Renovating a house from roof to cellar can be hugely rewarding – both personally and financially, if you get it right – but it’s also one of the biggest practical challenges you can take on in life.
Three years since it pledged never to throw away edible food, Tesco has launched a new mission to cut food waste by education community cooks on how to use every last bit of every ingredient donated to them.
With the new year underway, many more of us will be planning home improvements, but unless you’re a professional (and sometimes even then…!) there’s probably some simple steps you could take to make your next project run more smoothly.
There might not be much greenery in the garden as yet, but it’s only a matter of time. The days are getting longer and will soon be warmer, and that’s when a lot of life returns to the garden – both plant and animal.
With New Year’s falling in the midst of winter, it’s highly likely that you’ve been putting off some important home maintenance jobs, whether they’re DIY projects or things that require you to call in the experts.
Here are five of the top New Year’s resolutions to have about the home, so you can start the year in comfortable and safe surroundings and make some early headway on your DIY to-do list for the next 12 months.
Let’s be honest, we all love making New Year’s resolutions, although we’re not always so good at sticking to them. Here are some that you can hopefully make a long-term part of your life, and how they can save you money month after month.
1. Shop smarter
If you always buy everything from one shop or supermarket, take the time to try some of the others near you – you’ll be amazed at the differences in price for identical items, especially in discount stores and £1 shops.
You might be surprised to learn that the ‘traditional’ Christmas dinner has changed even within living memory – and avoiding food waste was part of the reason why – so if you’re planning an eco Christmas dinner this year, you’re being more traditional than you might think.
If you’ve ever had a turkey sandwich on Boxing Day, you’ve already done some Christmas recycling of sorts, but with so many materials and so much extra Christmas waste, what else can be saved, reused or recycled over the festive season?
Winter quickly takes its toll on home energy bills, as you’re likely to have the lights on for more hours in the day, you might be using appliances such as tumble dryers more often, and you’ll probably be cranking up the central heating on cold days.
Winter DIY jobs are often some of the most important of the year – not just about sprucing up the house like in springtime, or creating new relaxation and entertainment spaces like in the summer.