Home & Garden
- Tuesday, 10 December 2013
With break-ins across the country set to rise during the dark winter months, watch our video for expert advice on securing your home
According to Halifax Home Insurance, the average cost of a burglary during the British winter is a hefty £1,746, an increase of 14% when compared to claims made during the summer.
The reason for the spike in break-ins during the winter is due to the short days and long nights which provide the perfect cover for opportunist thieves.
- Tuesday, 19 November 2013
The recent round of price hikes from UK energy companies has led to widespread concern at the prospect of a cold and expensive winter ahead. Five of the ‘Big Six’ energy firms have announced increases of as much as 10% on the price of gas and electricity and with forecasters predicting the coldest UK winter in decades, the cost of keeping our homes at a comfortable temperature is certain to be higher than ever.
A recent government Public Attitudes Tracker showed that 48% of people in the UK are worried about paying their energy bills. This figure will only increase as the cold weather bites and the impact of these latest price rises is reflected on our bank statements.
- Monday, 11 November 2013
A comfy sofa, good neighbours and a front a back garden as the three key ingredients to a happy home for those over 55, a survey has revealed.
The study of 2,000 people across the UK showed that Brits over 55 love nothing more than snuggling up on the sofa in the dark winter months.
Other items, which people felt were necessary to a happy home included a large bed, fast internet, a spare room, a fire place and a nice dinner table.
- Tuesday, 05 November 2013
A third of burglary victims have been targeted more than once.
A quarter of Brits leave doors and windows open or unlocked when out.
1.6 million Brits leave a spare key under the doormat.
3.1 million households forgo home insurance.
As the darker nights draw in now the clocks have gone back, MoneySuperMarket reveals UK households are failing to secure their homes properly and protect themselves from intruders.
- Thursday, 31 October 2013
When the weather outside is frightful, it becomes even more important for your home to be delightful. Now is the time to stock up on cosy winter essentials to have your home feeling like a safe haven from the chilly winds, the dismal rain and the flurries of snow that is sure to come our way over the next few months.
Take a peek at our top ten coveted items for those dark winter days:
Offering an inviting and cosy feel, fairy lights - like these from Lights4Fun - are the price-savvy way to transform any dull space in your home. Draped over your fireplace, entwined around your bannister or strung above your bed, their twinkly little lights will have you forgetting all about the dreary weather outside.
- Monday, 28 October 2013
Smart beds that monitor your vital statistics and warm up in cold weather and cool down when it’s hot
Self-cleaning bacteria resistant mattresses and lights that help you wake up
A Mr Darcy hologram that you can have a virtual-snuggle with – Design Scientist/ Futurist Melissa Sterry reveals what will and won’t be coming to a bedroom near you by 2025
- Thursday, 03 October 2013
A pensioner has won a gardening competition from beyond the grave - after her daughter entered it on her behalf following her death.
Green-fingered Gena Skuse, 76, has scooped gold in the Bristol in Bloom competition ten times since she began entering in the 90s.
- Friday, 27 September 2013
The nation’s gardens now look better than ever – thanks to the typical green-fingered Brit spending the equivalent of 19 working days toiling away during this year’s scorching summer, it has emerged. A study found the sunny days were put to good use – with the typical gardener working for a staggering 154 hours.
The figure equates to an average weekly shift of 11 hours a week tending lawns and flowerbeds amid the three and a half month heatwave.
And the hard work paid off, with the average adult spending 32 days between mid May and late August when they were able to get out and relax in their garden.
The research, which was commissioned by UK manufacturing company Origin, found the ‘proper summer’ was well deserved – as the average homeowner usually spends 108 days of the year sitting indoors wishing they could be out in the garden.
- Tuesday, 24 September 2013
A new survey of homeowners released today shows that many are ignoring possibly serious electrical issues in their homes, so what should you never overlook and what risks do you face if you do?
Homeowners are being urged not to overlook electrical problems in their homes, no matter how minor they think they are, following new research which shows millions are ignoring potentially serious issues.
The study carried out by ElectricSafe shows that 15% have electrical issues in their home such as tripping power, lights hanging loose from sockets, flickering or dim lights, cracked or burnt plug sockets, exposed wiring and light switches that only work occasionally.
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