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From DIY tips and tricks to how to save energy and prevent heat loss around your home, we’re using our industry knowledge to share secrets that will help you save money and keep safe.

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Heating | Energy Saving Tips

Gas engineer and director of compliance at Options Skills, Dave Judge, shares how you can reduce your heating usage and bills this winter. With the ever-increasing rise in energy prices...

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How To Prevent and Treat Frozen Pipes

There are many things to consider for your home over the colder months, from saving money on energy bills to staying safe over Christmas. Another thing to add to that list...

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Signs You’ve Hired A Cowboy Tradesperson

Cowboy tradespeople can cause a multitude of problems. Whether it’s building a poor quality extension, “fixing” your clogged drains only to find they didn’t fix it at all or leaving...

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How To Stay Safe Driving In Icy Conditions

As we get further into the winter and temperatures are dropping each day, the chance of snow and ice increases. Unfortunately, a more challenging and potentially dangerous time for drivers...

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How To Prevent Heat Loss In Your Home

In the colder months, it’s essential to keep your home nice and toasty, but there are plenty of ways in which you may be losing heat throughout your house. Unfortunately,...

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Keep Your Boiler Working This Winter

Winter is a magical time of the year, with everyone getting excited for Christmas and New Year. It’s a time to celebrate, but your boiler breaking down is something you certainly...

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How To Stay Safe On Bonfire Night

Remember, remember the 5th of November. And don’t forget to stay safe on Bonfire Night. Also known as Guy Fawkes Night, each year, on November 5th, the skies are lit...

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Signs Of Electrical Overload In The Home

According to statistics from Electrical Safety First, between 2015/16, there were 28,350 fires, and 15,432 were of electrical origin. Approximately half of all electrical fires were due to misuse of an...

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Gas Safety Week – Gas Safety Tips

Each year in September, the Gas Safe Register dedicate a week to educating the nation on gas safety. Gas Safety Week raises awareness of the dangers and hazards of poorly...

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