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Tesla Powerwall2 allows you to store energy from your PV panels

If you have solar PV panels, as actor, TV presenter and renewable energy enthusiast Robert Llewellyn does, you can now store the electricity they generate using a battery such as the Tesla Powerwall2

Duette blinds trap warmth

Snug as a bug in a rug? Or are you plagued by draughts and chills up your spine? You need Deco’s guide to a warmer, more eco-friendly home

The good news for anyone on a budget is that the general consensus has become this: Christmas should be fun and merry and joyous, but it should be eco too. So get out the brown paper and the biodegradable glitter, don't buy more food than Bruce Bogtrotter could eat, and compost all your peelings

We're all getting more involved in the fight against climate change thanks in no small part to children who're rightly demanding that adults don't trash young people's futures

Cork's long been associated with bottle stops and dull flooring. Not any more: it's the eco-friendly, design-friendly material designers can't get enough of for furniture, homewares and decorative accessories

Saturday Portobello by Ian Berry, Denim on Denim, 122x61cms

Huddersfield-born Ian Berry - aka Denimu - shows just what the upcycling artist can achieve with pairs of old jeans

Humanscale's Nova LED task light

We love shopping at charity shops and auctions above all else but don't feel bad if we buy new from time to time. We've got some ideas for the eco home dweller and have been testing a few products out too, so share our thoughts

Hungry

More of us are investing in wood burning stoves to keep our homesteads warm - and make us feel less dependent on the big energy suppliers. But evidence is mounting that they are significant source of particulate pollutants that are damaging our air quality, so are they a good buy? Kay Hill investigates

FR or no FR - let consumers choose

Former civil servant and fire regulations expert Terry Edge says it's time people in the UK were told just what chemicals are in our furniture and given the option to buy non-FR products if they want

Pollution Pods pictured at Somerset House in London - they're now going to New York

The World Health Organisation has invited Dr Michael Pinsky to install his Pollution Pods in front of the UN Building for the Climate Action Summit on 23 September.

Lisa is brand ambassador for Hotpoint

The former Celebrity Masterchef winner who's left acting for a career in cooking tells Deco she does compost her peelings, doesn't go overboard on gadgets and wants to tackle food waste

Land of milk and honey..but at a price

The award-winning architect has designed homes for a new co-housing project in Cambridge. These projects are great, he says - though the future for housing lies in far greater freeing up of land.

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