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Top ten tips to sustainability

  1. Weather-seal doors and windows to prevent heat loss in winter
  2. Insulate ceiling/floor (if raised) to retain winter warmth and repel summer heat
  3. Shade west-facing windows with blinds or plantings
  4. Change to energy-efficient lighting
  5. Install energy-efficient devices, such as a ceiling fan to circulate air and exhaust fan with damper to prevent winter-warmth loss
  6. Install solar-boosted hot water service or (if the budget allows) a solar photovoltaic system
  7. Replace openings with double glazing or, more economically, hang heavy drapes to keep heat in
  8. Install water-saving devices or at least fix leaky taps
  9. Install a rainwater tank
  10. Plant a low-water or drought-tolerant garden
 (Source: Domain, The Age - 1 August 2014)

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