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DRIVE DOWN YOUR HOUSEHOLD BILLS

Utility bills getting out of hand? These savvy tricks will have you smiling at your statements before you know it
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Tweaking your energy usage is a failsafe way to claw back the cash, and it’s easier than you’d think. Here, we take you on a trip around your home and point out the canny tricks you can use to cut down on your gas, electric and water bills, plus a few low-cost purchases that could save you tens or even hundreds of pounds every year. From fake double-glazing to a crafty way to boost your freezer’s efficiency, you’ll save the planet and a few bob all at the same time – winner!

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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.