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Consumer watch

Save money by reducing your carbon footprint, says Hayley Gilbert

Easy saving

Save Water Save Money, which works with water boards across the UK, has launched a free Water Savings Calculator that could save households up to £95 a year. Take the survey at savewatersavemoney.com and get a personalised water usage report with advice on how to cut bills. They’ll also post you a free personalised Water Saving Box, which includes nifty devices to help you reduce water consumption further.

LET’S GET GARDENING

A survey commissioned by Poundland, in celebration of its new ● In The Garden With Charlie Dimmock’ range, has revealed the nation’s gardening habits ● 28% will only garden when it’s warm outside ● 78% are happy mowing the lawn ● 73% don’t know how to maintain a window box ● 60% can’t grow their own vegetables ● 33% aren’t sure how to weed ● 26% love spending time in their garden ● 21% don’t have time for it ● 23% find the whole idea of gardening overwhelming!

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Transforming your home on a budget? You’ve come to the right place. Begin your bargain hunt with a stop-off on page 6, where you’ll find the best décor buys the high street has to offer – starting from just £2. Next, get your fix of design inspiration with our four fabulous real homes; Rebecca Hadley’s stairs (p.16) and Janice Issit’s bathtub (p. 46) are feats of creative magic. Steph and Abbi on the HomeStyle team have completely demystified the dark arts of DIY on page 61, from tool box starter kits and tiling masterclasses to solving your worst decorating disasters. For those DIY-ing to add value to your home, flip to page 80, where we’ve brought a whole new meaning to packing on the pounds – you’ll be totally amazed by how easily (and cheaply) you can send your asking price through the roof. Elsewhere, cook up a storm with frozen produce (p. 72), read our ultimate guide to wooden flooring (p. 96) and explore the many different ways you can upcycle and embellish junk shop finds with Juliet and Amanda on page 83. And lastly, our super stylist Pippa is back with three fun room ideas with print and pattern (p. 90) to give our schemes a whole new spin. Enjoy.
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