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Tweaking the thermostat for maximum efficiency and savings

Kya deLongchamps says that making some small changes to the features of space and water heating can increase comfort levels and reduce energy bills within weeks. 

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Drying our tears: Dealing with the aftermath of a flood

Kya deLongchamps offers sympathy and some essential guidelines to those starting out on the challenging journey to a dry home after the floods of this winter.

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Upgrading your home heating system

Kya deLongchamps warms to the economies of heat pump technology, now standard in new builds, but explores its potential as an upgrade heating system.

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Creating a sense of home for that emerging teen

Kya de Longchamps suggests interior design tricks, a few set house rules and safe room designation could help with the eternal teen struggle — that difficult transition period from cute cub to acceptable, house-trained adult.

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Looking at the best short back and side-tables for your living space

Kya deLongchamps looks at short back and side-tables, the unsung heroes of ergonomic living and the backbone of a good, working interior decor scheme.

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Apps, passive housing and zero carbon - the year ahead in home improvement

Kya deLongchamps gives an overview of new developments in the home build and related areas this year, and is particularly taken with the passive housing model.

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Interiors, food and other home-related books that may help in finding a Christmas gift

Kya deLongchamps reviews a range of publications that would make ideal gifts for those with an interest in interiors, food and other home-related topics.

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Advice for picking upholstery and window treatments for the winter season

Carol O’Callaghan goes in search of new and exciting fabrics for seasonal upholstery and window treatments.

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Don't wait too long to get your house exterior ready for winter

Kya deLongchamps suggests getting outside now to finish those last few winter-battening jobs before the weather turns and the distractions of the season begin.

 

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We are an outdoor species so get outside to lift the darker moods of winter

Fíann Ó Nualláin looks at the contemplative pleasure of working outside at this time of year.

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Why you need fresh, clean air in your home - and how to get it

Kya deLongchamps looks at the science behind getting fresh, clean air into the home and the health consequences when there is insufficient ventilation in your home.

 

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Ten tips for the proper design of rooms without borders

Kya deLongchamps considers the hidden demands of an open-plan lifestyle, and reminds us that getting it right at the planning stage can make all the difference to that great wide open.

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Getting the right tools for baking

Carol O’Callaghan says a good cook has to have good tools for baking.   

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Copper, slate blue and fresh stripes ring the changes this winter. All from House of Fraser.

Have a look at the latest designs in new appliances and home technology

Kya deLongchamps finds that the march of technology is continuing to revolutionise the way in which we store our food, wash clothes and make a cuppa.

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Tips on how to pick and run a stove

Kya deLongchamps looks at the practicalities of choosing and fitting a stove as part of a single room or a whole house heating plan using wood, coal or oil.

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Pet or penance? How to get that pooch to be good

Kya deLongchamps explores some common and baffling problems when it comes to dogs’ behaviour around the house. Do owners need as much polite retraining as their hairy companions? And is there really such a thing as ‘the outdoor dog’.

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