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Top Reviewer Ranking: 8,341 - Total Helpful Votes: 152 of 200
Home Insulation Manual: How to cut energy bills an&hellip by Ian Rock
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical guide, 5 April 2014
The surest way to save on home energy bills is to improve insulation. However, the choice of products and methods is overwhelming and there are many potential pitfalls to trap the unwary. This book explains the theory and the options clearly and the important issues are illustrated with good quality photos.

Having read this book, I feel confident that I have enough knowledge to avoid having the wool pulled over my eyes by builders (who let's be honest, are notorious for finding the short cut in any job) and ensuring that any work I have done complies with good practice.
Bodum 1446 Latteo Milk Frother by Bodum
I bought this product on the strength of jacobjacobi's review which suggested a great method for making thick foamed milk, which turns out far better foamed milk than any I've made with a steam wand.

However, this isn't a foolproof product - you have to work with it to learn how to produce good results. On my first try I pumped 90 strokes, which didn't produce the volume I expected. Subsequently, I have kept pumping away until the milk has doubled in volume before putting the jug in the microwave. It needs a vigorous pumping action, keeping the filter within the milk. I place my other hand on the top of the jug and push down firmly to stop the jug sliding around on the worktop… Read more
Bialetti Moka Express Espresso Maker, 6 Cup by La Cafetiere
I am something of an espresso purist and over the years I have tried a number of espresso makers. I'm happiest with the Bialetti for a number of reasons. Most important, this clever little device produces great coffee, bringing out the rich depth of a dark roast.

Secondly, it puts you in total control of the brew process. By using an external and variable heat source it's possible to fine tune the brew time consistently by setting the heat just right. It frees you from the chore of dismantling the brew head and washing out the oils periodically and there's no need for a regular descale routine.

Thirdly, it's easy to use tidily without making a mess of the kitchen. Most… Read more