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The cost of running a hot tub in your garden

Over the last few years, hot tubs have become increasingly popular. With an inflatable hot tub costing as little as £250 they suddenly became much more affordable than the hard plastic ones which usually set you back a few thousand pounds. Many people have rushed out to buy one as soon as the weather warms up but have they considered the running costs?

The hot tub needs to be heated to around 37 or 38 degrees to be warm enough to stay in on an evening. Most hot tubs heat up about 2 degrees an hour so you will often need to put it on in the morning to be able to use it that evening. The filter will also need to stay on again using electricity.

If you leave it on all the time you can expect a rather large electricity bill at the end of the month but even heating up once or twice a week can soon add up.

If you have a smart meter you can keep and eye on how much electricity you are using and if you know you have used it a lot one week you may not go in quite so much the next few.

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Is there are use for a slow cooker in the summer?

When many of us think of slow cookers, we tend to think of winter stews, casseroles and hotpots, none of which are typical summer day meals but does this mean that your slow cooker has to be locked away until winter? The answer is no, as there are plenty of dishes that you can do in your slow cooker even on a hot day which will taste amazing.

Pulled pork is very easy to do in a slow cooker. Simply and a joint of pork and pour over some BBQ sauce or even coke (which makes a sweet sauce). Leave to cook for a good 4-5 hours at least and then once ready put into brioche baps for the ultimate summer cuisine.

Another great meal to make in the slow cooker is chicken salad. You may not be aware but you can roast a whole chicken in the slow cooker and because it is cooked in its own juices slowly, it becomes extremely tender. Make a colourful salad and then shred or slice the chicken up to go along side it. The beauty of a slow cooker is you can prepare your meals in the morning and then carry on with your day, knowing that it will be ready for your evening meal with little work required.

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Camping appliances

If you have ever been camping you will know that room is something that many people struggle with. Many of us would like to take much more with us, but having to pack everything in to a car or trailer often restricts what we can bring.

If you are going to go camping often then it may be worth investing is some proper camping equipment. This not only makes it easier when you come to pack but also camping equipment is designed to be more portable and a compact.

Pots and pans are something that takes up a lot of room but are essential if you are going to be cooking some meals. You can buy pots and pans that have removable handles and that stack completely inside each other so you can transport them easier. Cooking stoves are another must have for campers. You can just buy a single gas ring stove for around £20 or you can spend a bt more and get a double ring and grill. Make sure you don’t forget to get the gas bottles that are compatible with your stove.

Air beds are perfect for camping but if you are planning on staying for a few nights or struggle with your joints at all, you should invest in a good quality one.

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How can you lower your household electricity bills?

The majority of homeowners and renters are interested in trying to save money on their household bills and usually the largest bill is for the energy we use. Over time the various energy sources such as electricity, gas and oil vary in their prices so that one may be far cheaper than the other, but electricity is used by us all for lighting and appliances even if not for heating. Saving money on our electricity bills is therefore important for us to achieve.

Savings can be made quite easily on our lighting usage by changing old incandescent light bulbs for more energy efficient LED lighting. Although more expensive initially, the saving over time is invaluable.

Turning off appliances that are not being used is another way to save energy and therefore money. Devices left on standby may not seem to be using much energy but over weeks and months it can add up to a considerable sum.

If it is possible in the property to install solar panels to provide some of the electricity you need it is a great investment as you will be able to generate electricity that can be used to power appliances in your home whilst the sun is shining.

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Is owning a carpet washer a good idea?

Although laminate and wood flooring are a popular floor covering choice in many homes, carpets are still the preferred option for many especially in bedrooms and living rooms as it is generally warmer and gives a cosier feel to your home. The downside to carpeted floors is that they can get dirty particularly if you have pets or young children. This problem necessitates the need to wash the carpets periodically, but should you purchase a carpet washer, or should you simply hire one when needed?

If you decide to buy your own carpet washer there are a few to choose from and depending on how much carpet you have will determine the size of the washer you buy. If you have a large carpeted area a more substantial machine will be a better buy as the water tanks are larger so will need less emptying however you will need to consider where you are going to store it when not in use. A smaller model is a better option if storage space is a problem or even consider a wet and dry machine that can be used as a vacuum cleaner too.

As the cost of hiring a machine is quite costly it is certainly worth thinking about buying a carpet washer to share between family households thus cutting down on the initial outlay.

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