When is Solar Worth It?

two rows of solar panels cover one side of our home's roof

With Australia’s clean energy investment at an all time high and solar costs continuing to fall, is now a good time to get solar for your roof? Here’s a guest post from PowerScout to help you assess your options. Most solar sales pitches extol the virtues of solar power and promise thousands of dollars in…

5 Simple Swaps for a More Sustainable Yard

Adding “passive” features that provide more shade in your yard can reduce energy use by 50% | SustainableSuburbia.net | image by Janice Nicol

Today I have a guest post for you from Janice Nicol, landscape design specialist and the founder of YardKit (more detail at the end). Sustainable living reaches beyond the walls of your home. A great landscape is beautiful, sure, but it also performs well — cleaning water, preserving resources, and adapting to shifting seasons without…

Powerful Climate Security Exhibition Opens Today

Climate change will have major implications for our defence forces and our regional neighbours. We need to get past partisan bickering and get on with securing our region | SustainableSuburbia.net

It’s the European Union’s 3rd annual Climate Diplomacy Week and a powerful exhibition, highlighting the risk to national and international security from climate change, opens in my town today, at UNSW Canberra. The EU’s touring exhibition, “Environment, Conflict & Cooperation”, visualises the multiple repercussions that climate change has on global health and food security, particularly in Pacific. Governments…

The Chemicals in Household Dust – and How to Avoid Them

How toxic is your household dust? SustainableSuburbia.net

Did you know that household dust can often contain harmful chemicals including phthalates, pesticides, brominated fire retardants and countless other pollutants tracked in from outdoors, or shed from your inside furnishings and appliances? Indoor pollution is often significantly worse than outdoor. Five things you can do Vacuum regularly using a vacuum cleaner with a hepa filter.…

The Easiest Way to Get Vomit Out of Carpet

Carpet Stain Buster Enzymes and microbes help to eliminate protein-based stains from carpets, rugs and upholstery | SustainableSuburbia.net

So your child/dog/cat/spouse has puked all over the carpet and you are wondering how to get it out, naturally, leaving no disgusting odour behind? It’s so easy! No, really, it is. Gross, yes – cleaning vomit out of carpet – or anywhere – is always going to be gross! But the important thing is getting…