The cost of heating our homes is becoming more and more expensive, due to the unremitting rise in the prices of gas and electricity.
It is now really essential that we make our homes more energy efficient to cut costs; the UK government is also committed to drastically reducing carbon emissions.
Statistics from Yale the lock specialists, suggest that a million multipoint door locks could fail this year, probably leaving thousands of homes unsecured and homeowners locked out of their properties.
A multipoint lock runs the length of a PVCu door and has several points of contact, such as hooks or bolts, which lock the door into the frame.
Hazel Ball, owner of Velvet Brown the home accessories website, has been working with Command products from 3M, to fashion some crafting and decorating ideas for the Queenâ€™s Diamond Jubilee.
Hazelâ€™s top tips are offered below:
Finding an appropriate ground covering for an outdoor location, for either domestic or commercial settings can be difficult.
However, Tact Enviro Ltd who specialise in innovative retro-fit flooring offer an attractive range of solutions.
The companyâ€™s TactTile interlocking floor tiles offer a perfect surface for many outdoor flooring applications, such as garages, patios, balconies, swimming pool surrounds as well as play areas and sports courts, such as tennis and multi-use games areas.
Black & DeckerÂ® have launched a new decorating range, so if you are planning to redecorate part or all of your home, this collection is just perfect for the job.
The range includes a roller and various sprayers; the six products are all easy to use and promise great results.
Flexi-Fix is an innovative new system from Croydex, enabling easy fixing of new bathroom accessories securely to the wall, without damaging the dÃ©cor; a very effective way of updating your old bathroom design.
The Croydex meyhod is a quick and easy way, to replace wall-mounted bathroom accessories with new ones with the minimum of fuss, time and mess, making it an ideal solution if you don’t want to spoil the hard work you’ve put into redecorating:
Dremel’s latest addition to its excellent range of Versatile Tool Systems is the DSM20.
This definitive compact saw, boasts a powerful 710 watt motor and achieves cuts up to 20mm deep in DIY materials such as wood, plastic, metal and tile.
The Dremel DSM20 kit includes excellent line of sight and abrasive cutting wheels, for producing precise cuts, which will help to make short work of any DIY, maintenance or repair job.
The new Rapide Ultra 2 carpet cleaner from leading UK floor care brand Vax, is able to achieve spotless carpets in just 20 minutes, with its deep cleaning, quick drying technologies.
An average front room takes just 20 minutes to wash, and is dry enough to walk on again within an hour or two.
Cleaning your carpets can seem like an enormous job that you never quite have time to do. Therefore itâ€™s no real surprise that recent research by Vax, revealed that over half of UK parents let their kids crawl and play on carpets that are never washed.*
NHBC, the UKâ€™s leading warranty provider and standards setting body for new build homes, is offering the following tips to keep your home watertight and draught free for the coming winter:
There are many things we can and should do to protect our homes from the effects of harsh weather and good planning also helps to reduce maintenance and utility costs.
Gutters: Gutters should be cleaned out at least once a year to remove leaves and debris. Wet patches on the walls below (both external and internal) may indicate that gutters or downpipes are blocked.
Would be thieves are well aware that we all have lots of high value presents in our homes during the festive period and they do their utmost to take advantage.
So Yale are offering some seasonal security advice, to help keep your gifts safe from surprise visitors, other than Santa Claus:
Itâ€™s important that your home is protected while youâ€™re out visiting family and friends or away on holiday, therefore a security alarm can act as a crucial visual deterrent and will alert neighbours when activated by burglars.
60% of burglaries attempted on homes fitted with an alarm are unsuccessful – Yaleâ€™s wirefree alarm kits are quick and easy to install, and offer discreet protection for all types of properties.