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By Deborah Burley

We can probably all agree that summer didn’t bring the weather we’d hoped for and now, with autumn firmly here, many of us can’t bear to face the winter months. So, at uSwitch we’ve decided to look forward to next summer instead of facing up to the reality of the chilly days ahead.

Here’s our top five garden products for next summer…

Solar Mate Secure 1 security light

Used for security but also as an on/off light when you go into the garden at night. It has three double sized LEDs so it’s capable of flooding an area of 16smq with light.

Murano solar garden globes (available in midnight, aqua, sunset or terra)

These stunning solar lights will make your garden even prettier in the summer months. With their beautiful design, the luminescent crystal and state-of-the-art white LED solar light appears to float in the air. We’ll be dotting these around our flowerbeds and ponds as soon as soon as spring hits -delightful.

POWERplus Dragonfly

 There’s nothing better than sitting in the garden on a warm summer’s evening and chatting to friends over a bottle of wine. You might light few candles too, but these have to be replaced and can often leave wax over your best patio table. With the POWERplus Dragonfly you can get the pleasure of a candle but the hassle- free convenience of a solar light – it mimics a candle; flickering under the moonlight after being powered by the sun.

Venetian solar garden lights

These solar garden lights are perfect for lighting up the garden path or drive. Made with a stainless steel body and shatter-proof glass, they’re durable enough to keep outside and their solar panels will last for two years.

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Turning the heating on... Image by Musée McCord Museum via Flickr

Turning the heating on... Image by Musée McCord Museum via Flickr

OK, I’ll come clean – I turned my central heating on last night.

I tried putting on extra layers, I sat under a blanket, I got a hot water bottle, but in the end there was nothing else for it – I was freezing!

I’m slightly ashamed to admit it – I usually manage to hold out until the end of October, and I think there’s definitely a competitive element to when we decide to give in and turn the heating on. There’s always someone who wants to prove how tough and impervious to cold they are by being the last one to switch the heating on.

For me, the heating going on signifies the end of good weather and being able to leave the house without a coat and the beginning of at 5 or 6 months of short, dark days and cold and rainy weather. When you think about it like that it’s hardly surprising that I would have preferred to put off flicking the switch for just a little bit longer!

Switching on your heating is a good trigger to get yourself organised for the winter in terms of energy.  For example by making sure you’ve got the cheapest energy tariff to help keep the winter bills to a minimum and also making sure that your boiler and central heating system are in good working order.

Here are some articles that might help you get prepared for the colder weather that’s just around the corner: