Do you have electrical gadgets you do not use?

Many of us are guilty of buying new electrical gadgets that we only use once and then store away in a cupboard. It is easy to get swept away with marketing and buy gadgets because they are sold in such a way that makes us think that we need them. For example, you may go to your local supermarket and find an egg cooker that will cook boiled eggs in under 10 minutes. You may think that this is useful and instantly put one in your trolley, but will it really save you that much time or be a lot easier than boiling a pan of water?

Most gadgets are designed to save time, money, hassle or mess. Some gadgets are sold that they will do all of these things. Gadgets for the kitchen are often the thing that most people say they have too many of. If you have not used a gadget for a number of months, you may not really need it. Rather than just putting it in the bin why not try and sell it and recoup some of your money back. You may wish to donate your electrical goods to a charity shop but n...
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Choosing a new hair dryer

Choosing a new hair dryer can sometimes be hard work. It may be an electrical appliance that you use most days so you need it to be good, but you don’t get the opportunity to try them out in the shops. All you have to go off is the specification on the box and although two dryers can seem to be the same, they may well perform totally differently.

You also need to think about the accessories that come with it. Most hair dryers come with a directional nozzle, but not all so it is important to check. If you want a diffuser too, then again double check before buying as it is often not included with all hair dryers as standard.

Some hair dryers have loads of extras such as brushes, hair bands, clips and even a hard case or bag. It is always worth looking out for these sorts of deals as often you can save a lot of money compared to if you would of had to buy it all separately.

Some places will allow you to return electrical items if you are not satisfied with it. But it may be...
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Is it ok to give electrical goods as a Christmas present?

With Christmas only a couple of weeks away many people are doing their last minute buys in preparation for the big day. When it comes to choosing gifts for someone, you may struggle to know what to buy them. Some people just want presents that they need which may appear a little boring to others while others may not care what they have as long as it is a surprise. When it comes to electrical goods, again people have mixed reviews. Some people do not want to receive technology such as tablets, music systems or kitchen electrical good such as coffee makers and blenders, whereas others don’t mind at all and actually welcome something that is going to be useful. It is important to try and gauge the opinion of the person you are buying for. If your budget allows you could always buy one electrical item and then a different item too so they have the best of both worlds. Often hair dryers, straighteners and phones are a quite welcomed gift in many households. IF you are buying anything ...
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Should we be scared of the listening devices in our living rooms?

More and more people are getting home listening devices in their homes such as Google nest and Amazon Alexa as they try to embrace new technology and make their lives easier in some ways. There has been however some debate about the wisdom of having a device in the home that could potentially be listening to conversations and tracking an individual’s internet searches and targeting marketing to these individuals as a result of this.

It is without doubt that we live in a world where our privacy is compromised continually as companies sell on our details to the highest bidder. Targeted advertising has become commonplace on our mobile devices so it would be very difficult to avoid this but the listening devices in our homes take this a step further as a recent development indicates that Alexa will be able to predict our next response from a question posed. For example, if we ask for the opening times of an attraction in a certain location the device will ask whether we want to kn...
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Is electric heating a good choice for the modern home?

When you are deciding on the main type of heating you will have in your home there are basically four options, gas, oil, solid fuel or electric. More recently there is also the greener option of solar panels and ground or air source heat pumps however these on their own are unlikely to provide all the energy needs for a home.

Energy provided by gas either mains or bottled has been a popular choice for many homeowners partly because mains gas has always been a cheaper option. Many people prefer to cook with gas appliances and find the ability to control gas hob rings better than electric. Gas boilers can provide heating for several radiators and provide instant hot water.

Oil used to be an expensive fuel to use for a household’s energy needs but more recently it has become cheaper as the global price of oil has fallen. It has benefits similar to gas except that an alternative cooking fuel source is needed.

In more recent times there has been much debate about the pollutio...
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