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HOME AND GARDEN
Winter is coming WINTER can drive even the most dedicated
green thumbs indoors, but the cooler days
mean you can do the jobs that make you
sweat in summer.
Tidy up the garden -- get rid of the branches
that may have snapped off with the wind,
along with the leaves.
Clean the gutters -- with the heavy rain and
wind coming through, there's sure to be a
build-up of green waste.
Freshen up your home with an indoor plant
-- it will add a touch of colour to your home
and let you keep gardening through winter.
Pot plant plans
WINTER is upon us, meaning it
is time to consider your home
With electricity prices on the rise, the
right decision could save you money and
reduce your energy use.
A wood combustion heater is undoubtedly
the best way to heat your home, however
many people do not have the luxury of
owning one and sourcing wood can be
For people who do not have a combustion
heater, there are three other main heater
options -- reverse-cycle air-conditioners,
gas heaters and portable electric heaters.
The best option will depend on a few
things, including whether you've got gas
connected, how big the space you want
to heat is and how often you are going to
use the heater.
Reverse-cycle air-conditioners are more
expensive to buy than a small electric
heater, but are very effective in terms of
the power they use compared to the heat
They can be very good if you've got a
larger space, like an open-plan living area.
If you have a gas connection in your
home, gas heaters can be very efficient
and good value for money.
There are two types -- flued and unflued.
Flued are more expensive to install and
slightly less efficient, but unflued can
present issues with fumes so they are
subject to regulations and you need to
For heating smaller spaces, when you're
going to leave a heater on all day, gas is
likely to be much cheaper than a portable
Portable electric heaters are generally
cheaper to buy, and a good option if
you're not using them in large spaces or
for long periods.
Ensure you get the right size for the space
you are looking to heat.
When comparing, it's not about the
amount of heat they generate -- it's about
what they do with it.
Other tips when it comes to warming
your home include insulating your ceiling,
draught-proofing windows and doors,
covering windows at night, and closing
the doors between heated and unheated
Do not heat rooms to tropical
temperatures; for example, try 20 degrees
instead of 23 degrees.
Each degree less will save about 10 per
cent on your energy use.
Only heat the rooms you're actually using.
Hot air rises to the ceiling, so if you have a
ceiling fan with a reverse-direction option,
consider using it at a low speed to help
circulate the hot air more evenly through
the room without creating a downward
WHETHER you have limited space
or just want to try something
new, potted plants can make an
exceptional addition to your garden.
Before choosing a plant, find the right
pot for it, one with holes for drainage
in its base, preferably around the
Different pots suit different purposes
so ensure you know what you are
Plastic pots are lightweight but they
provide little protection against the
weather, while glazed ceramic pots
can be hard to move but hold up well
to extreme temperatures.
Terracotta pots can provide good
drainage for certain plants, including
lavender, but they tend to be dry, so
ensure to water daily.
View more gardening tips online
With electricity prices on the rise,
the right home heating option
could save you money this winter.
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