When it comes to heating at home we all want to save money without compromising on comfort. With bills on the rise and winter on the horizon, it's getting to that time where we all start thinking about the cost of our heating, and what we can do keep it as low as possible. Regardless of the kind of heating system you have at home, they key to cost management is control. The more control you have over you heating, the more money saving potential you'll have at the end of the day.
So, which uses more energy when it's left in standby mode - a computer or a phone charger? It's questions like this that really make you wonder what is contributing to that higher than average energy bill at the end of the month or quarter. We've all experienced that nasty shock of getting a bill that was perhaps a tad higher than we expected, but it's not always the energy company's fault. Here are some typical household devices, and what they might be setting you back if you don't completely turn them off...
ElectricRadiatorsDirect.co.uk has teamed up with cheeky TV sparky Billy Byrne, who has become the UK’s favourite electrician after helping his colleagues to rescue dozens of unfinished DIY projects for deserving families all over the UK.
Electric radiators are quickly becoming the alternative heating option of choice for people who want to cut down on their energy usage, do their bit for the environment, and save a few pounds on their quarterly bills. Choosing which radiator to buy can be a difficult; there are so many different features available, from state of the art thermostats to next generation thermal heating elements. Once you've settled on a brand and type of electric radiator, how do you make sure you've got the right size? And what impact can that have on your energy bills?
The best designs in the world are based on purpose and function. When a design solves a problem, one of functionality for example, (as simply and elegantly as possible), the result is often style personified. Modern design is as mentioned simple yet distinct. To choose a modern design the right colour, textures and clean lines will be taken into account. Modern designer electric radiators have a smooth and streamlined look, unobtrusive yet functional.
How to choose an electric heated towel rail? In the first instance look at the mission statement or the company ethos of the provider.
Smart meters have hit the headlines again this week, with small businesses claiming that the Government's plan to roll them out to every home in the UK is 'too expensive'. The truth is, regardless of whether we like it or not, it looks like most of us are going to be living with Smart Meters in our homes very soon, and while the initial cost for their installation might bump up our energy bills in the short term, they could be one of the best things to happen to us. Particularly if you're one of the few who've already upgraded to an energy efficient electric heating solution.
Making crucial decisions about your bathroom renovation is never easy, especially when it seems like there’s a new product coming to market every week. From baths to sinks via towels and tiles, there are a myriad of decisions to be made about your new bathroom, but one of the most crucial is often the most overlooked – towel rails.
The humble bathroom has gone through a considerable reinvention over the last few decades. Since the mid-nineties brought us a seemingly infinite number of home renovation programmes, we’ve begun to see bathrooms as less of an embarrassment and more of a space where we can begin to spread out artistic wings. We have decided to pull together a few of our favourite design tricks for 2014/15 to answer that very question.
When you’re renovating your bathroom, there’s a million things to consider. Roll top bath or built in? Brass taps or chrome? Tiles or linoleum? The options soon stack up and things begin to fall by the wayside, but there’s one thing we should always remember to consider – towel colour.