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The eco-friendly devices every home needs

The eco-friendly devices every home needs - plastic rubbish for recycling

Aldous Hicks, CEO and Co-founder of ReCircle Recycling Ltd, discusses some of the top eco-friendly devices every home will have within the next 10 years…

We have a major problem with our recycling at the moment. 5.25 TRILLION plastic items have ended up in the sea and we continue to add to this. In addition, 50% of what we put into recycling bins isn’t recycled.

Part of the problem is that so much of our plastic waste is contaminated and cannot be recycled. This is no surprise as people, even when they want to recycle and try hard to get it right, find the whole process very confusing.  What we need is to do is make the process easier and take, for example plastic, and recycle it into a pure product that can be reused.

Neos Smart Cam review: Keeping an eye on your new home with smart CCTV

Neos Smart Cam CCTV - the camera

Editor Victoria Galligan reviews the Neos SmartCam, an affordable CCTV gadget which can provide you with real peace of mind in your new home.

If you’re planning on buying your first home, or a new home, then understandably you’re going to worry about it when you’re not there. 

However, a full CCTV system can be expensive and may not be an option if budgets are tight. So I checked out one of the cheaper CCTV products on the market, which is an ideal starter product for your home security needs.

A great little gadget which sits indoors, the Neos SmartCam has a magnet and adjustable stand – it needs to be plugged in, so bear this in mind when you consider a suitable location. The higher the better, to avoid being tampered with.

What to do if you encounter one of these 4 common boiler problems

boiler problems - a radiator

Boilers are essential to heat our homes, but sometimes things can go wrong. Jacqueline Gallazzi-Ritchie, Director of All England Gas, told us what to do if we encounter some of the most common boiler problems. 

Buying your first home is exciting, but knowing how everything works can be daunting, and it’s even worse when something fails. We rely on our boilers to heat our homes and water, but do you know what to do when things go wrong? I’ll be giving you my expert advice on how you can deal with the most common boiler problems.

Homeowners waste over £100 on help for small DIY jobs

woman doing small DIY jobs

●     Two thirds (66%) of young homeowners (18-34 year olds) are planning a home improvement project this year

●     Three quarters (75%) don’t feel confident enough to put up curtain poles, blinds and light fixtures themselves

●     Younger homeowners are spending over £100 on getting a professional for a small DIY job they could do themselves

 

Younger homeowners are wasting over £100 on professionals for each small DIY jobs that they could do themselves.

Two thirds (66%) of 18-34-year-old homeowners are planning on completing a home improvement project this year, but new research has revealed the significant sums of money they are wasting by getting a professional in to do minor jobs.

Staircasing explained: moving up to 100% ownership of  your home

staircasing on shared ownership - wooden stairs

Victoria Galligan, Editor of Homefocus magazine, explains the term staircasing and how it means you can own ALL of your own home via shared ownership…

It’s understandable that the term “shared ownership” can make people wary at first – if you don’t own 100% of your property, it’s natural to wonder about the possibilities and have questions about what happens if your situation changes. 

Shared Ownership offers buyers the opportunity to purchase a percentage share of a property (between 25% and 75% of the home’s full market value) paying a subsidised rent on the remaining share. 

BBQ safety – an expert guide

BBQ safety – men at the grill in a garden

It's true: there’s nothing quite like dining under the warmth of the sun, in the great outdoors. It’s not surprising then that, when the weather is right, many of us jump at the chance to fire up the BBQ at every available opportunity – and if we have a heatwave like last summer then chances are you'll be doing this a lot this summer. BBQs can be a great excuse to bring friends and family together, but they can also be fraught with potential health hazards. Whether it’s ensuring food is cooked thoroughly and at the right temperature, or keeping people at a safe distance from the heat of the grill, it’s important to stay aware of BBQ safety so that everyone can relax and enjoy without risk of injury.

3 simple garden makeover tips

A gas BBQ is a great addition to any garden makeover

The rise of entertaining at home is apparent in the UK. Therefore, there’s a need to keep your garden space clean and tidy at all times. Admittedly, we aren’t all experts and we can often neglect our spaces during the colder months. In fact, the British public are wasting up to £672 million each year as we don’t know how to best look after our garden space. Here, with plenty of time to make sure you have your space in the best condition for the warmer climes, we look at how best to approach a garden makeover.

Creating the perfect reading corner with Oak Furnitureland

Oak Furnitureland bookshelf

There’s no better pleasure than curling up with a good book and getting lost in a fictional world – no matter how old you are! Here, Oak Furnitureland is sharing its top tips on how to create the perfect cosy reading nook within your home.

1. A statement bookcase is an obvious place to start. Somewhere to not only store and display your book collection, but somewhere that also inspires and relaxes you. Choose a shape, colour and style that you like and complements your home and the room it’s in. 

2. Tall bookshelves also work well to section a room up. If you don’t have much space or a separate room you can dedicate to reading, place a bookshelf sideways into the room to create the ideal room divider for some privacy.