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Home Energy

Do you need planning permission for solar panels? It’s not as simple as you might think

We reveal when you might need planning permission for solar panels and when you can install them without it.

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Curious about how much to budget for your new conservatory?

Curious about how much to budget for your new conservatory? From size and style to frame material, we look at the cost of a new conservatory.

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Home Improvement

Local council shows yellow card to Harry Redknapp’s Sandbanks villa dream

Think celebrities are exempt from planning rules? Think again. Harry Redknapp is potentially facing a red card for his new property plans

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Home Energy

Best water-saving showerheads we’ve tested

Looking to save water in the shower? We’ve put seven water-saving showerheads to the test to see whether they create a drip, dribble or deluge

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Home Energy

How much does it cost to boil a kettle? And how to make it cheaper

Prefer to save on energy than reduce the number of cuppas you consume? Here’s how much it costs to boil a kettle

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Wondering what decorators charge? Know how much it costs to paint a room

We reveal how much it costs to paint a room if you go the DIY route or call in a professional painter  and decorator

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Flights of fancy: 8 brilliant ways to renovate a staircase

Stairs looking tired and worn? These top tips from a renovation expert explain how to renovate a staircase back to its former glory

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Home Energy

5 ways to make your shower more powerful

Want to boost the performance of your shower? From cleaning your shower head to adding a pump, we share how to make a shower more powerful.

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Put down the hammer: 9 DIY jobs that might invalidate your home insurance

Considering DIY to combat rising costs? You may want to think again. You could risk invalidating your home insurance

Worcester Bosch boiler close up
Home Energy

Should you move a boiler and how much will it cost?

Whether you’re doing renovations or want to improve access, how much does it cost to move a boiler? We talk to the experts to find out