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Off grid out in west Wales

Moving out of the city and want more energy independence and to reduce your CO2 emissions? It's not as hard as you may imagine

Ecora supplied this oiled Oak Tennyson for a London terraced house

For larger rooms, the wider the planks, the more striking the floor can look. And wood from sustainable forests, or reclaimed wood, are good choices for the eco-minded home-owner.

New AirRam2 from Tech is cordless and lightweight

Low energy vacuum cleaners and steam cleaners are the way to go for a clean, fresh home

Graphene paint is made from natural ingredients yet is hugely hardwearing

Graphene is essentially a thin layer of pure carbon and it's hailed as a wonder material. So cue great excitement about a new natural paint from Spain that contains graphene

Plants indoors create a healthy environment

If you hate to be parted from plant life, or you don't have any outside space but would like some greenery in your life, then why not think about having a green wall in your home?

Ting London turns old leather belts into gorgeous flooring

The designer and TV presenter keeps his eyes peeled for eco-friendly products and green building materials. Here are just a few of his favourites

LED bulbs now fit most types of fixture, from pendants to desk lamps

Summer is a good time of year to revamp your home and garden lighting. So if you've not switched to LEDs, well you're more than missing a trick...

the Trow bathroom is steam cleaned to within an inch of its life

I'm a tidier, but not one for actually cleaning things. Until I took possession of a Karcher steam cleaner. Now our flat is so clean I need help for my compulsive steaming disorder. I'm telling you, it's a revelation...

renovation work is nearly always more expensive than you think

More people are finding the only property they can afford is a rundown one that needs work. Oldrids & Downtown, the Lincs-based furniture and homewares company, has been looking into the costs of home renovation

Leather cube doorstop by Elvis & Kresse

We've taken making do and mending to new heights, with imaginative, often innovative products made by skilled craftspeople.

New for 2016, A3 LED wall panels by B.Lux. www.grupoblux.com

Does your heart sink when you look around a lighting shop? Find much of what's on offer too fussy, too dated, too samey or too unimaginative? Then look to modern lighting from Spain, which is home to scores of great manufacturers who've embraced energy-saving LED technology

Position different varieties of orchids on a display unit in a conservatory

They have long been the interior designer's favourite indoor plant - no Kelly Hoppen interior is complete without an arrangement of orchids. And prices have come down considerably, making them a good option for adding instant style to a room

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