Intelligent or remote heating controls – what’s the point?

Remote heating controls are all the rage at the minute, with Nest now available in the UK, Tado having been around for a little while and British Gas’s Hive being pushed really hard on the radio and TV as well as a growing number of lesser known alternatives. So what’s the point of an internet connected heating
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6 easy ways to reduce your heating bill!

As temperatures plummet, heating bills rise and it is a big worry for many. But fear not there are lots of things you can do to make keeping the heat in and the cold out more affordable and here are 6 of them! Switch energy suppliers – uSwitch can help you compare prices and potentially save money
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5 great reasons to grow your own mint!

Homegrown mint is the freshest, sweetest and most satisfying mint you will ever taste and needs very little looking after. We have four mint plants so that we have plenty to keep us going when it is in season and we give it a ‘haircut’ every so often so we can dry some out too
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Tado Heating Thermostat coming into winter number 2.

Tado is a thermostat with a difference, it’s smart and saves you money by only heating the house when you are at home. We have had it installed now for almost 2 years, and more importantly for a winter. Coming into the winter I thought it would be worth looking at how we have got
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The do’s and don’ts of assembling a DIY thermal/ heat retention cooker.

This is the third in a series of posts about saucepans and slow cooker alternatives (read post 1 here and post 2 here). I have been trying to work out if I can slow cook food without the help of any special equipment and without needing any power (other than an initial injection of heat by bringing the
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Saucepans and slow cookers – making do part 1

My kids went back to school today and I got the house back to myself! It does seem a bit quiet around here though :). Anyway, I now have time to start tackling a long list of things to do and although I should be focussing on how I’m going to make myself £10,000 in
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How hungry is your appliance?

This is a guest post from Mr ETL (my husband) about how we found out exactly how much we are spending on our background electricity usage throughout the year and how it is broken down by appliance. We are spending around £365 a year on our background electricity usage!  When I look at our energy
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DIY Chimney balloon

Introducing guest post number three from my husband all about how to make a chimney balloon for free! So its getting colder outside and we have had the heating on already. I’m on a mission to use technology and gadgets to reduce energy usage and save money. I was in our family room recently and
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Tado the intelligent heating control – first impressions

I recently wrote an article about how and why my husband is tracking my every move and I mentioned that we are beta testing a new heating control called Tado. Well apparently it is useful for things other than just remotely letting him know when I’ve left the house and he has written this article
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