6 tips for safely decking your halls with holiday lights

6 tips for safely decking your halls with holiday lights 1 Inspect all cords, strands and bulbs before hanging. Look for connections, frayed wires, burn marks and dry or cracked cords. Do not use any holiday lighting that has these signs. If the loose connection cannot be repaired, purchase new lighting. 2 Secure lights properly. Outdoor lights should only be hung using insulated hooks. Metal...
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How To Cut Energy Costs In The Kitchen

Saving money in the kitchen, where we use 40% of our household energy, is the topic in episode three of George Clarke’s Smarter Homes, George’s 10-part web series. Thinking of buying a new kitchen appliance and want to get the most energy-efficient model? Perhaps you’d like some practical tips on making your existing kitchen more efficient. George is on hand to save you stacks...
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Recycling Waste Electronics

Have you got any small electrical items lying around that are broken or just a bit past their prime? Whether it’s old mobile phones in a drawer, kids’ toys in a cupboard, old power tools cluttering up your garage or a broken kettle or toaster gathering dust in your loft, sometimes it’s hard to part with things that seem too valuable to throw away. The good news is they...
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Why create natural homes?

We are using more and more energy in our homes and this increase is partly responsible for global warming and our changing climate. So how can we save energy at home and create cleaner, greener living spaces? The carbon emissions produced by heating, cooling and powering homes have been rising by close to 2% every year, mainly due to increasingly larger homes packed with more and more power...
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How to Replace a Standard Electrical Socket

Woodie’s DIY will show you how to replace an electrical socket. This can be done for decorative reasons or if there is damage on the casing.
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Electrical Safety

Fires in the home can be caused by faulty wiring in plugs and electrical appliances or electrical equipment not being used safely. A few simple checks and precautions can make all the difference to the safety of your home. London Fire Brigade has launched a community fire safety campaign to spread key fire safety messages about issues like overloaded plug sockets. To read more about the...
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