Building a conservatory was once the go-to home improvement for households up and down the UK, not to mention a significant status symbol when it came to resale value – but is this still the case in the 21st century?
Nearly all households recycle plastics at home and many of us have become much more aware of how many plastic bags we use since the charge for single-use carrier bags came into force – but how many of us have thought about bread bag recycling before?
If you’re not sure what you can and can’t recycle in Leeds, you’re not alone. Council-run recycling services can be confusing and as there’s no consistent rules on what goes in which colour bin nationwide, you can’t rely on what other people tell you.
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.