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Outdoor living

About this guide

Spending time outdoors is an essential aspect of the Australian way of life. As interest in outdoor entertaining, DIY and gardening grows, it's also likely to be something you and your household are doing more of.

The backyard has come a long way from being a patch of lawn with the humble hotplate, a couple of folding chairs, and a garden hose for the kids to play under. Everything from fully equipped outdoor kitchens, elaborate entertaining areas complete with fountains, outdoor lighting and millions of clever landscaping options is now possible. The wealth of options for your outdoor spaces means you will likely be buying and using a larger range of products and equipment than ever before. That can mean an increase in energy and water use and higher bills.

This guide covers eight key areas where you can reduce waste, and save energy, water and money, while making your outdoor areas comfortable and beautiful.