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November 6, 2020

Prologis Supports Customer Plans for Growth in Central Bedfordshire

Prologis UK has announced that it will build a new logistics facility for its customer Rajapack, close to the company’s existing facility at Prologis Park Marston Gate. Prologis recently secured planning permission for the 261,230 sq. ft square foot industrial logistics building and work on site started in July, when

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How to save money on household bills

No matter how well you think you’re faring when it comes to money, there’s always a shortcut or two that could save you a couple of quid each year on your household bills. The cost of these bills is continuing to rise across the UK, but with a couple of

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CEMEX Invests into Its Rail Network

CEMEX Invests into Its Rail Network

Global building materials solutions supplier CEMEX has invested over £600,000 into its UK rail network this year, to increase safety standards and reliability while providing opportunities to grow and enhance service levels. Improvements have been made to six of CEMEX’s railheads, including Dove Holes, Salford, Sheffield, Selby, Crawley and Cambridge.

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Manchester House Builder Achieves the 100th Completion

Manchester House Builder Achieves the 100th Completion

Manchester-based Hollins Homes is celebrating after reaching its 100th completion, following continued business growth and an increased demand for homes due to the stamp duty holiday. House builder Hollins Homes builds with traditional values and a common sense approach and since it was formed by Mark Chadwick in 2015, it has delivered 100

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‘The biggest challenges… were the factors outside of our control’: an interview with IWFM’s Head of Workplace on managing COVID-19

COVID-19 has challenged us all, testing safety, resilience, finances, and wellbeing alike. At our IWFM Impact Awards 2020 virtual ceremony in September, we celebrated some amazing examples of the powerful influence of our profession and its ability to adapt to these extraordinary circumstances with ingenuity, skill and often compassion.  Ahead of Workplace Week International (9 to 13 November), we sat down with IWFM’s Head of Workplace, Donna Walker (DW), for a

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9 Strategies to Promote New Housing Developments

Housing developments can be a significant attention-grabber for most campers and caravanners, among many others. There are several strategies that can help promote new housing developments for people clinging to the old ways. These strategies are the following. 1.   Utilizing Available Audiences Perhaps the most crucial step to this is

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Are You Getting The Most From Your Radiators

Heating is expensive. Especially in winter. You can blame basic thermodynamics for this. The tendency for heat to radiate outwards and try its hardest to escape as temperature levels normalize in a region is a basic fact of life. As a direct result of this, heating a room can be

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Top 5 DIY pest control methods

Using one or more of the following tips can make it much easier to get rid of bed bugs and other pests, and there are many reasons for doing so. Let’s take a look at them and find out how they can work for you. Getting rid of these pests

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024

November 6, 2020

Plans approved for new residential development at Peel L&P’s Liverpool Waters

Planning permission has been granted for an application submitted by Peel L&P and Your Housing Group (YHG) for the development of Patagonia Place, a 31 storey residential development at Liverpool Waters. The development will consist of 278 homes and marks the fifth residential development at Princes Dock, one of five neighbourhoods at the £5 billion waterfront development. Liverpool Waters is  transforming 60 hectares of historic docklands and is the biggest single regeneration project in the history of Liverpool and one of the largest in Europe. The development offers 2,000,000 sq.m of floorspace which will include 9,000 residential homes, 315,000 sq.m. of business space and 53,000 sq.m. of hotel and conference facilities. The waterfront project will also be the home to a new cruise liner terminal and hotel as well as a new Isle of Man ferry terminal  currently under construction as well as the proposed  new Everton FC stadium. Darran Lawless, development director at Peel L&P’s Liverpool Waters says: “It’s fantastic to have reached this significant milestone, after a huge amount of work in collaboration with Your Housing Group, our advisory team and contractor Vermont, that has gone  into securing  planning consent.     “We’re delighted with the progress  made across Liverpool Waters and this is yet another incredible residential development, adding to the existing schemes delivered at Princes Dock creating more quality homes, securing local jobs and investment in an enviable waterfront location, right here in Liverpool city centre.” Lorraine Donnelly, development director at Your Housing Group says: “Your Housing Group has remained committed to delivering this development at Liverpool Waters, and to reach this milestone with Peel L&P is a great achievement for everyone involved.  This is a really exciting project for YHG. To have a development on the iconic Liverpool waterfront offering high-quality apartments with incredible views of the Mersey is something that we are extremely proud to be part of. We can’t wait to get started on site.” The residential development has been designed by Faulkner Chester Hall, with Arup providing planning consultation and Vermont in line to build the project.

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Prologis Supports Customer Plans for Growth in Central Bedfordshire

Prologis UK has announced that it will build a new logistics facility for its customer Rajapack, close to the company’s existing facility at Prologis Park Marston Gate. Prologis recently secured planning permission for the 261,230 sq. ft square foot industrial logistics building and work on site started in July, when representatives from Prologis, Rajapack and Central Bedfordshire Council met to hold a groundbreaking ceremony. Rajapack currently operates out of a 100,000 sq. ft facility on Prologis Park Marston Gate; however, due to a growing requirement for space, the company needed a larger building. Moving away from the area would have resulted in significant business disruption and a loss of local jobs and, therefore, Prologis worked with Rajapack to help the French-owned packaging company realise its ambitions for growth from a Prologis-owned site in the neighbouring area of Brogborough. “By structuring a deal which will enable Rajapack to move from its existing building and seamlessly expand into a larger building nearby, we were able to avoid local job loss and business disruption for the company,” said Oliver Bycroft, Director in the leasing and development team at Prologis UK. “It’s great to see the company investing in the Central Bedfordshire area and we look forward to supporting their continued success.” “This new building is absolutely crucial to our plans for growth,” said Tom Rodda, Managing Director for Rajapack UK. “Not only will the new building enable us to better serve our customers and provide them with a greater range of products and services, it will also be a great new facility for our employees and will provide them with a bright, modern environment in which to work, including an employee gym. Being able to stay in the Central Bedfordshire area was important for us as it enables our employees to grow with us and we look forward to creating news jobs in the area as part of our plans” Councillor Kevin Collins, Executive Member for Planning and Regeneration at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “Marston Gate is already a thriving strategic employment site within Central Bedfordshire, so we’re delighted that it will be generating even more local jobs in the future. The area has been allocated for housing development in our draft Local Plan, so there will be greater access to a new local workforce and jobs for our residents.” Prologis has been investing in central Bedfordshire for almost two decades and has worked closely with Central Bedfordshire Council on the development of sustainable logistics facilities which bring valuable jobs and amenities to the local area. Customer Case Study – Rajapack, Prologis Park Marston Gate Supporting plans for growth Rajapack currently operates out of a 100,000 sq. ft facility on Prologis Park Marston Gate; however, due to a growing requirement for space, the company needed a larger building. Moving away from the area would have resulted in significant business disruption and a loss of local jobs and, therefore, Prologis worked with Rajapack to help the French-owned packaging company realise its ambitions for growth from a Prologis-owned site in the neighbouring area of Brogborough.

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How to save money on household bills

No matter how well you think you’re faring when it comes to money, there’s always a shortcut or two that could save you a couple of quid each year on your household bills. The cost of these bills is continuing to rise across the UK, but with a couple of quick changes, you can easily cut costs. Here are some of our favourite tips. Cutting water costs An average household spends around £400 on their water bill each year. In order to knock a bit of money off, you could consider having a free water meter installed so you only pay for the water you use. If you find that the meter hasn’t saved you any money, you can change back within 12 months of it being installed. After this time has elapsed, it isn’t possible to return to unmetered billing. If your house was built in 1990 or later, it will already have a meter installed. Other water-saving options include showering instead of bathing and turning the tap off while cleaning your teeth. Here are even more ways to save on your water bill. Cheaper gas and electricity The average yearly energy bill in the UK is around £1,000. If you want to save some dosh, consider switching every so often. There are lots of energy suppliers out there competing for customers, so you’re bound to find a good deal. Instead of only checking with the most well-known companies, do some research into the lesser-known ones, which often have surprising cheap deals. You might also be able to cut your energy bills by installing insulation, glazing, or through a more efficient heating system in your home. Buy in bulk If you buy your household items in bulk, you can save money and will never have to worry about running out of anything. The things most people buy in bulk include toiletries, washing powder, cleaning supplies, food, and even office supplies such as toner or paper. Just make sure you have room to store your hoard. Even though you might not be able to buy everything in one trip, purchase what you can and you’ll slowly build up a stockpile of common household items. Are you paying too much Council Tax? It’s not uncommon for a household to find itself in the wrong Council Tax band so it could be that you’re paying more Council Tax than you should be. If you claim benefits or are on a low income, it may be possible to reduce the amount you pay. Have a look at the GOV.UK website for more information on Council Tax. There are also ways to get a discount on what you pay. This includes if you live alone, you live with full-time students, you live with someone with a disability, etc. Cheaper broadband, phone, or TV Just like with gas and electricity, it pays to look around to see if there are cheaper options available. Every so often, do a bit of research and find out if there’s a cheaper broadband, phone, or TV provider you can switch to. If you decide to change mid-way through a contract, you may have to pay a fee to be ‘let out’ early so bear this in mind. Alternatively, you could consider house hacking to earn a bit of extra income. As explained in our article on house hacking, you could rent out part of your house if you have a spare room, for example, or even rent out the whole place if you own several properties.

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CEMEX Invests into Its Rail Network

CEMEX Invests into Its Rail Network

Global building materials solutions supplier CEMEX has invested over £600,000 into its UK rail network this year, to increase safety standards and reliability while providing opportunities to grow and enhance service levels. Improvements have been made to six of CEMEX’s railheads, including Dove Holes, Salford, Sheffield, Selby, Crawley and Cambridge. In particular, nearly £400,000 was spent at the Dove Holes railhead, located in Buxton, Derbyshire. As part of the enhancements to this site, an extension was made to the rail loading wall to increase the shovel loading and storage capacity, alongside track working improvements which will provide more flexibility to the operation at this site. “As a result of the investment into our rail network this year we have been able to grow volumes and make our service more reliable, which in turn has halved our unplanned outage costs and incidents,” said David Hart, CEMEX’s Supply Chain Director for UK & France. “These developments will also ensure our railheads lead the industry for safety standards and are more robust. Rail is an integral part of CEMEX UK’s supply chain network and we are committed to increasing our service further, capitalising on the time, capacity and efficiency benefits this form of transport offers.” This investment is part of a rolling four-year development programme, with plans in place to spend similar amounts each year. In particular, in 2021 the Supply Chain team expects to make further improvements at CEMEX’s Selby and Sheffield railheads.

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Manchester House Builder Achieves the 100th Completion

Manchester House Builder Achieves the 100th Completion

Manchester-based Hollins Homes is celebrating after reaching its 100th completion, following continued business growth and an increased demand for homes due to the stamp duty holiday. House builder Hollins Homes builds with traditional values and a common sense approach and since it was formed by Mark Chadwick in 2015, it has delivered 100 homes across three developments in Lancashire and Shropshire. The company, and its development arm Hollins Strategic Land, works closely with chartered landscape architect and environmental planner, Influence, and credits the firm for enabling its success with its specialist expertise on planning applications, planning appeals and landscape and visuals matters. With Hollins Homes now active on three further sites across the country, and further schemes in the pipeline for 2021 and beyond, it is planning to expand its site teams with at least two new hires per site going forward. The 100th completion took place on its Whitchurch development – ‘The Orchards’ – in Shropshire and was the final home to sell on the 50-home scheme. From the outset, Hollins Homes has been bold in its approach and successful in offering a quality product for home owners. Its first scheme in 2015 was in Fulwood, Lancashire, and at 24 homes was a significant development for a new house builder. Based on King Street in Manchester, Hollins Homes has an active pipeline of schemes and ambitious delivery targets of 55 homes delivered by April 2021, 100 in April 2022 and 150 by April 2023. “Reaching this milestone is a real joy and testament to the whole team’s dedication to crafting quality homes, that are centred around our customers and the surrounding environment,” said managing director Mark Chadwick. “Following many years in development, when I started Hollins Homes just five years ago, it was very much based on a desire to create homes that buyers were proud of, and our focus on personalisation of properties to the customer and carefully creating welcoming new communities is what has enabled the company to thrive. “Myself and the team are proud of what we have achieved and to hand over our 100th home to a happy customer was wonderful. “We have a number of exciting developments in various stages across the country and it is the team at Influence that has really enabled much of our progress. We have worked with them from the outset and its landscape and planning expertise and sound counsel are invaluable to us, and they are a key partner of Hollins Homes. “We are looking forward to the next chapter; delivering desirable and well-placed homes and welcoming new members to our team.” Hollins Homes has experienced good sales throughout but has seen numbers rise due to the additional desire to move during the current stamp duty holiday. The company now has active developments in Shropshire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Lancashire and is continuing to assess new modern methods of construction, to deliver homes more efficiently and sustainably. Influence operate across the UK from offices in London and Nottinghamshire and provide specialist landscape architecture, urban design, environment planning and expert witness services.

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‘The biggest challenges… were the factors outside of our control’: an interview with IWFM’s Head of Workplace on managing COVID-19

COVID-19 has challenged us all, testing safety, resilience, finances, and wellbeing alike. At our IWFM Impact Awards 2020 virtual ceremony in September, we celebrated some amazing examples of the powerful influence of our profession and its ability to adapt to these extraordinary circumstances with ingenuity, skill and often compassion.  Ahead of Workplace Week International (9 to 13 November), we sat down with IWFM’s Head of Workplace, Donna Walker (DW), for a social distanced chat about her experiences of managing IWFM’s team and head office during the COVID-19 pandemic.   If you require any support in managing the impacts of COVID-19 and the return to work, we have a range of resources, including guidance, information and webinars, available here.   1. On 16 March – a week before the Government announced the first national lockdown – IWFM CEO Linda Hausmanis closed head office and moved all employees to remote working. Why did IWFM act at that stage and what were your immediate thoughts and actions in tackling the transition?  DW: ‘We were keeping a close eye on developments and had already implemented 14-day self-isolation for anyone travelling internationally. Then I was notified by our landlord that another tenant in our building had sent home an employee who had flu like symptoms. After weighing up the potential risks and vulnerabilities of remaining in the office and reviewing our business continuity plans, we were able to make a decision quickly and act promptly.  ‘Although we already had some in our team who regularly worked remotely, the technical infrastructure and system improvements we had invested in over the last two years enabled the whole organisation to work from home very successfully. The health, safety and wellbeing of our team is paramount and we were equipped to make the transition, so that’s why we acted as early as we did: we wanted to and we could.’  2. What were your biggest challenges and successes when moving all employees to remote working?  How well set up was IWFM for this transition?   With uncertainty about the duration of the lockdown, what were your priorities in ensuring the maintenance, safety and preparedness of the building?   DW: ‘We felt really well prepared, so the biggest challenges we faced were the factors outside of our control, particularly around connectivity: the reliability of our team’s home internet connections when millions were working from home  and likewise for our key communication platform, Microsoft Teams. However, it all worked remarkably well and we were able to deliver the majority of our products and services with limited downtime or interruption.   ‘Although our building was unoccupied, it remained open due to other tenants who faced different challenges and needed to access the building. We continued with our usual cleaning, maintenance and auditing with slight schedule changes to ensure we were working within the parameters enforced by lockdown. During the first national lockdown, we also had to undertake some repairs to our office space that were identified during an audit, so although everyone else was working from home, there were times we had to be in the office to resolve issues. Such is the non-stop nature of workplace and facilities management!’  3. After the first UK national lockdown ended in June and organisations began welcoming people back into buildings, how did you go about ensuring that IWFM head office is a safe environment?  DW: ‘We followed the guidance provided by government and tailored it to our situation. Our local BID (Business Improvement District) network provided free signage and touch-free devices for our team.  We ensured our temperature control and air handling system was being maintained in line with new findings and worked with our cleaning providers to ensure they were operating in accordance with the new infection control guidance. We introduced a booking system for our people to work from the office where they needed to in line with official guidance that people ‘should’ work from home where possible. Seating arrangements remained at two metres throughout. Hand sanitiser stations were setup throughout the office.   ‘People were advised not to visit the office if they displayed any symptoms and in any case to take their temperature before setting off. As an additional check, their temperature would be taken on arrival at the office. We also ensured that our team mainly accessed the office to collect equipment or complete a task that required office use, which resulted in minimal occupancy and reduced our risk considerably. When people use the word ‘safe’ or the term ‘COVID-safe’, I wince because how can anyone guarantee a 100% safe environment? You can implement measures with what is reasonably practicable, but you can’t account for behaviours being in line all of the time.’  4. This year has been marked by uncertainty: we’ve experienced a three-month national lockdown, relaxed social distancing measures, local lockdowns, and now national lockdown again. What have been your biggest challenges and successes throughout this changing situation?  DW: ‘Keeping teams motivated during the pandemic has to be one of the biggest challenges for any manager who would normally engage teams through physical and social interactions that help to bring about a familiar and tangible culture. The usual in-person conversations and moods that would take place or be picked up in the office can be missed when working remotely.   ‘However, we have been able to maintain engagement levels through a variety of tactics, including regular all-team surveys and risk assessments, fortnightly all-team briefings, CEO coffee catch-up sessions, celebrating events like Mental Health Awareness Week, continuing with our quarterly training window, offering flexible working arrangements for those who care for the vulnerable, and celebrating personal anniversaries and achievements. We have also had a programme delivered through our social committee with activities like a virtual running club via Strava, virtual yoga and meditation, and ‘pub’ quizzes.’  5. Beyond the immediate health risks of COVID-19, the subject of wellbeing has been a major concern throughout the pandemic. How has IWFM managed and monitored wellbeing during mass remote working?  DW: ‘It was fortuitous that I had delivered health, safety and wellbeing recap training to our entire management team in January, so it was at the forefront of their minds when communicating with their teams. These conversations helped us to be proactive in supporting team members who were considered vulnerable in line with pandemic guidance. As a management team, we made it a priority to have regular interactions with team members via our virtual platforms and in person when lockdown rules were eased through socially distanced meetings in open spaces.   ‘During remote working, the team were and continue to be surveyed at regular intervals by way of risk assessment and any concerning findings are addressed, managed and controlled in a timely manner. The team were given regular opportunities to collect furniture or order equipment through our Business Support team, who arranged to have items delivered to their homes. Team members who struggled to work from home due to childcare arrangements had the ability to work flexibly. Once lockdown eased, those who needed a break from their home space were given the option to book spaces to work in the office.’  6. What lessons will you draw from this year? Have you learned anything that has surprised you?   DW: ‘As workplace and facilities professionals, we sometimes don’t give ourselves enough credit for the things we do as normally we’re behind the scenes dealing with issues no one really thinks about until it becomes a problem. However, this unforeseen global crisis propelled our profession into the spotlight and we have managed extremely well considering the circumstances. I have learnt that communicating in different ways, even if it’s the same message, is key (and to repeat it a few times doesn’t hurt either) as

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9 Strategies to Promote New Housing Developments

Housing developments can be a significant attention-grabber for most campers and caravanners, among many others. There are several strategies that can help promote new housing developments for people clinging to the old ways. These strategies are the following. 1.   Utilizing Available Audiences Perhaps the most crucial step to this is to grab the attention of the people that will be facilitating the housing developments–the residents. Marketing to the residents is the quickest way to push products and the housing development, especially if the development process is eco-friendly. Marketing to these people may also help spread the word or inspire other residents to embrace the new housing developments. With time, there could be development because of this method. 2.   Promotion and Advertising There are several ways to promote and advertise products and services that can facilitate new housing development, one of which is through the use of websites and blogs. Utilizing Websites and Blogs Websites can be great spaces to advertise products that can facilitate new housing developments. Websites with a lot of traffic could showcase advertisements that promote new housing developments. A website that is wholly committed to the promotion of new housing development projects, especially if it has a lot of projects, could be a lot more promising. Blogs can work in similar ways. But blogs can be useful in getting to the chief details on why embracing new housing developments might be the right way to go. 3.   Promotional Events Promotional events don’t need to be luxurious. Something nice would work well, too. Perhaps, the thing to focus on with promotional events is to attract customers. In doing so, they can get exposure to much of the product and services they wish to sell. As a straight-forward way to advertise a product, promotional events could utilize custom banners. Anyone can get custom fence banners that would air the benefits of the new housing benefits while allowing the attendees to enjoy the rest of the event. Thus, defeating the need to having too much promotion, and opening the chance for more fun and entertainment. 4.   Branding Branding usually involves having certain ideologies that make customers flock to it. The beliefs and standards of certain brands help facilitate new housing developments. The customers who flocked to the brand can help the brand amass large audiences that can grow the brand, as well as forward the development of new housing.  Branding can help create recognition, increases an enterprise’s value, generate new customers, realize trust between multiple parties, facilitates the promotion, and improves employee loyalty. All these qualities make this an important thing to embrace. 5.   Utilizing SEO Understanding what customers in a local area draw them is crucial. It is important because it can help design the best ways to approach the marketing and production of new housing products and services in general. Search engine optimization (SEO) can help in the research process, which can provide enough information to help fabricate projects of new housing developments fail-proof. SEO can also help promote better utilization of other strategies, which makes this strategy one of the most cardinal schemes on this list. 6.   Considering the Resident’s Frame of Mind People usually have opinions on everything. Some of those opinions can be destructive, but others can be constructive that they can help sky-rocket things to maximum success. Listening to customers is perhaps one of the most mentioned business strategies of all time, but in no way is it considered a cliché. The customers can provide information that includes the best ways on how to approach promotion, the products and services they want to see in the market, and why they choose certain products over others. All this can help make all the right moves in all the right places. This ‘overstated’ advice is still king because business is a marriage in so many ways, and not considering the views of the significant other is plain ludicrousness. 7.   Working With the Experts Not knowing what a person is doing while taking on a project could be the quickest way to failure. Experts can help shake things up for the better or fix problems before they become business-ending problems. With the end of the business, so becomes the end of the project to promote new housing development. 8.   Sponsorships From Related Business Businesses who share similar ideals as to those that are looking to promote new housing development can provide sponsorships, which can be beneficial in several ways. Related enterprises can help other related businesses grow, which can help business transactions happen more readily. In this case, those business transactions can help promote new housing developments. Sponsorships from related corporations can be cardinal, and should not experience overlooking when there’s no better move left to play. 9.   Inspiration From the Competition Beyond acknowledging all this, it is critical to take this information with a grain of salt. Outright stealing a business’s idea is not the way to go. Though the competition can’t copyright an idea, they might have a tangible project that they can copyright. Taking inspiration from practised ideas could be the beginning of the end for some businesses. Facing a damaging lawsuit is a possibility that can end all things for the company. Caution is crucial. In Conclusion Exercising those strategies in all the right places can promise great success in promoting new housing development. Just as plans are vital for the success of an intricate project, schemes are just as paramount for the success of promoting the development of new housing.

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Are You Getting The Most From Your Radiators

Heating is expensive. Especially in winter. You can blame basic thermodynamics for this. The tendency for heat to radiate outwards and try its hardest to escape as temperature levels normalize in a region is a basic fact of life. As a direct result of this, heating a room can be an incredibly wasteful endeavour. In order to ensure you’re not pouring money down the drain, there’s a couple of different things you can do. Even if you have enough money to throw around, taking a few minutes to ensure you’re being energy efficient is something that you might want to get into the habit of. Especially as energy efficiency regulations and evaluations become more common across the globe. Bleeding Radiators This is something that you can do very quickly and easily. But it can make the biggest difference in terms of improving just how efficient your heating system is. No system is perfect by any means. Even inowadays, as time goes by, pockets of air can build up at the top of your radiator. These pockets of air prevent your radiator from being filled entirely with hot water. As a direct result, your radiators won’t heat up as quickly and might not get as warm as you’d like. Debris can also build up throughout your entire heating system. This can be flushed out by bleeding and refilling your system a handful of times. Radiator Reflectors Radiator reflectors are a cheap and relatively simple innovation. Radiators are relatively efficient in the sense that most of them are room facing. But there’s still one key part of the radiator that often goes to waste – the back end. Radiator reflectors mount on top of your radiator and travel down the back. They stop heat from being radiated backwards into the wall and reflect it back towards the rest of the room. A simple and cheap solution that can help you save a few pounds that, otherwise, would go towards wasted energy. Upgrading Radiators If the steps above don’t net you enough of an increase in efficiency, it might be time to consider upgrading. There’s a massive variety of companies out there that produce high quality and modern radiators. Looking to upgrade, I went with Trade radiators which are a good choice if you’re also thinking about redecorating. There’s enough variety in there to have you set up for pretty much any aesthetic you could have planned out. Modern Heating Controls These are a must for anyone who’s worrying about efficiency too. Most modern heating control systems are wireless now, which can be a bit of a double edged sword. Losing your remote, for instance, can be a nightmare, especially if you’ve set your heating up on a timer. Most modern heating control systems are relatively cheap. They’ll often allow you to program your heating in time with you waking up in the morning, arrive home from work or for any of the other times you’ll find yourself coming and going. Ensure your systems have frost control settings. If you’re off on holiday during the winter, you’re going to want to enable this. Frost control will only kick in when the temperature in your system drops low enough for the pipes to freeze. Water expands as it freezes, which can make your pipes burst. By setting up your frost control system, you will be protecting not only your pipes and heating systems, but your whole house.

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Top 5 DIY pest control methods

Using one or more of the following tips can make it much easier to get rid of bed bugs and other pests, and there are many reasons for doing so. Let’s take a look at them and find out how they can work for you. Getting rid of these pests doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think. One of the top 5 DIY pest control methods is using an organic approach. You need to make sure you do everything correctly and use the right type of product to get the job done properly. If you don’t want to invest a lot of money in these products then it’s worth looking at some online resources to see what else is available. Natural pest control The other option that you have is to use a natural pest control method. There is a wide range of home remedies that are very effective at killing bugs and keeping them from breeding and causing problems in your home. Some of the most effective include: There are also several natural ingredients that you can include in your kitchen to ensure that you don’t have to deal with the problems associated with using pest control methods. One of the most popular ingredients for bug extermination is lemon juice. If you have an infestation of mosquitoes or cockroaches, then, applying a squeeze of lemon onto the affected area or a jar of yogurt is often enough to kill the bugs without having to resort to any chemicals. If you need further information on any of the top 5 DIY pest control methods, then you can find plenty of information about these methods on the Internet. You must find one that suits your particular needs so that you can ensure that you don’t have to make any long term or expensive mistakes when using them. Use of Baits & Sprays The most popular pest control method in terms of home and property issues is using baits or sprays that are designed to target the bugs and stop them from breeding. You can find a wide range of different types of baits and sprays from reputable sources, including online retailers. 2. Sealing cracks and crevices Another one of the top 5 DIY pest control methods is simply sealing cracks and crevices where bugs have previously been able to travel freely to lay their eggs. This can help stop the bugs from laying their eggs in your home or property and will also ensure that they don’t come back. You must seal up all possible entrances to the home as they will eventually spread through your property. 3. Use of Mesh Use a screwdriver to stuff in copper mesh into various gaps. This will help to keep the pests away Use of acrylic latex caulk You can also fill various cracks with acrylic latex caulk. Always keep a dry napkin to clean extra caulks. 4. Spider solution Use a dehumidifier in your basement. Maintain the temperature at 40 percent. Clean the cobwebs regularly. The spiders will decrease significantly in a week Several other pest control methods involve using chemicals and pesticides. Although it is best to avoid these products if you can, they can certainly help to stop the spread of a problem. As you can see, there are several different pest control methods used by various Pest removal companies out there. Depending on the problem that you have, there are several different ways that you can treat it. Hopefully, this article has helped you to identify which of the top 5 DIY pest control methods will work best for you. With the various pest control methods available on the market, you need to make sure that you research the ones that are right for your particular situation before making a final decision. The more time that you spend researching the options available, the easier it will be to select the correct one for your needs. One of the most popular DIY pest control methods is using chemicals and pesticides on a small scale, to kill pests. If you do use chemicals and pesticides on a large scale, then you need to make sure that you follow the instructions for using the product completely and that you keep away from any products that may be harmful to you and your family and pets. You also need to research the different pest control methods available before deciding on the method that is right for your needs. For example, there are pest control products that are effective at killing cockroaches, but not so good at killing mosquitoes. So take a look at the product reviews and ensure that you find one that will get the job done properly. You can also hire a pest control services to get rid of pests smoothly and safely.

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