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How do I dispose of my outdated electronics?

Disposing of old electronic equipment is an increasing problem for many households as many items fall into the category of electronics including alarm clocks; CD/DVD players and game consoles; small kitchen appliances such as kettles, toasters and blenders; personal grooming products like hairdryers, straighteners, electric toothbrushes and shavers; garden tools such as lawnmowers and shredders; other items such as lamps, torches, vacuum cleaners, phones, radios, TVs, printers, cameras and smoke alarms. Some local authorities collect small electrical items as part of their kerbside collection, otherwise you can recycle these and larger items at selected retailers and at Household Waste Recycling Centres.

It is easy to check if an electrical item, toy or game is recyclable if it has reached the end of its working life. Some will have a sticker saying not recyclable but if not then advice can be sought from your local recycling centre.

When recycling computers and phones it is important to delete any personal information that may be held on the device by doing a factory reset if the appliance is working or by removing the hard drive and destroying it.

If you have an electrical item that is still in good working condition, you could consider selling it, passing it on to someone else or donating it – some charity shops accept working electrical items for resale.

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Taking appliances with you when camping

If you are going camping then you need to decide what sort of holiday you want it to be. Some people enjoy camping going back to basics. They won’t opt for electric hook up and do all their cooking on a little gas ring or bbq. For others, they still want some of the mod cons when camping and so they take appliances with them that make certain tasks easier. If you have electric hook up you may decide to take a mini fridge or electric cool box with you. This will enable you to store basic food and milk and not Have to worry about going to the shop every day.

You may also take a kettle and toaster with you as this will be much quicker than having to boil water on a stove or toast on a gas grill.

Often many people restrict what they take purely due to the space they have. If you have plenty of space, for example take two vehicles then you may be tempted to take your whole kitchen with you, but sometimes it is important to remember that parts of camping are sometimes more enjoyable when you have to do things a little slower paced.

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What is the best sort of fan you should get for your home?

With the UK now in a heatwave, many of us have been up the attic or in to our garages to bring out the fans. There are a huge range of different types of fans on the market now ranging drastically in price.

The standard pedestal fans cost around £15-£50 each and tend to give off a good blast of air. You can often opt for one that can be tilted, height adjusted and also set to rotate. These fans do often require quite a bit of space, especially floor space as they tend to have a large base to ensure they stand up on their own.

Tower fans are a great choice -these are a relatively new design and are extremely popular. They can cost around the same as a pedestal fan but often cost a little bit more. They will also oscillate and you can usually change the speed settings of the fan.

you can get USB desk top fans which are ideal if you have limited space in a bedroom for example. The only issue with these are they do tend to be quite loud and sometimes a little unreliable. If putting in a child’s bedroom be sure to turn them off when you go to bed and don’t put them too close to where they are sleeping.  

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Are coffee pod machines really worth it?

Coffee pod machines have been around for some time now and the cost to buy one seems to be forever dropping. There are a number of different manufacturers that make coffee pod machines such as De’longhi and Tassimo. They all have different features and many of them use different pods. The cost of the machines varies from around £35 upwards of £200 depending on the make and model but often the expense with these machines is not the initial cost.

Although you can be spoilt for choice when it comes to your choice of pod, from coffee to hot chocolate, the pods themselves can work out very costly. You will often pick up a pack of coffee pods for around £4 for 8. That works out at around fifty pence per coffee which is a lot more expensive than instant or coffee beans. With some you also need to buy the milk pods which again all add to the cost. Although these c=machines will produce a nice tasting coffee, you may be better to save your money and invest in a great coffee bean machine with a milk frothier, as even though they are a lot more to buy, will not cost nearly as much to run.

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What are your options when it comes to slushy makers?

Often children and many adults love slushies or ice drinks. You see them all the time at fairgrounds, parks and cinemas or soft play but can you have them at home? Slush Puppy, the brand that created the Slush, do sell their own machines. You can buy the industrial ones but they cost a lot upfront and to run or you can buy a smaller one that allows for just one flavour for around £40 – £50. These can be great for a party but as they need to be ran all the time, they are not very good for having on throughout a normal day.

There are some other machines that work in a similar way and they still make the snow cone maker machine that comes in the form of a snowman or a penguin. These machines look fun but are actually really impractical and hard to turn. The handle often ends up breaking off before you have had much use out of them.

An automatic ice shaver or grater is the perfect option. It is easy to use, you only turn it on when you need to use it and you can add your flavours afterwards. You can also use them to make cocktails so this doesn’t just have to be a kids toy. They come in around the £35 – £60 range so not far off the same price as a slush puppy maker.

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