The Internet is full of advice about how to reduce heating bills by installing extra insulation, double glazing and replacing old boilers. For many people this is just not an option since it is just too costly. While for others, many have lost touch with the "old" ways to keep warm in winter because they have grown up with central heating and expect to be able to wear a T shirt twelve months of the year. Well get this, even 50 years ago central central heating and double glazing was pretty uncommon so what happened in the winter? Well I will tell you...it was pretty cold, there was ice on the INSIDE of the windows, sometimes the toilet froze over in the morning and most years there was a burst pipe. Well, we don't want to go back to living like that, but what can we learn from the past that will help us keep warm in the winter now and may also reduce our heating bills? Read on to find out from the MeanyGoat...
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Home Made Screen Wash Ideas – Do they Work?
If you spend any time behind the wheel of your car then you know how important it is to have a clean windscreen. But how can you achieve this cheaply and what happens if the garage has sold out of regular screen wash? Home made screen wash is simple to make but does it work and is it safe to use without damaging your car? There are all sorts of horror stories out there about screen wash damaging the paintwork or blocking the nozzles up. Whatever the season your road safety is seriously compromised if you do not have a clean windshield and a full tank of screen wash. If you buy your supplies from the local garage then the chances are that you will be spending up to $50 a yearon these products. Home Made Screen Wash is practically free! Read on to learn the secrets…
These days a packet of seeds can cost several $’s, £’s or €’s….and you don’t get many seeds in a packet any more either! Due to this it is important to discover the best way to germinate seeds so that so don’t waste any. The gardening books are full of conflicting advice and many methods seem pretty complicated for the novice. Then there is the problem of watering….to dry and the seeds never germinate….too wet and they just rot away. So what is the best way to germinate seeds? Read on to find out how to save yourself time and money as well as taking the guesswork out of the process!
Learn how to store watercress correctly so that you can keep it fresh as long as possible and avoid it turning into a pile of green slime overnight! Watercress is an expensive but highly tasty and nutritious addition to any salad or garnish. However, it spoils very quickly and needs treating differently from your other salads.
How Much Electricity Does a Coffee Machine Use to Make Filter or Espresso Coffee?
While the judges are still out on the health debate about whether on not coffee is good for us we can still worry about the question “how much electricity does a coffee machine use”! We know a kettle uses up loads of electricity, but how does this compare with a coffee machine. What about the difference between Espresso coffee and Filter coffee; is one cheaper than the other? To answer these and many other related questions the MeanyGoat has just carried out a series of tests using an Energy Meter so that we have the real facts to examine. Read on to find out the intriguing answer!
Cress Growing – We all Did This When We Were Kids!
Yep, we all carried our Cress Growing when we were kids but how many of us still do it now? We should because it is cheap, tasty and nutritious! Learn how to do Cress Growing the modern way so that you have a healthy salad garnish available all the time for almost zero cost.
Can Hybrid Electric Cars Change Your Drive on a Winter Morning??
Imagine having your hybrid electric car on the road on a cold winter morning. As the temperature starts to dip, you likewise begin to realize the number of road blocks you and your car would probably have to hurdle. Less than ten minutes of driving out of your garage, you start to worry even more as you encounter more traction problems in the snow, especially when you try to drive up a steep slope.
Frugal Holiday Ideas: A Chalet in the Mountains or All Inclusive Hell?
If you analyze your budget then the chances are that your holidays take up a big chunk of spare cash. So how should you best spend this money – to help support a sustainable lifestyle or to get wasted as often as possible? Do you prefer a chalet in the mountains or a week of “all inclusive hell”? There are plenty of frugal holiday ideas that will help you have a great time whatever you decide….read on for more inspiration!
What is it with fad diets? Every year there has to be a clutch of new ones, each one more bizarre than the last. Now we are all supposed to eat like cavemen! But is the Paleo Diet safe to use… does it work… is it worth the risk? Latest research from the USA throws up an interesting twist… read on to discover the details!
Looking for an up to date list of snow conditions at all the winter sports resorts in France? Well look no further, here it is! The list is updated each time you refresh your browser so it is worth bookmarking if you want to check conditions frequently. The results are submitted by the resorts themselves so sometimes tend to be over-optimistic in terms of snow depths. That said it is a useful guide of what is going on and is particularly useful at the start and end of each season to check if a resort is open or not. Ski-ing in France is huge fun with such a great choice of resort available. The best option is always to avoid the “big names” like Avoriaz, Chamonix and Val d’Isère and look for smaller resorts close by that will be both quieter and cheaper. It is also a good idea to plan your visit outside theFrench School holidayperiods which are particularly busy! Have fun and always ski safely with a helmet!
Sochi 2014 – The Year the Olympic Flame Died Forever!
Now that the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are safely over it is time to let off a bit of steam. Luckily the event passed off without any disaster or terrorist attack, and for that we can all breath a sigh of relief. Dubbed the “Flatpack Olympics”, because everything was assembled from scratch, and costing over $51 Billion Sochi was the most expensive winter olympics ever. Full marks to all the athletes who trained so hard and gave awe inspiring performances on the day. However, surely Sochi 2014 will best be remembered as the year that the Olympic Flame died forever… suffocated and snuffed out by greed, profit, power, corruption and politics.
Healthy Clean Eating – Start Saving Money and Feeling Normal!
Thirty years ago healthy clean eating wasn’t a new “fad diet” it was just what everybody did then… back in the “good old days” before most junk food was invented! Processed food and junk food has only taken over from healthy clean eating in recent years due to the growth and commercialization of the modern food industry. We have moved away from “three meals a day” to a constant culture of grazing. Snacking has become the way the fill in the time between meals. If, like me, you are a Trolley Watcher at the supermarket checkout then you will be amazed at just how many packets, bottles, cans and boxes of processed food people cram into their trollies. And then there are the plastic packs of microwave meals, the frozen pizzas and the sacks of oven chips. Somewhere, bobbing along on the top like flotsam, you might catch a glimpse of an orange or a slightly bruised bunch of bananas. I usually stand there open mouthed thinking “where the fuck are the INGREDIENTS !”. Then you look at the Lost Soul pushing the trolley and realize that the bloated, pasty faced customer, and the three kids swigging fluorescent “Orange Nectar”, have already fallen into the pit of over-consumption. Well, you don’t have to follow them like a lemming, and you do have a choice. Healthy clean eating will certainly help you save money, it will put you back in touch with the lost skills of our parents generation (err cooking that is!)… and most importantly will make you feel a whole load better – literally bursting with energy!
Try Homemade Brown Sauce and Explode your Taste Buds!
Brown Sauce and Red Sauce are the long standing staples of the English Transport Cafes traditionally frequented by long distance lorry drivers. The description implies that the only differentiator is the color, and lets face it, brown sauce doesn’t really sound very appetizing at the best of times! However, once you try homemade brown sauce you will find that it is very far removed from the watery transport cafe variety, and it will literally explode your taste buds. Homemade Brown Sauce is quick and cheap make and tastes so much better than the bought stuff… and of course contains less salt and sugar so makes a healthy addition to any meal. Read on to discover just how easy it is bash out your first bottle of homemade brown sauce….