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Maintenance

Light switch

How to clean light switches

Cleaning light switches is not difficult, and is perfectly safe provided that you do it the right way.

Cleaning a light globe

How to clean light globes

Light globes, particularly those outside, can lose a significant amount of light output if not cleaned regularly.

Lighting maintenance

Lighting maintenance

There's not a whole lot to maintaining lighting, but a little effort once in a while can make a pretty significant difference. Learn more about maintaining your lights, and how to recycle safely.

How to recycle fluorescent globes

Fluorescent globes contain mercury. Find out how to recycle them safely and avoid harmful pollution.

Will switching to different globes save you money?

Newer globe types may be cheaper to run, but they're also more expensive to buy. Is switching worth the effort?

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Sustainability
Efficiency of different hot water systems

Phase-out of electric tank hot water systems

Electric tank storage hot water systems are notorious for the amount of greenhouse emissions they're responsible for. As a result, they're now being phased out throughout Australia.

Energy efficiency

Roof colour and materials

Darker colours absorb heat - and some materials collect and store warmth while others reflect and dissipate it. Find out how to choose the right colours and materials for the best passive heating and cooling.

Structure

How a house frame is erected

After the site’s been fully prepared and the foundations have been put in place, the next step is to begin to put wall and roof frames up. How this happens exactly will depend on what it’s being built from – and how long it takes will depend very much on the way the materials are delivered.

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