly thermally. But performance can be greatly improved with a simple DIY project. Glenn Newman explains how his friend Lisa Rime came up with an easy system for DIY double glazing.

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DIY: Sheet mulch and hot compost

DIY: Sheet mulch and hot compost

Fuchsia Branwhite explains the permaculture tricks she uses in her own garden, to both control weeds and produce beautiful non-stinky compost from a wide range of garden waste.

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A draught sealing buyers guide

A draught sealing buyers guide

Draughts can make your home far less comfortable than it needs to be, particularly in winter. Sealing them up is one of the simplest things to do for an energy-efficient home. Find out where the gaps are and how to fix them in our first-ever draught sealing buyers guide.

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Digging the No Dig

Digging the No Dig

Growing vegies with increasing summer heat and less rain doesn’t need to be a battle, writes Carmel Killin. A solution can be found in the water-retaining and humus-rich layers of a No Dig bed.

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Visible mending

Visible mending

Visible mending is easy, fun, gorgeous and keeps old clothes from landfill, writes Kasia Zygmuntowicz.

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