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Cartridges 4 Planet Ark 03:46  
Congratulations Australia!
Through our hugely successful and innovative 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program, we've already recycled more than 12 million printer cartridges! View Video ... >
Eco House 04:30  
The Eco House is a complete story where we follow a young couple on their journey to buy a block af land and then design and build their own Eco sustainable home. Ella is a fourth year architect student and Jesse has been building ever since he was young enough to swing a hammer View Video ... >
Storage Solutions 04:14  
Store commonly used food; cleaning or utility items in under bench roll out baskets. These also have add on baskets to increase there capacity and usable space.Modular, expanding and junk, drawer organisers are available in many types. Choose the right type for your circumstances and you may soon be able to find that long lost spoon or scissors that could never be found before. View Video ... >
Landscaping Sustainability 05:47  
The force of nature is massive and we need to harness that force for our advantage. Why build a house that is freezing in winter and boiling hot in summer when with a little forethought and understanding you could minimise those extremes within and around your home. View Video ... >
Bushfire Preparation 03:59  
Our desire to live close to nature means that many homes are built in areas that are at risk of bush fire. There are several elements that increase the bush fire risk to our properties and families, and it pays to assess and attempt to mitigate these risks well in advance. View Video ... >
Glass Types 03:56  
WERS rates the energy impact of residential windows in housing anywhere in Australia. With up to 40% of a homes energy for cooling or heating being lost or gained through windows, improving their thermal performance reduces energy costs and Australia's greenhouse gas emissions. View Video ... >
Solar Heat Pumps 04:30  
A heat pump is a different way to use renewable energy to heat water - that doesn't need solar panels! Heat pumps can save you a bundle of cash on your hot water bills, as they use approximately one third the energy of an electric water heater. Additionally, there's generous rebates available making them an extremely economical option! View Video ... >
Insulation 08:20  
Using insulation in the ceiling and walls of your home, and in some cases under the floor, will provide a number of benefits. Correctly installed insulation will make your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer. View Video ... >
Cordless Drills 01:45  
Cordless drills,electric screwdrivers and power tools generally can be a very productive addition to your toolkit particularly when working or drilling in confined spaces. View Video ... >
Mitre Saws 02:02  
When choosing a mitre saw, blade size is one of the key factors. 8", 10", and 12" are the most common mitre saw sizes. The larger the diameter of the blade, the longer the cuts it can make. View Video ... >
Circular Saws 01:11  
Circular saws come in a few different sizes (based on the diameter of the saw blade), from 4" up to the most common size, 7-1/4". They also are typically rated by horsepower and/or RPMs of the saw blade. When choosing a circular saw, a good rule of thumb is to buy one that hashigher horsepower than other models of the same size. View Video ... >
Sanders 02:58  
The most common type of sander found on store shelves today - and easily the most versatile. The orbital part of the name comes from the action of the sanding disk. The random part comes from the elliptical motion the disk makes in addition to the orbit. The Black & Decker Mouse is probably the most prominent example of a random orbital sander. View Video ... >
Jigsaws 01:39  
A jigsaw's adjustable base plate allows the operator to make bevel cuts up to 90 degrees - essential for mitre cuts. A dust bag collects sawdust and prevents it from obscuring the cut line, as well as maintaining a cleaner, more pleasant working environment. View Video ... >


Using insulation in the ceiling and walls of your home, and in some cases under the floor, will provide a number of benefits.

Correctly installed insulation will make your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

This will make your home more comfortable to live in. Insulation can save money on your heating and cooling bills. When compared to an uninsulated home, an insulated home will require less energy for heating and cooling, to maintain the same comfort conditions inside. Insulating your home helps the environment. By reducing the amount of energy required to heat and cool your home, you will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide and other pollutants which are released into the atmosphere.

Beware of the 'Hot Box' Syndrome

Care needs to be taken when insulating a home that is too hot in summer. The radiant heat from the sun which shines on east and west facing windows in summer can be as high as 1,000 watts per square metre, equivalent to the heat output of a small bar radiator. If a house has a lot of unshaded east and west facing glass, and unshaded north facing glass, there can be a lot of heat coming into the home through the windows.
If this is the case, the best thing to do in summer is to provide adequate shading for these windows first. If insulation is installed but there is no shading, heat will build up inside the home until inside temperatures are higher than outside temperatures. In this case, the insulation will help to keep the heat inside, creating an oven effect.

Heat Transfer

Heat always moves from a hotter region to a colder region. The greater the temperature difference, the faster will be the rate of heat flow. In winter, it is warmer inside than it is outside, and so heat flows through the building structure to the outside air. In summer, it is generally hotter outside than it is inside, and so the heat flows into the home.

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  • Bushfire Preparation
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  • Mitre Saws
  • Circular Saws
  • Sanders
  • Jigsaws