Home and Garden A-Z


About 4,300 people are waiting for an allotment in London alone.  The national society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners is the UK’s biggest allotment body.  The national allotment week for the UK is from the 10 to the 16 of August.


Bathroom – A study from Blanx White Toothpaste found that 70 percent of people in the UK argue with their partner about the bathroom.

Baths – An average bath uses 80 litres of water but an eight minute power shower uses 136 litres.


Cladding – Timber cladding can be dated back to England from at least the ‘Dark Ages’.  You can have glass, steel, concrete and timber cladding


Decorating – Dark colours can make a room feel larger.  An average of 5,800 people ends up in ER after suffering injuries from holiday decorating.  The Painting Decorating Association is the UK’s largest trade and employers’ association for contractors in the painting and decoration industry


Energy consumption – In the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off.   From 2008 to 2030, world energy consumption will increase by 55%.   If a person yelled for 8 years, 7 months, and 6 days, he or she would produce enough energy to heat one cup of coffee.


Fire safety – Fire fighters in the U.S. were called out on 362,500 house fires in 2009, which caused 12,650 injuries, 2,565 fatalities and $7.6 billion in property damage.  Approximately two-thirds of all fire deaths happen in homes where there’s no working fire alarm

Fridge – Placing hot food in the fridge can lead to uneven cooling, which can cause food poisoning.


Gutters – The standing water in your gutter, if improperly installed, is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.  Gutters can be made out of plastic, aluminium and steel but prior to the 19th century they were made out of wood.


Hazardous waste – There are different types of hazardous waste such as corrosive waste, ignitable waste, toxic waste and reactive waste.


Insulation – Solid Wall Insulation can save around £475 a year on householder’s fuel bills year-on-year! It can also reduce a home’s carbon footprint by around 2 tonnes of CO2 a year.  Draught proofing around leaky door and window frames can save around £55 a year on heating bills.  There are around 10 different types of insulation that you can use to keep your home comfortable and energy efficient


J-Hook – As the name implies, this is a hook in the shape of a ‘J’ and can be fastened to objects to that it can provide good support.  They are manufactured in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes and are often categorised according to their lifting or supporting strengths.  They can be used to attach to walls for use as a bag hook to being attached to trucks for use as a car tow.  The oldest form of the J hook is a fish hook, used hundreds of thousands of years ago.  Their load capacity will be listed as the maximum number of pounds that can be supported.


Kitchen sponge – A used kitchen sponge can contain thousands of bacteria per square inch.


Lightbulbs – Most studies show that fluorescent bulbs, for example, last between 10 and 20 times longer than your traditional incandescent bulbs.  In homes, up to 25 percent of our electric bill is for lighting.  Each year, 600 million light bulbs are disposed of into landfills in the United States. This accounts for nearly 13608 Kilogram of mercury waste.


Modular homes – Because modular homes are built indoors they can be completed in a matter of a few weeks as opposed to months.  Modular homes can be customized.  Modular homes can be built to withstand 175 mph winds.




Outdoor lighting – Battery-operated and rechargeable units are wireless and very portable while in use.  General or ambient lighting provides overall illumination so that people feel comfortable and look good.  Fire is the oldest source of light and considered by some to be the most romantic


Paint – Paint colours can affect your mood. Cool tones invoke feelings of calm, peace and happiness. Warmer tones can provoke feelings of anger or energy.  Latex paint is recyclable, but oil-based paints are considered hazardous waste and should be disposed of by a qualified waste management organization. All paint should be properly eliminated to avoid contamination of public utilities.  The first known residential paint application of any kind are cave drawings.





Seeds – Some orchid seed-pods hold 3 million seeds.  The oldest viable seed to have grown into a plant was a date palm seed estimated to be 2,000 years old.

Sink – A kitchen sink contains 10,000 times more germs than a bathroom or lavatory.


Toilet – A toilet handle in most bathrooms at work has 400 times more germs than the toilet seat.

Trees – Planting trees can help prevent erosion. There are over 23,000 different kinds of trees in the world.  A healthy tree can increase your property value by as much as 27 percent while trees with dead branches, hollow cavities and other problems can decrease your property value.


Under floor heating – There are two types of under floor heating: electronic and hydronic.  Carpet, vinyl, wood, tile and stone and laminate finishes can be used with this system.  A thermostat is used to control the system of under floor heating.