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5 DIY Eco-friendly Cleaning products you must try!

16 Jun 2020

Store bought chemical cleaners are not just bad for the environment but also your health. Luckily, making your own eco-friendly cleaning products couldn’t be any easier. Most of the recipes listed below contain basic ingredients like vinegar and are extremely cost-effective, safe and only take a couple of minutes to make.  All purpose cleaning spray 1/4 cup of white vinegar1 1/2 cups of distilled water30 Drops of essential oils (lemon or orange) Combine in a 500ml glass…

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Building Better Homes for the Future

17 Feb 2020

We’ve come along way over the years in being more aware and accountable for the earth we inhabit. We have embraced recycling and filling our ‘green’ bins with our leftovers to be made into beautiful organic compost. But as a society we are still building too many houses that work against the environment and not with it. So how do we build better homes for our future? Read on. Instead of just taking the approach of ‘bigger…

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How To Style Classic Blue at Home

17 Feb 2020

Last year it was Living Coral, this year Classic Blue has been named as the Pantone Color of Year for 2020. Classic, elegant and timeless in its simplicity, the psychology of the colour blue has long been recognised for having a calming effect on mood. It’s non-threatening and conservative, associated with stability, reliability and even refuge. It’s also said to increase efficiency with research showing that people are more productive in blue rooms. Read on for our…

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Sustainable Design

Sustainable Design

12 Nov 2019

Designing your new home to take advantage of natural heating and cooling can increase comfort and use less energy. Living comfortably in an environment such as Dubbo (with it’s hot summers and cold winters) with minimal impact to the environment and to the hip-pocket doesn’t need to be a difficult. By taking the time to during the planning stage of building a home and incorporating sustainable design principles, we CAN have it all! A beautiful, comfortable, home…

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Save Our Water

25 Sep 2019

It is without a doubt that the Dubbo and Western NSW region in crisis when it comes to our water supply. At Greenmark Homes we ensure our new homes are fitted with water saving taps, toilets and shower heads and encourage the use of water efficient appliances to help reduce the households overall water consumption. But we need to do more. We’ve compiled a list of simple water saving tips that we can all embrace around our…

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The 4 Must Have Features to a Solar Passive House Design

19 Jun 2019

Passive House Design is design that takes advantage of the climate to maintain a comfortable temperature range in the home. Passive design reduces or eliminates the need for auxiliary heating or cooling, which accounts for about 40% (or much more in some climates) of energy use in the average Australian home. So how do we achieve this? Read on for our 4 must have features to obtaining a Solar Passive House Design. 1. Eave & Sill Heights…

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2019 Colour of the Year

13 Feb 2019

Each year @Pantonecolor announces the colour it thinks we’ll be seeing everywhere for the year ahead. For 2019 it’s PANTONE 16-1546 “Living Coral”. Described as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone”, Living Coral appeals to our playful side and our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, says the brand. So how do you incorporate this energising and uplifting colour into your home? Cushions, throws, art and decor objects in a variety of…

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Top 4 Benefits of building an Energy Efficient home

16 Oct 2018

Living in an energy efficient home can actually be more beneficial than you might think. It requires some extra planning in the initial design stages, but, could end up being one of the best decisions that you’ll ever make for yourself and your family! Here we list our top 4:   You will save Money Making your home energy efficient means a lot less wasted energy in your house. Less energy going in, means less money going…

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The Basics of BASIX

01 Aug 2018

Introduced in 2004, The Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) aims to deliver equitable, effective water and greenhouse gas reductions across the state. BASIX applies to all residential dwelling types and is part of the development application process in NSW. BASIX reduces water and energy consumption in homes across NSW. These environmental outcomes also provide a long term financial saving for the homeowner – and a valuable contribution to the sustainable future of our communities. When designing your home, your…

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Tesla Powerwall, is it worth it?

07 Jun 2018

It’s fair to say we were a little excited to be the first to install the Tesla Powerwall 2 in the Dubbo area when we opened the Greenmark Homes display back in January. So how does it stack up? Before we get into that, we’ll fill you in on exactly what it does… The Tesla Battery is an add on to your solar panels and the next step to an energy efficient, self-powered home. During the day,…

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