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Monday, 22 June 2020

How To Live A More Energy Efficient Life

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We all look for ways to be more energy efficient and save money in our daily lives, which can include making changes to how we use and buy things. But, it’s also worth taking a closer look at how we get the energy that we’re using in the first place. Many of us are already aware of the reasons that we should be reducing our energy use in our lives, but what are the steps we can take towards actually getting it done?

Field of sunflowers with a wind turbine in the background

Change how your home gets energy
A great way of trying to being more efficient is changing how your home gets it's energy. Thankfully, the technology that allows us to rely more (or even entirely) on renewable energy is consistently becoming more and more affordable. Providers like WDS Green Energy can install geothermal heat pumps that can use the constant temperature within the earth to heat both the home and the water and can even power cooling appliances. For those in particularly sunny areas of the world, solar panels to  are another great way to supplement your energy use, or even entirely replace it. Furthermore, if you are able to collect enough energy through your solar panels, you can sell the energy back to the grid, which is known as net metering.

Change how you fuel your car
Aside from the home, the one asset in our life that uses the most fossil fuels is undoubtedly going to be the vehicle that we drive. For decades, now, car manufacturers have been pushing towards hybrid vehicles that use both electric and the usual fuel power, as well as fully electric vehicles such as the Audi e-tron that uses only battery power to keep going. This technology is becoming both more affordable and more practical, losing less of the convenience associated with traditional vehicles. It’s important to look at whether you have any recharging stations available nearby, however, especially if you have to worry about your morning commute. To many, however, electric cars are now convenient enough to fully replace their gas-guzzling counterparts.

Change how you use your energy
As much as you can reduce your energy or where you get it from, there's still a need to actually use it and realistically many of us can't go without it completely. So, it's important to look at the little ways to make your home more energy-efficient too. This can include turning off lights when you leave a room and making sure you’re not leaving any appliances plugged in and turned on, even in standby mode which still consumes power. When the time comes to change energy appliances change to ones that have high energy efficiency ratings, look at replacing your lightbulbs with LED replacements, and try to consume products ethically, purchasing goods that are manufactured with recycled materials, or can be otherwise reused or recycled.

Depending on your budget and costs, it’s not always easy to cut your reliance on energy and fossil fuels by any means. For many of us, it’s impossible to live a modern life without it playing some role. 

Hopefully, though these tips can help you live a more energy efficient life and help you save a little money in the long run too!!

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Monday, 27 April 2020

A 14 Things To Consider When Adding Extension To Your Home

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Regular readers will know I love a bit of DIY. A couple of years ago we made some changes to our home and, like many, the constant of being indoors lately has left me wandering around the house, wondering what we can change.

The next thing would be an extension but I'm currently unsure if that would work with our home set up, layout and outdoor space, but I know from research and those that have already have extensions that there's a lot to do and a lot to decide on when extending your house

So, I've stuck it all together and here's...........14 things to consider when adding an extension to your home.

A house with a large driveway and garage

Monday, 20 April 2020

Wondering If You'll Get A Holiday This Year? A Family Road Trip Might Be The Perfect Alternative!

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Right now, we're all stuck inside for the foreseeable future, mostly on reduced incomes and tight budgets. So, if the chance for a holiday does arise, what can we do? 

A road trip is a great low cost idea for a family holiday, and it’s the perfect way to explore a new country. You could even stay at home and take a road trip around some nearby spots that you haven’t visited before. When you are driving instead of flying, you get to see so much more of the country and discover exciting new places along the way, so it’s perfect for adventurous families that want a different travel experience. It also means that you don’t have to deal with flying with kids, which can be very stressful. 

Planning and preparation are key if you want your road trip to run smoothly. If you are planning a family road trip, here are a few important things to remember. 

Toy metal car with a lego man in the driving seat and a lego woman loading suitcases into the boot

Friday, 10 April 2020

Battle Fun With Bakugan!


Our son JJ has been a big fan of Bakugan since he first started watching the TV show on Netflix last year. The anime series centres around a group of biomechanical creatures called Bakugans and their human friends and battle brawlers.

As with all successful TV shows, toys are sure to follow!! A few months ago JJ saved up his money to buy a Bakugan and he's been desperate to get more ever since! So, when Spin Master gave us the chance to try more of the range we were super excited!!!

Picture of the Bakugan transforming toy and the cards that come with it

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Dancing It Up With 44 Cats!!!

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We love a bit of a boogie in our house. Getting ready in the mornings, cooking dinner or just a dance round the kitchen, you will often find one of us playing music!! We all have a massively varied taste, as individuals and as a family.

But this can be a little bit of an issue! With massively varied playlists you have to be considerate of having a child in the house and make sure you pick the kid friendly tracks. Being home more over the last few weeks we've definitely being playing more music and we've found that sometimes our playlist, even the kids friendly ones can go off and start playing our favourite songs, which aren't always suitable for little ears. Especially when you really listen to the lyrics!!! 

So, we're filling our playlists with more kid friendly music!!

44 Cats posing with there instruments

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Getting Crafty This Easter With Baker Ross


Easter is right around the corner and with lots of plans on hold for everything and anything right now, it's likely that your Easter break, and the foreseeable future, will be spent inside. 

Recently, Baker Ross gifted us a fantastic big box of Easter craft supplies! It was full to the brim of so many different crafts to do this Easter. 

Two easter cards coloured in by a child and two hanging easter decorations