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Sustainable Living

Making Your Home Sustainable is a practical and easy-to-follow guide for homeowners, builders and architects who are concerned about the effects of climate change and environmental degradation and want to do something about reversing the trend. Derek Wrigley shows how simple modifications to existing homes can help to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and utilise natural rather than imported energies and resources. He clearly explains how to:

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Easy-to-understand, accurate, and comprehensive, this is the guide for anyone interested in installing a solar electric system.


Power from the Sun provides a basic understanding of electricity, solar energy and the sun, and solar site assessment. It discusses the types of photovoltaics (PVs) and PV systems, advances in PVs, charge controllers, inverters, batteries, and generators, as well as the installation and maintenance of a PV system.

Guide to buying plantation-grown timber products and recycled timber and using them in projects such as house building and renovation. Discusses why using timber from Australia's native forests is undesirable and lists native and imported timber to avoid. Provides a State-by-State guide to recycled timber merchants and also a guide to pine mills. Includes an index.

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There has never been a more important time to save energy. Not only is it becoming more vital with every passing year to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, but the rising price of energy is adding to the pain of households already hit by the Global Financial Crisis. The CSIRO Energy Saving Handbook shows us exactly what we can all do as individuals to cut our energy use without cutting back on our lifestyles. It is possible to be eco-friendly, save money and be just as comfortable! In an easy-to-read style, this book offers practical advice on how to measure and reduce your carbon footprint in all aspects of modern living, including: Simple energy-saving tricks around the house; Maximising your home's

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From the simplest cold frame to the most elaborate tropical paradise, this collection has a greenhouse plan to suit your needs. Master gardener and builder Roger Marshall guides you through the various options, the details of choosing materials and a site, and every step of the building process, from foundation to glazing. He even covers plumbing, heating, lighting, misting, and automatic venting systems, and he includes detailed plans for nine different greenhouses.