All GIY projects

Heating vent with play

Your ducted heating vents may look like well-sealed units but lift a lid and you may be surprised to to find that not all is as it appears.

When you turn your heater on, warm air rushes through the ducts into your house but also draws freezing cold air in from the underfloor space though the gaps around the duct. (quack quack). This doesn’t make for really energy efficient heating.

Grab the caulking gun and seal the gap so you can heat your house without cooling it at the same time.

Trickiness Rating: EASY.

Secondary Glazing

Windows are the weakesk link (thermally speaking) in the average house. They cause more heat gain and loss than any other area of your home  - even when they're closed.

To stop this you have to insulate them - double glazing, heavy curtains or some form of secondary glazing that traps a layer of still air.  In this GIY project we insulate a timber sash window with a plastic film called Clear Comfort (this is an Australian product but there are a wide range of similar and cheaper products available in the US).

It is affordable (between $5 and 12/mdepending on the brand), easy to install and really makes a difference.

Trickiness rating: EASY

Mould
GIY will channel the green cleaner and happily accepts this challenge. Stand-by.
Seelings

In this GIY episode learn successful seed sowing secrets (say that with an Alan Seale whistle!).

A little seed, in the right soil and season, will flourish into flowers and food. 

Growing them yourself will ensure that you have healthy, thriving plants and any extras can be given away to friends and neighbours.

In this GIY episode find out what to do you do with all your organic waste if you live in a little apartment using a Bokashi Bucket.

The bokashi bucket is a composting system that is ideal for small spaces. It is, as the name suggests, a bucket with a tight fitting lid and a tap that fits in a corner of your balcony or under your kitchen sink. 

It does a great job of fermenting your green waste, doesn't smell and when it is full, just bury it in a friends garden. 

This is not land-fill on a small scale - it just sounds like it!

downlights

A look at the options available when you want to replace the energy hungry halogen downlights but don't want to spend a fortune on LED lights.

This episode is not yet filmed but if in development. 

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