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Charging your electric car at home

Do you already own an electric car, or perhaps considering buying one? Remember to also think about the charging of the car. Many people assume you can charge a car just by plugging a simple cable into a simple power socket. While they are correct, this method has serious disadvantages, including the time it will take to fully charge the car’s battery.

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Cameras, plenty of good reasons to install them

These days, cameras are being used more often. It seems as if everyone has a smartphone and is using it to take pictures. A selfie is immediately shared with the wide world through various social media. The car’s dashboard camera is another example of the widespread use of cameras. We also use the built-in camera of our tablet or laptop, or the USB camera on our desktop computer for video-chatting or Internet telephony. 

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Automate your manual shutters

Many homes and apartments are equipped with shutters. But this is not just for protection against burglars; they also keep the sun out in the summer and ensure your privacy whenever you desire. In most cases, shutters are manually controlled. Every morning and every evening, each individual shutter has to be pulled up or down. However, it can easily be eliminated with automated shutters.

Continue to take the stairs

As we age or suffer medical disabilities, it is quite common for stairs to become a problem. One solution is to move to a ground-floor flat, but this is not always possible.  A cheaper alternative can be found in providing a stair lift. This means that the resident can continue to use not just the stairs, but the entire home as well.

The “I can see you, you can’t see me” game

Why do we use curtains in our homes? In this pitchbook article we don’t just look at the function of curtains in our home, but also at the way in which we can control them electronically.

Window and door contacts in your home

You have probably noticed it when you stayed in hotel rooms: as soon as you open the room window because you want to let a little air into the room, the heating stops. When you close the window, the heating starts up again. This is a deliberate choice on the part of the hotel management to prevent wasting energy. The technology used here is window contacts. You can install these same devices in your home as well, or they may have already been installed for the burglar alarm system. Let’s take a look at the possibilities.

New course on heat and energy

The NSBRC has a brand new course on Heat & Energy, produced specifically for Self Builders and Renovators. It considers the latest options in Heat & Energy sources - exploring both renewable and conventional systems.

Renovating with trunking and installation ducts

Smaller renovations and extensions to the electrical installation in existing homes are not always easily and aesthetically accomplished. Grinding or cutting into walls to install additional wiring and cables is usually out of the question because wallpaper, painted walls, panelling, floors and ceilings may not be damaged. The solution to this problem is the use of so-called trunking systems and installation ducts.

Choosing a plumbing engineer

Customers prefer to source a tradesperson through word-of-mouth recommendations rather than by responding to online advertising, according to research by WaterSafe.