How to save money whilst using your electrical appliances

With prices of pretty much all our household bills rising it’s important to consider where we can be saving energy and money. If your appliances are fairly new they should have energy efficiency ratings on them. When purchasing new appliances you should always opt for the most energy efficient ones as these will save you money in the long run.

Many appliance that use a lot of energy like a washing machine, dish washer or tumble dryer usually have an eco setting. Often people avoid these as it takes the appliance longer to run a cycle. This setting does however save energy, therefore money. In the case of a washing machine and dishwasher this setting uses less water and washes at a lower temperature saving lots of energy.

Lots of people wash their clothes at 40 degrees however most of the washing detergent companies state that their products work just as well washing at 30 degrees. By turning your washing machine down from 40 to 30 degrees you could be saving as much as 40% ...
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Appliance insurance for peace of mind

Our homes are full of appliances that we use to make our lives easier. Some are large such as washing machines and dishwashers, others either sit on the counter such as kettles and toasters or live in a cupboard and are reached out when needed such as mixers and electric knives. When we buy these appliances nine times out of ten we will be offered the opportunity to take out insurance in case the appliance breaks down but is it worth taking out this insurance or do we just end up paying more for your goods?

All new appliances have a twelve month guarantee from new which covers breakdowns so as long as you have been careful to only use your appliance as instructed you will be able to get a new one or a repair free of charge should anything go wrong. Some larger appliances have a two year manufacturer’s warranty or even five years and all it takes is for the owner to register the warranty with the manufacturer. This will usually cover major breakdowns and so the appliances are c...
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Which headphones should I choose?

When looking to buy headphones it is a good idea to think carefully about the purposes of them for you specifically, for instance do you use them to listen to music and audio books while you are exercising or relaxing, are they used for gaming or are they used so that you can listen to something without disturbing other family members who may be in the room at the same time? The answers to these questions will on the whole determine which type of headphones will be best for you.

There are two main types of headphone in-ear ones and over-ear ones with each having advantages and disadvantages. In ear headphones or earbuds as they are commonly known are ideal if you want headphones that are not obviously visible. They are also lightweight which makes them a good option when exercising. They are connected to your smartphone by Bluetooth and can also be used to answer calls. A disadvantage with in-ear models is that they may become uncomfortable to wear if they are used for long peri...
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The best Christmas lights for your house

During December many of us spend time and money buying and putting up Christmas lights outside our homes. Some people, it seems, use this opportunity to erect as many different types of lights and animated figures at the front of their house as possible leading to a bright and riotous display whilst others may go for a more subtle display. Whatever your preference is you will need to think about buying any new lights early on otherwise many retailers sell out of the more popular types and even online it is difficult to get them delivered before Christmas.

Sorting out the electrical connections for the outdoor lights can be a problem especially if there are a lot of lights. Outdoor electrical sockets are the safest way to power the lights and a good electrician will be able to provide a quote for installing these. It is important to only use outdoor lights and not those recommended for indoor use only as this can be a safety issue.

Some people decide to opt for solar powered l...
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What to look for when choosing a microwave

Kitchen appliances can make our day to day life so much easier. There may be a number of appliances that you use often such as a kettle, toaster and microwave.

A microwave is a common appliance in many households. It can be handy to quickly warm up a dinner later in the evening, heat through veg or beans or even to bake a cake. The best microwaves make light work of heating and defrosting, and you can rely on them to cook and thaw food properly. You can even pick up a microwave oven that can help cook food that usually would need to be done in a conventional oven.

You may assume that the best microwaves will be the most expensive but this is not always the case. When looking to buy a new microwave you need to check a few features. The higher the kilowatt rating is the quicker it will be to cook, or warm food. To truly find out which microwave is best for you, you need to do your research and read plenty of reviews. Sometimes the ones with all the bells and whistle aren’t th...
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