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Get That Tech! Three Ways To Modernise Your Home

Get That Tech! Three Ways To Modernise Your Home

Update Your Technology

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If it’s been a while since you last updated your technology, now might just be the time to do it – after all, it’s still the start of a brand new year, so why not try out a brand new you? If you still have some of your Christmas bonus left over, then you’re probably thinking about what exactly you could do with it. Now could be the right time to upgrade your laptop to the latest model. If you’re not entirely sure which one would be the best for you, write down exactly what you need from your laptop. The requirements of a serious gamer would be very different from someone who just likes to send some emails and browse the internet from time to time! Talk to a shop assistant about what exactly you need. You could also add some speakers to your front room, especially if you really enjoy watching TV in the evenings, as surround sound will really improve the experience.

Go For A Smart Home

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If you’re really into technology and thinking about new innovations, then chances are you’re already looking into smart living and the possibility of home automation. This works by connecting the appliances in your house to the internet so you can access them and control them no matter where you are – for instance, you could turn all your lights on or off without being at home. It could help you save money, improve your home security, improve your home entertainment system, and help improve your health by decreasing your stress and improving your sleep. If you’re really looking for a home that belongs in the future, home automation really is it. You can even use voice commands to tell your kettle to boil its water so you can make a cup of tea! Look online to learn more about home automation.

Use Different Energy

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If you’ve been lagging behind the rest of the world in the environmental revolution, now is your chance to change the way you think so you can reduce both your greenhouse emissions and your energy bills. If you’re in a part of the world where the sun shines, why not go for solar energy? Not only is this fully sustainable but it just involves the one time cost of installing the panels on your home, meaning that in the future your energy bills will be far lower. The same would be true if you replace your traditional light bulbs with LED lights. They last for longer and use far less energy. If you’ve noticed that your energy bills are way up over the winter, there are also a few practical solutions. Firstly, check your windows and doors for draughts, and use draught excluders to keep the cold air out. Secondly, add more insulation to your attic. You can buy lagging at any good hardware store. Heat escapes through your roof just like it escapes through your head – you need to put a hat on your house by adding more insulation to the roof to keep it nice and warm.

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The Money-Saving Investments That All Homeowners Should Make

The Money-Saving Investments That All Homeowners Should Make

We get it, as a homeowner you want to save money however you can. Although owning a home is more cost-effective than renting, there is a downside to home ownership. The downside is that running a home and keeping up with property maintenance can be expensive. If money is tight this can be a bit of a problem.

However, the good news is that there are lots of simple ways you can save money on the cost of running your home. One way to do this is through investing in your property. This may sound counter-productive – spending more money, but it’s actually not. You see, by investing in your property you can save thousands in the long-run, making the initial investments more than worth doing.

So what are the money-saving investments that you should consider making?

Have solar panels installed

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If you live in an area that gets a good amount of sunlight each day, getting solar panels installed could be a great option. Of course, initially, this will require an investment. However, once you’ve got solar panels installed, you’ll never have to pay for energy again. This could save your hundreds each month, and tens of thousands over the years. Plus, by selling back extra energy that you don’t need to local energy providers, you can even earn from your solar panels. Like the idea of making your own energy? Then the first step is to contact a professional solar company to discuss your options and to get an idea of what price you can expect to pay.

Smart appliances

We’ve all heard of the state-of-the-art smart appliances that are now on offer. From dishwashers and washing machines to kettles and thermostats, there are a range of smart appliances to choose from. These might be pretty pricey to buy, but they’re a fantastic investment to make. This is because smart appliances are a great way to save energy. Plus, they make life a whole lot easier. All smart appliances are eco-friendly and use as little energy as possible. Meaning that each time you’re using them instead of traditional ones, you’re saving yourself money. Take smart thermostats, for instance; these allow you to control your home’s heating from anywhere. All you need is access to a smartphone, and you can turn your home’s heating up or down or switch it on or off. You can even set up automatic times for it to come on and at what temperature it should turn off at. Pretty smart, huh?

Triple-glazed windows

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Last but not least, triple glazed windows might seem pricey and unnecessary, but they’re really not. In fact, they could just be one of the best investments you ever make. Admittedly, for most people double glazing is sufficient. However, if you’re thinking of updating your windows, it makes sense to opt for the very best option. Compared to double glazed windows, triple glazed ones are even more energy-efficient. They are more effective at keeping heat in and cold air out, and also offer more protection from outside noise. So are definitely an investment to consider making.

Want to save yourself money in the long-run? The above investments can help you to do that. It’s just a case of choosing the ones that are the best fit for you, your family, and your home.

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