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Stairway To Heaven Or Stairway To Big Energy Costs?

Stairway To Heaven Or Stairway To Big Energy Costs?

Insider secrets # 23When looking at two-story homes, one of the ways to optimize comfort, especially when heating or cooling a home, is to zone the first floor from the ground floor. Zoning is usually done at the staircase. Looking at a typical two-story home layout,...

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Design For Energy Efficiency From The Get-go And Save $1000s

Design For Energy Efficiency From The Get-go And Save $1000s

Insider secrets # 21Having retrofitted thousands of homes, I have come to the conclusion that most two-storey homes are constructed upside down. In a typical two-storey home, the bedrooms are upstairs and the living areas are downstairs. In winter, when you put on the...

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Colour Is Not Just A Pretty Thing, It Really Works

Colour Is Not Just A Pretty Thing, It Really Works

Insider secrets # 20Colour has a big impact on the internal comfort of your home and in particular, we are discussing the external colour of your home. As an example, we show you an image of a standard Melbourne rendered brick veneer home. The front is painted one...

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Let Shade Be Your Bff This Summer

Let Shade Be Your Bff This Summer

Insider secrets # 19Summer is coming and we know it’s going to get hot. Over the years temperatures have continued to increase, and pergolas can be either a boon or a bust depending on construction and the material it is made from. Looking at two different examples of...

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50 Shades Of Shading!

50 Shades Of Shading!

Insider secrets # 18With summer just around the corner, we looked at a good way, a better way and the best way to shade our windows from the sun, so let’s make a start. As mentioned previously, we discussed that the best way to shade the glass is away from the window...

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Pergolas Provide Protection From The Sun. How Good Is Yours?

Pergolas Provide Protection From The Sun. How Good Is Yours?

Insider secrets # 17We are growing a grapevine over our pergola in order to keep it beautifully shaded in the summer which makes space much more usable. We have fitted stainless steel wires through the pergola rafters, to hold up the grapevine as they spread over the...

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Get More Shade When You Need It

Get More Shade When You Need It

Insider secrets # 16Your home will never be cool in summer without effective shading. Because every home is different it may not be possible to implement the most effective shading options. Basically, there are three different ways that achieve shading in a home: 1....

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Lighting Up Outside Responsibly

Lighting Up Outside Responsibly

Insider secrets # 14Exterior floodlights, especially those with a movement sensor, can come with light globes of 150 watts. As there are generally two lights per outdoor unit, 300 watts of light comes on whenever there is movement. Not only that but it is easy to...

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