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Posted by on Mar 12, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Home Technology To Cut Your Electric Bills

In your never-ending quest to cut your electric bills, you’ve tried to make sure to turn off lights when you leave a room, keep your device chargers unplugged when not in use, and keep your air conditioner turned up to a less-than-cool temperature. Still, your bills seem too high. Fortunately, you can purchase a few affordable tech gadgets to save more money.

Plug-In Switches for Apps

When you purchase these switches, you are able to monitor whatever appliance is plugged into the outlet with your smartphone and home WiFi. So, if you have a lamp plugged into one, you can monitor whether it is on or off and how much energy it is using at any time. You can also program your device to turn on and off at certain times each day. For instance, if you are working late, you can turn on the lights or the air minutes before you get home. 

Charging Stations

Charging stations help eliminate the power waste that occurs when devices are plugged in but are not turned on. Statistics show that up to 8% of your home’s electrical usage comes from these so-called  “phantom leaks.” These stations either automatically turn off when the devices, such as your phone or tablet, are fully charged or turn off after a specified period of time. Using these devices lowers your energy usage and makes your life more convenient at the same time. 

Occupant Sensing Light Switch

When you were growing up, you may have heard your parents continually say, “Turn off the lights when you leave a room.” Now that you are the adult, you may hear yourself say the same thing to no avail. Instead of getting angry, consider purchasing these light switches that can actually sense when someone enters the room or leaves it. That way, you can stop worrying if your children are leaving the lights on all day and night, a practice that really adds to your electric bill. 

Purchasing some of the new technical gadgets on the market can make your electrical bill less of a shock. You are no longer at the mercy of your memory when it comes to managing your electrical devices. If you forget to turn off the lights or unplug your phone, you can count on these tech breakthroughs to do the job for you. You will have to make an initial financial investment, but most of these devices are reasonably priced and offer you significant savings. For more information or ideas, consider contacting companies like Meserve Electric.

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Posted by on Mar 6, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Tips On Turning Your Family Room Into An Entertainment Center

Do you remember the days when going to the movies was so cheap that you’d go almost every week? Popcorn and a soda didn’t cost that much, either. Things have definitely changed, and now more and more families are turning to their homes for their entertainment purposes. Besides the fact that watching movies at home is less expensive than going to a movie theater, there’s just something very special in centering your entertainment at home. If you’re turning your family room into an entertainment center, here are some ideas that might help you to create something unique and fun.

The Furniture – Buy chairs and a sofa that recline and that have a compartment for drinks and snack trays. Measure your largest wall and buy shelves that will cover that entire area. By doing that you’ll have enough room for a large-screen television set and for a turn table. By shelves that have space for your collection of DVDs, CDs, games and vinyl records. In addition, select shelving that has enough space on which you can place rolled up lap quilts or blankets that can be used for snuggling up for a movie or television watching. If you have enough space, include a billiard table that can also be used as a ping pong table.

The Equipment – If you’re focused on watching movies and your favorite television shows, invest in a big-screen television set. Also, buy a turntable, also known as a record player, so you can introduce your kids to all different types of music. Install an excellent sound system that will make you feel like you’re right inside a movie theater. If you’re handy with electronics, you can install everything in a day or two. If you’re not comfortable doing the job yourself, professionals such as The Good Guys can do your home theater installation in less than a day.

The Decor – Buy posters of classic movies and frame photographs of famous entertainers. Include movie stars, music legends and television stars. Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Elvis Presley, Pat Boone, Lucille Ball, Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke and Johnny Carson are among classic stars that will add interest to your home theater decor. Another idea is to add fun signs with words like, Feel Free To Put Your Feet On The Furniture, Sit And Stay Awhile and The Movie’s On Us. 

Have a book ready for your guests to sign. It will be a lot of fun to look back later and see how many friends and family members have enjoyed being entertained right in your own home.

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