The Hottest Gadgets You Must Own

Verbatim 500 GB Portable Hard Drive

The Verbatim Portable Hard Drive safely stores your important documents, pictures, videos and music from your PC or Laptop. The Verbatim Portable Hard Drive is easy to carry around and has 500 GB built in capacity and is also available in four colours.




This fun gadget is easy to use. To record your message, you simply press record and start talking. The message light will indicate to whomever you left the message for, that a message has been left. The Digital Video Memo has a 1.5 inch LCD video screen, a built in speaker, and you can charge the gadget via USB.



Optoma GT 100 Mini Projector


The Optoma Mini Projector allows you to watch DVDs, play video games and share photos on a large scale. The projector shows images up to 75 inches, has a 1.5w built in speaker, and is also portable making it ideal for travel.




Richo PX Digital Cam


The Richo PX Digital Camera is waterproof, dustproof and shockproof and is designed for outdoor use making it ideal for adventures. This unique camera has 5X optical zoom, 2.7 inch display and is available in lime green, silver and black.



Acer A500 Tablet


The Acer A500 10.1 inch LCD touch screen tablet allows you to experience the web, email, photos, videos, games, social networks and many more. The Acer A500 Tablet has a built in HD front and rear camera’s, micro SD card slot, bluetooth and wireless features and the battery life can last up to five hours.













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20 Tips for Green Living and Saving Money



1.Switch off electrical items such as televisions, kettles, toasters, games consoles and DVD players at the wall rather than leaving them on standby.

2.If you haven’t done so already switch to low energy light bulbs.

3.Use the timer in your boiler so that your heating is only on when you need it. You can also save money by turning your heating off altogether and wearing more layers. If you do need your heating on, a constant low heat rather than a high heat is more energy efficient.

4.When making hot drinks only boil the kettle with only enough water for the cup of tea that you’re making. This means the kettle isn’t working as hard and that it boils quicker.

5.To save energy and money switch off your computer monitor when you pop away from the PC. As long as you’ve saved your work, it’ll still be as you left it when you come back.

6.Switch your washing machine to 30 degrees instead of 40 degrees to save energy and lower your energy bill.

7.One that is a bit more risqué is to only flush your toilet on a number two and not number ones. It saves water and money, but may be best if you live alone.

Paper & Plastic

8. With all the mail that we get both at home and in the office we could make use of the envelopes and re-use them. Simply remove or cover over the original stamp and make and address label out of some scrap paper to stick on to the envelope.

9.Make use of paper that has been printed wrongly or junk mail that is only printed on one side. These can be stapled together and used as a note pad.



10. Now that some stores have started to charge for plastic bags, use cloth bags instead when shopping. They look great and can cost from 50p to £1. For reward points at certain stores give plastic bags back on your next shop.

11.Buy fruit and vegetables that are in season. This means they have less air miles and are cheaper then more exotic options.

12.Buy products with less packaging. Loose fruit and vegetables are often cheaper than the ones in packages.

13.For people who buy lunch at work check if your local sandwich bar or deli accepts returns of plastic food containers. Some shops may give discounts based on this – after    all you’re saving them money.

14. Make use of the contents of your kitchen cupboards to make your own beauty products. This reduces the amount of packaging you’re throwing away and is a cheap,      natural alternative to shop brought products. Mix olive oil, almond oil and honey make a fantastic hot oil treatment blend oatmeal, honey and yogurt to make a fantastic facemask. Do some research online for more ideas on homemade shampoos, conditioners and moisturisers.

Life Style

15. Cutting down on the amount of meat you eat is not only cheaper and healthier but with the destruction of the South American rainforests to grow the soy that feeds the livestock, you’d be doing the planet a favour too.

16. Walk, cycle or use public transport rather than the car. With MOT, insurance, road tax, petrol, servicing and maintenance, cars are an expensive game. If you must drive, use a service like StreetCar, which works as a pay as you go car hire service. Driving without the commitment and cost!

17.When driving, pay attention to your speed and the gear that you’re in. Driving in the right gear and avoiding harsh breaking will save you petrol.

18.Stay-cationing is the new way to holiday. More and more people are choosing to holiday at home rather than abroad in order to save money and play their part in reducing the environmental impact of flying. If you want to holiday abroad, travelling by train, boat or ferry can add to the sense of excitement.

19.Mothers with babies may want to look into using reusable nappies instead of disposable ones, which end up on landfills and adds to waste. It means that you’ll be doing more washing but the benefit on your pocket and the environment outweighs the extra effort. Biodegrable nappies are also available on the market.

20.Ladies, look into using mooncups for your monthly cycle. They are the chemical free alternative to sanitary towels, most of which contain bleach and fibres, which can enter your body. They are washable and be reused, thus saving your money on sanitary  towels, which like nappies are not biodegradable and end up on landfill sites.


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Energy Efficient Ways To Save Those Pennies

With the cost of living increasing on a daily basis, it is becoming even harder for people to generate enough money to have a sufficient amount that they can even attempt to call ‘savings’.  People automatically assume to try and save money involves limiting expensive splurges, switching energy providers or reducing the quantity of petrol they use.  All of which are essential ways to cut your outgoings. Here are some small, but effective steps to save on your energy consumption.

Standbythis is a lazy person’s method of believing that you have turned off your appliances.  Whereas, in reality you are still burning electricity in order for that little light to still be on!! OK, I do understand the convenience of it, as I am guilty of this crime too.  Just before going to bed, check if you have switched everything completely off.


Energy-saving light bulbs– previously if you wanted to use this type of lighting, you would typically have to wait a few minutes until it fully became bright enough for you to even see anything.  Additionally, they were really odd shapes that would be a real eye sore in anyone’s room.  With the advances in technology, now they emit immediate brightness and come in different sizes/shapes.  In my house I have tons of spot lights and use to feel like I was committing a sin each time I turned on the light when I use to use the old, conventional light bulbs.

Insulation– it is all well and good trying to warm up your house, especially during the winter months, but if your home is not properly insulated, it will be unable to retain the heat. Try to ensure all gaps and cracks are sealed. On the contrary, this is also imperative in trying to keep your household cool during the hotter seasons.

Thermostatsome people perhaps has never even heard of a thermostat before.  This little device controls the temperature of your household, whereas others never even adjust the temperature throughout the whole year.  Yet, by just turning it down by 1 Celsius, you could potentially save 10 per cent on your heating bill.

Household applianceswhen purchasing items like fridges and washing machines ensure you take a look at the energy efficient rating, which is usually labelled on the appliance. The higher the grade, the less energy it will use and more energy efficient it is. Obviously they are more expensive than the lower grade ones, but the overall savings you will make, will benefit you in the future.


Gardeners– I am an avid gardener. I would say it is a passion of mine, but the amount of water you need to guarantee that your flowers and plants flourish can really take a toll on your water bill.  It is wise to invest in installing a water butt in your garden, so you can collect and use rain water instead.

Double glazingmany think that all households in the UK have double glazing, which is really not the case.  Many would argue that the main thing is that you have windows. However, studies have shown that by fitting double glazing reduces the amount of heat lost by 50%.

There are countless energy savings steps that you can do, some big and some on a smaller scale. Either way, there are huge potential savings to be had whilst also helping the environment.Yet, there are some steps you can implement in your day to day life to curb your spending.  Finding ways to cut the energy you consume is a sure method to slash your monthly costs, plus it seems to be the in-thing nowadays to be eco-friendly!!



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