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My first post

April 3, 2013 in Blog


Hello everyone, I signed up to the Carbon Challenge just before it closed. For a few years now I’ve wanted to make my house more Canberra-proof in winter and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity, as well as the perfect time to do it.

Our windows really leak air, and the draft stopper stuff on doors definitely needs replacing, so I want to get on with them as soon as I can. I want to look into putting temporary double glazing on some of the windows too, but I think that might be a bigger job.

What is everyone else doing?

5 comments to 'My first post'

  1. Hi @Elleven it’s good to have you on board.

    You may not have seen it, but there was a discussion about temporary double glazing a while ago, it was part way down a blog titled ‘Challenges’ by Apples. The best way to get to it is probably to click on my name to see all my posts and then select the one titled ‘Challenges’.

    I’m going good with my other challenges, but I haven’t got any further with the double glazing one. Maybe I’ll get back to it now.

  2. Hi @Elleven and @March our garden is in full harvest mode now. We’re giving away tomatoes all over the place and we’ve got more zucchini and beans than we can eat. We often have mozarella salad for supper, with the tomatoes and basil fresh from the garden. One of my challenges is to eat seasonally and locally, and I don’t think you can get much more seasonal or local than that! ;-)

  3. Hi all, We’re harvesting too. Our tomatoes and cucumbers have done quite well, but it’s been a strange year for us because the bigger tomatoes have done great, but the little cherry tomatoes were a big disappointment, and normally it’s round the other way.

    I know it’s been an odd year weather-wise, but has it been a strange year in the garden for anyone else too?

  4. Hi @Elleven, @Apples @March and @Sriver & everyone else. We’ll be running a number of workshops on warming your home through the winter through autumn & winter, including cutting your energy bill (through reducing energy use) retrofitting, retrofitting rental homes & draught proofing. One of the CEC staff improved their window coverings a while back (using second hand/hand-made blinds) & reduced their heating bill by 25%, and their home was more comfortable through the winter (no icy breezes!).

  5. Hi @ecoaction thanks for letting me know about the workshops. I’ll have to come along to the retrofitting one, it’d be great to get some tips on how to do this stuff. It doesn’t sound like it’d be too hard , but it’s always good to talk to people who’ve done it before you dive in. Plus there’s the ‘inspiration energy’ I’ll get from being there.

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