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How Does Tiny Living Impact Your Happiness?

How Does Tiny Living Impact Your Happiness? | Photo by Lex Photography from Pexels | SustainableSuburbia.net

As we move into a new year, many of us are thinking about how we can pare down, live more simply, and reduce stress. Today’s post is a guest post from Rose Burke about how the Tiny House Movement can help us do all that and more. Choosing tiny living is more than simply deciding on…

5 Tips for Eco-Friendly Plumbing (Guest Post)

5 tips for eco friendly plumbing | Sustainable Suburbia

People all over the world are finding new and innovative ways of increasing comfort in their homes while reducing their environmental footprint. While recycling garbage, installing solar panels and other eco-friendly practices have become quite common, there are other equally viable ways to conserve. For instance, have you considered making some changes in your plumbing…

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…

Should Your Home Have a Green Roof?

Some people might say that green roofs are nothing more than fancy gardens simply located on top of homes and buildings… and those people would be entirely wrong. Green roofs represent one of the most comprehensive and multi-layered solutions in modern green building technology: they combine amazing functionality with progressive environmentalism and beautiful aesthetics, adding…

Five ‘Green’ DIY Projects for the Home

Smarter Renovations Planner | SustainableSuburbia.net

There aren’t many people out there who wouldn’t like to do a little more at home for the environment. Recycling and re-useable bags are definitely a front foot forward, but what if you want to go that little bit further? Sure there is some government information about green building projects and tens of companies offering…

Guest Post: Ditching the Chemicals with a Natural Swimming Pool

A water fall feature - Natural pools | SustainableSuburbia.net

Many people really like the idea of having their own swimming pool, but are concerned about the potential health issues that associated with exposure to chlorine and other pool chemicals.  Chlorine has been linked to a variety of health concerns including heart disease, asthma and even some cancers. The good news is that there are…

How to Make a Homemade Solar Oven, out of Cardboard!

Bread baking in a carboard box solar oven, seen from above.

The sun has poured its energy onto the earth for billions of years. The radiating warmth from the sun heats water, warms homes, and grows food. Amidst sweltering summer heat, a solar oven or cooker is a fantastic way to prepare a meal without heating up your home. There are myriad solar ovens available for…

Where Does All the Mercury Go?

Mercury emissions by light source (en)

There is no doubt that compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are more energy efficient than their predecessors, incandescent light bulbs. But the issue of their mercury content ending up in landfills is very real. The Australian Government’s FluoroCycle scheme is a voluntary system supporting industry in recycling fluorescent lights, thereby keeping mercury pollution from entering the…

Choose Alternatives to Plastic Water Bottles

Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too by Beth Terry author of MyPlasticFreeLife.com

The Australian Go Tap campaign offers some stark facts, some of which may surprise you. It’s probably not surprising, though, to learn that Australians spend over half a billion dollars per year on bottled water when you think of the volume of people you see in the gym, on the street and in cafes with…

What is the Future of Solar Power?

Solar panels at a solar power plant in Germany

Movies are definitely not the only things that look great in 3D, there is something else that has taken quite positively and effectively to being 3 dimensional. Solar Panels were designed in 3D in 2011 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and they are making waves again with new developments that might provide much needed…

How Thomas Edison was a Century Ahead of His Time

AC/DC live in concert

Nope, this article is not about the rock band. But, if you’ve heard of the band AC/DC, you know about the different types of electricity. There is AC, or alternating current, and DC, direct current. The difference in technology is largely technical. It’s the application of the technology that plays a part in our lives.…

Are Modular Buildings Sustainable?

Modular Buildings are often billed as a green alternative to traditional construction methods, but what factors should be considered when choosing a sustainable construction method? Modular buildings are becoming a popular alternative to traditional construction methods. The off-site building process has many benefits including lower costs, quicker build times and lower levels of disruption. They…

US Places Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels

In October 2011, SolarWorld and 6 other US manufacturing companies lodged a petition claiming that the dumping of cheap Chinese solar panels onto the market was unfair and prevented them from competing in the manufacture of solar panels. Preliminary investigations suggest that the Chinese government has been providing subsidies to their solar industry to the…

Does Your Building Company Use Green Products?

Green Star -Performance The Green Star Rating Tool for Existing Building Operations

If you are building a home, renovating your current residence or adding on to your house, it is important to find green products. With creativity and a little patience, you can ensure that your home or addition is built from sustainable products. Sustainable Timber Since wood is one of the most common products that builders…

How Graphene Just Got Greener

Graphene and Its Fascinating Attributes; Editors: Swapan K. Pati, Toshiaki Enoki, C. N. R. Rao

A lot of attention has been given to the graphene in recent months. The product of an experiment in a Manchester University laboratory only eight years ago, graphene has quickly risen to be the star of material science. Stronger than any known substance, light and flexible, superconducting, and photoelectric graphene is a material with green…