Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Proper Ty Clinic

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Proper Ty Clinic

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Q. I'm currently in the process of knocking my kitchen and dining room into one large eating space and the only thing I want to keep is my oak dining table - how can I make the most of this? LESLEY says: Most interiors can be described as either modern, modern classic or classic which indicates the style you are most comfortable with. For instance if you want a modern look then go for high gloss units with a strong cream and black colour palette, then use oak kitchen accessories to gel the overall effect together.

Modern classic is what it suggests an intermediate look, so try oak units with sleek handles and a natural stone or granite work surface. Colour can be bold or subtle as both work equally well within this scheme. Lastly for a classic feel a country shaker style kitchen with oak (or wood of a similar tone) worktop will integrate your two areas together. Now all you have to do is decide which style appeals to you most and then you can move on to enjoying the finished result.

Q. I have three children and I'm using my washing machine virtually every day. How can I use it most efficiently? ALAN says: Wash at 30[bar]C as often as you can. Most modern detergents work well at 30[bar]C or 40[bar]C.

Washing clothes at 30[bar]C rather than higher temperatures uses around 40% less energy.

Try not to use half-load settings, but wait for a full load instead, and dry clothes outside as often as possible.

If you need to tumble dry, adding an extra spin cycle on the washing machine will mean you need to tumble dry for less time - the extra spin uses less energy than running the tumble dryer for longer.

Look for an Energy Saving Recommended model of washing machine when buying a new one - it can save you around pounds 11 a year compared to a 10-year old machine.

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