Health and well-being, for your home. The latest home health and well-being advice from the team at Domain.
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According to Australia’s Energy Rating website, heating and cooling accounts for a hefty 40 per cent of our national household energy use on average. Fortunately, with a little research and planning, it is possible to reduce your heating bills. We offer some tips to help get you started.
Plants are one of our favourite home and garden accessories – they’re great for our mental health and we love to pretty up our indoor and outdoor spaces with luscious greenery and blooms. But some of the most popular and common varieties may be dangerous to our furry and feathered friends.
The benefit of climbing plants is that you can utilise unused spaces such as walls and pergolas to expand your edible garden bounty. If you’ve got the taste for beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, mini pumpkins, passion fruit, watermelon or rockmelon, read on – growing them might just be easier than you’d imagine. Here’s how to make the most of small spaces with climbers and other edible vines this summer.
When we think of a healthy, thriving and productive garden, we picture a smorgasbord of lush foliage, tasty fruits, ballooning veggies, dense herbs and fresh sprouts arising from rich soil. What we often miss though, in our grand vision of a healthy garden, is room for the many and varied insects and pests that somewhat “belong” in the green sphere.
Australians love the charm of older homes with their breezy verandahs, decorative fretwork, stained glass windows and open fireplaces. Yet, owning an older property can be a double-edged sword: we fall in love with the period details, but the cost of maintaining, repairing and restoring those features can leave us wondering if it’s all worth it.
After you’ve wiped, dusted, brushed and swept your way to a clean home, you might think it’s time to relax and put up your feet. But, there’s still one last job to do: clean your hardworking cleaning tools. After all, you can’t expect to have a sparkling clean house if the cloths, dusters, brooms and brushes that you’re cleaning it with are filthy.
Delving deep into the private kitchens of Australians, new research has identified personas associated with different food waste behaviours. A collaboration of the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre and Monash University, the study surveyed more than 2800 Aussie households. They identified three broad food waste personas: over-providers, under-planners, and considerate planners. Which one are you?
Are tinned food cans recycled when you don’t wash them out? Which wheelie bin do takeout coffee cups go in? Here’s a look at some common recycling issues and myths, an update on what’s happening in the world of recycling, and a refresher on how to correctly dispose of different waste items.