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  • How to Decorate Your Bathroom For Halloween

    With Halloween just days away, millions of us are busy worrying about the best way to decorate our homes in a suitably spooky manner for the year’s most frightening day. Out of all the rooms in the house, the bathroom isn’t the one that necessarily screams out scary the loudest. But, after a bit of digging, you’ll find that bathrooms are actually a standard setting for many of the most iconic horror scenes in film history. Taking some creative inspiration from hallmarks of the horror genre Psycho and The Shining can’t hurt when trying to create the perfect bathroom for Halloween.

    Psycho

    Psycho

    The shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is quite possibly the most famous horror scene in film history, and, as the most famous horror scene in film history, there is no better film to take inspiration from for your Halloween-themed bathroom. Positioning a cardboard cut-out figure purportedly clutching a knife behind a translucent shower curtain is the perfect way to echo the film whilst frightening any visitors that are unfortunate enough to enter your bathroom.

     The Shining

    the shining

    After an axe-brandishing Jack Nicholson proclaimed: “Here’s Johnny!’ whilst poking his head through a bathroom door, the scene from The Shining has become a hallmark of the horror genre. A wall decal that vividly depicts the only horror scene capable of rivalling the infamy of the shower scene in Psycho, is one worth having in your home for Halloween.

    Harry Potter

    Moaning Myrtle was an ever-present in the bathrooms at Hogwarts. Whenever she did pop up, she always had an unnerving impact on the viewer initially, but ended up leaving them laughing, which is exactly the impact a Moaning Myrtle decal in your bathroom will have on your guests. Inexpensive but guaranteed to garner a reaction, a Moaning Myrtle toilet decal is the ideal addition for any Harry Potter fan on Halloween.

    The only horror story you have to avoid

    waste water pump

    Spend too much time concerning yourself with making your bathroom look horrifying, and you can end up with a real horror story on your hands. The appliances behind-the-scenes that allow your bathroom to run smoothly on a daily basis are vital. Without a waste water pump, for example, especially given the tumultuous weather of late, you are leaving your home without a line of defence against flooding. By whisking away any encroaching water with speed and ease, a waste water pump will set your mind at ease and keep your bathroom in tip-top shape.

    Bonus tips

    There are a host of simple but spooky changes you can make to your bathroom that don’t involve imitating film. Everything from skull-shaped soap dispensers to pumpkin-adorned bath mats and towels are readily available, and each addition is equally effective at helping to create the perfect Halloween bathroom. A smattering of fake blood is another popular option, but is only worth exploring by the most daring amongst you - both because it is realistic enough to cause genuine terror and because it is likely to give you a fright when you realise how difficult it is to clean up afterwards.

  • How to Fight Back Against Food Waste

    As a society we’ve grown disturbingly accustomed to wasting resources and destroying our fragile planet. Hundreds of trillions of gallons of water are wasted globally in food production alone, an unfathomable number to the average person. And yet the water we use to drink, bathe in, shower in, and flush the toilet with, accounts for less than one per cent of the world’s overall supply. In a century where the global population is expected to surpass nine billion, it’s never been more critical to manage our use of resources and limit waste.

    We’re all guilty of wasting food but not all of us are aware of the dire impact this is having on the environment. Landfills of rotting, wasted food are potent sources of methane - a greenhouse gas with the potential to accelerate climate change even faster than carbon dioxide. A reduction in food wastage would also mean a reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases in general, as the environment-harming chemicals associated with the production of food will be lessened.

    So what can we do to reduce food waste?

    Planning meals in advance

    Shopping list

    Efficiency and management is the key. At the supermarket, try to shop with a list, reducing impulsive purchases. A weekly planning schedule could help, giving you an idea of what to prepare and when. In time, you’ll develop a knack for portion sizes, and will learn what’s right for you and others, you may even find you’ve overspent in the past, making your weekly shop more cost effective.

    Getting creative with leftovers

    pickled goods

    As much as proper planning can help, leftovers are unfortunately more or less an inevitability. Freezing anything that is left over can preserve it for months. Canning, pickling and drying are three effective ways of ensuring your food goes further. The Love Food Hate Waste website is an invaluable resource - it is full of unorthodox, underrated and underappreciated cooking techniques and recipes that can help you create something delicious from what you would otherwise assume are incompatible ingredients.

    Invest in a wilo central heating pump

    wilo central heating pump

    While it won’t technically reduce the amount of food waste you generate, a wilo central heating pump will help to reduce the guilt you’ll feel after hearing the following statistic: throwing away a single burger wastes the same amount of water as running a shower for an hour and-a-half. Whenever food is wasted, so too is a mass of water.

    These ingenious central heating circulator units from Wilo regulate and maintain the water temperature in pipes even if they aren’t located near the storage tank or boiler. Although some initial energy is expended maintaining a uniform temperature, in the long term you can expect a drastic reduction in both consumption and wastage. After all, there’s no need heat up the water if it’s already at a desirable temperature, and you’ll no longer have to let the water ‘run’ as you turn on the tap - because it’ll already be hot.

  • Bathroom Design by the Decade

    Bathroom décor of the past fifty years has been riddled with developments both delightful and disastrous. From minimalism to shabby chic, it is fair to say that the trends that emerged divided opinion at the time, and continue to do so today. There were, however, some definitive triumphs (upcycling and increased efficiency) and definitive disasters (avocado bathroom suites). In order to chart this turbulent history, we have put together this guide to bathroom design by the decade. Who knows, you may even be inspired to borrow from a bygone era.

    1970s

    bathroom 70s

    The 1970s might be the oldest decade featured in this list but they were far from the most traditional. Continuing the momentum created by the 60s, bathroom décor in the 70s was typically outlandish. Bold pastel colours reigned supreme in the world of bathroom fixtures and they were more often than not accompanied by even bolder and brighter botanical coloured wallpaper. While 70s style bathrooms have threatened to make a full-blown resurgence in recent months, you can rest assured that not all aspects of 70s bathroom decor will be welcomed back with open arms - avocado bathroom suites are a glaring example of the era clearly overstepping the line between outlandish and garish.

    1980s

    bathroom 80s

    The 80s were a decade marked by extravagance, and the bathrooms were no exception. Wall-to-wall carpets and sunken bathtubs featured in many a bathroom of that era, and helped to paint the 80s as a decade of excess - especially in the US. With arguably more investment than ever into interior design, bathroom decor became wilder than ever - you were just as likely to encounter a bathroom with floral chintz shower curtains as one covered with real ferns. And whilst it gave rise to unprecedented experimentation, it also gave rise to some tasteless trends. There are practical and aesthetic reasons why bathrooms are no longer completely covered in shag carpet.

    1990s

    bathroom 90s

    Almost as a backlash to the brazen boldness of the decades that had preceded it, the 90s adopted a minimalist approach to bathroom décor. Monochromatic colours were an ever-present. Black, white and beige ruled the roost. Corner baths established themselves as the go-to bathroom feature of the decade, but they were better in theory than in practice and failed to outlive the 90s. Another staple of the decade - track lighting - was far more successful and long-lasting. As well as being unobtrusive and versatile, track lighting allowed homeowners to focus light throughout their home.

    2000s

    pedrollo pumps

    The newly-minted environmental ethos of the 2000s was ushered in, at least partly, by the popularity of Grand Designs. The programme brought attention to the environmentally-conscious Walter Segal method of construction amongst others, and introduced Britain to a plethora of green ways to outfit our bathrooms - the efficiency of pedrollo pumps made them a household name. Upcycling was commonplace as shabby chic became not only an indication of environmental awareness but also an indicator of cool. The noughties saw a break from the past, as bold and bright-coloured feature walls defied the minimalism of the previous decade.

  • Making Your Office More Eco-Friendly

    With the average person spending 90,000 hours in the office during their lifetime, it is safe to assume that a decent-sized chunk of the pollution we produce as a species comes during the working day. While it is admittedly easy for environmental considerations to slip your mind in the midst of pressing meetings and deadlines, it is more important than ever not to abandon the planet - especially as temperatures continue to climb and extreme weather becomes a regularity rather than a rarity. To transform your office into an environmentally-friendly one that requires very little effort to upkeep on a daily basis, here are a number of the most effective changes you can possibly make.

    Saving paper

    hot water pump

    Recycling

    It may seem counter-intuitive to reduce the number of bins in an office if you want to encourage recycling, but that is exactly what the consensus is in the environmental community. By getting rid of personal bins, employees are forced to move around in search of a bin and are more likely to make a more conscious decision about whether the waste they are carrying can be recycled or not.

    Going one step further and eliminating the presence of bins in the office altogether is another option; one that is being explored successfully by the Macquarie Bank office in Sydney. The thinking behind it is that, without bins, employees have no choice but to complete their work without generating any paper waste.

    Printing

    Before you even start thinking about how you can reclaim value from things you have already used, you should first consider how you can eliminate their use in the first place. Implementing software that can automatically improve the efficiency of any document you are printing - both in terms of ink usage and paper usage - can cut down on your office’s contributions to global warming. Brands like Green Print and E Print claim that their software can save up to 17% on printing materials.

    Saving electricity

    LED

    From the computers that allow you to send emails and store documents, to the kettles that provide you with boiling water, offices are full of electricity-guzzling equipment. Any opportunity to trim your electricity usage should be seized upon.

    Especially in larger offices, motion-activated lights can remove the human element that inevitably results in lights being left on when they simply don’t need to be. If you aren’t willing to take this step, you should at least consider installing LED lights, which use a fraction of the energy that their incandescent counterparts do. Similarly, energy-saving plugs will automatically switch off monitors and computers that are almost always left on standby after hours. These changes are simple yet effective.

    Saving water

    hot water pump

    In any UK office, people are constantly shuttling back and forth from the kitchen carrying cups of tea and coffee. For that reason, office kitchens are guilty of using copious amounts of water - not to mention the huge amounts of energy it takes to boil this water.  The most straightforward and effective method of reducing this amount of energy is to install a hot water pump. As well as providing your office with an instant supply of hot water, it does so extremely efficiently.

  • How to Replicate the Spa Experience at Home

    Before you even get started, it is vitally important to cultivate the kind of atmosphere that will allow you to really relax. Central to establishing a positive mood is appealing to two of your so-called secondary senses - your sense of smell and your hearing.

    Picking the right music

    Don’t be hasty to dismiss the choice of music as inconsequential ‘background noise;' numerous studies have verified the correlation between music and relaxation. One particular study conducted by Mindlab International demonstrated how a particular set of sounds in music can culminate in one very calming experience. A sustaining rhythm that slows over time is mirrored by the heart rate, which in turn, reduces blood pressure and the release of cortisol (the body’s stress hormone).

    Selecting a scent

    spa scent

    Similarly, used correctly, smell has also been scientifically shown to evoke a positive response. Smells trigger a response from the limbic system - the area of the brain responsible for processing emotions and memories. When a soothing lavender fragrance (for example) is present, the brain responds in kind, making it imperative to invest in a suitable scent for your home spa.

    Drinks please

    A glass of champagne is standard fare for spas the world over and your home spa is no exception - if you are so inclined anyway. Herbal teas are equally effective. Whatever you decide, the result should be the same - a feeling of calm before the spa experience gets into full flow. Whilst the spa process is underway, you may benefit from staying hydrated with some so-called spa water. If you were wondering, it is essentially just water with a few slices of cucumber, strawberry or lemon thrown in.

    Treat your skin with a face mask

    Face mask

    A face mask is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a typical spa experience. In order to live up to that stereotype, here’s how you can construct your own face mask with things you have lying around the house. Ingredients actually vary wildly, but the online consensus appears to favour the inclusion of honey. As well as smelling superb, honey is a natural acne remedy thanks to its antibiotic properties.

    Healthy and simple food

    No spa experience would be complete without some kind of physical nourishment. The most popular spas across the globe owe their stellar reputation, in part at least, to their food. And you should aim to consume something equally delightful in the comfort of your own home. Of course, it is best to prepare this beforehand to prevent any frantic food preparation from ruining an otherwise serene day. It is worth noting that, as a spa day is an exercise in health, wellness and relaxation, this food should also be healthy.

    Taking a bath

    Stuart Turner Monsoon U5.0B

    Without the need for any fancy facial scrubs or the tiny Middle Eastern fish that are popular for pedicures, a simple steaming bath can have a profound effect - especially when used in collaboration with other inexpensive products. Warm water relaxes the muscles and helps to alleviate any pre-existing pains or aches. It is also great for the skin - researchers at Stanford University found that a hot bath can kill bacteria on the skin and minimise the body’s inflammatory response. To ensure your bath (and all other water-using outlets in your home) have adequate water pressure; it is well worth considering the installation of a booster pump from the Stuart Turner Monsoon range.

  • The Future of Solar Energy

    In a world where climate change plays a more and more significant role in dictating global temperatures and weather, the impetus for combatting carbon emissions has never been stronger. That is why the search for alternative energy sources - like solar - is more pressing than ever. Maximising the viability of solar energy has been amongst climate change campaigners’ primary concerns. From moving solar panels from land to sea, to improving their portability and efficiency, efforts have been tireless, and the culmination of these efforts has been a constant development and re-evaluation of solar energy use.

    Roll-up solar panels

    Flat Holm

    The latest innovation in solar energy comes from a small island off the coast of Cardiff - Flat Holm. It was the site of the first introduction of pioneering solar energy technology. Rapid roll-up solar panels were successfully used to provide the 0.15 mi² island with electricity. While that is no great achievement in itself, the success of the roll-up solar panels lies in its efficiency. Because the panels can be rolled up, up to ten times the amount of power can be stored in the same size standard solar panel. With greater efficiency and ease of movement, roll up solar panels could play a prominent role in a greener, cleaner future.

    From land to sea

    Floating solar

    A key area for development when it comes to solar energy is under-utilised bodies of water. Large expanses of water - particularly reservoirs - are just waiting to be adapted to harbour masses of photovoltaic cells all simultaneously harvesting light into electricity. As with all renewable energy resources, China is the global leader. And, with solar, that is no different. Just months ago, China unveiled the world’s largest floating solar power plant with a 40MW capacity - enough to power a small town. To give you an idea of the scale of the Chinese plant, its biggest competitor in second place, is capable of producing a comparatively meagre 6.3MW.

    More attractive solar panelling

    solar panels on roof

    Part of the reason we haven’t seen solar panelling become widespread throughout cities worldwide has been because they are, admittedly, a bit of an eyesore.  Elon Musk has plans to change that. August of this year marked the first time Tesla’s SolarCity tiles were fitted onto a house and began generating electricity. Available in four different designs, including one remarkably similar to conventional roof tiles, they are intended to remove any reservations that homeowners would otherwise have about the visual appearance of solar panelling. Apparently, they are also extremely durable - Tesla have claimed they are three times as strong as standard roofing tiles whilst weighing half as much.

    Zilmet SOLAR

    Harnessing solar energy requires equipment that is built to withstand high temperatures. The SOLAR range from Zilmet is custom built to withstand temperatures of up to 212°F, ensuring the pumps, fitting and gaskets that reside above the tank membrane remain properly protected.

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