Smart Home? Now a Reality? Or Still Fiction? – Locksmith Chimes in Their Opinion!

Technology is an amazing thing. 20 years ago CD players were all the rage and in your pocket. You had to carry CDs in your backpack. These days for a few hundred dollars you can deck out your home and digitalize your life with some of these simple smart hacks. The computer (phone) in your pocket is 1000s of times more powerful than the first rocket had that went into space.

Keyless Entry

Do you think that your iPhone is the only thing that can be unlocked with a fingerprint? Think again! You can actually pick up a Smart Lock for your home and have it installed for a few hundred dollars. And this way you can use your fingerprint to unlock your home. It might not be very realistic to put this type of Smart Lock on every single door into your house but at least three main entry to your home would be worth a shot.

There are so many different types of smart locks you can have installed. If you are not a fan of carrying around a digital chip because the whole point of this would be to not have to carry a key then there are also apps on phone that allow you to unlock a door. Or you can also just get one of those locks on your home that simply has a code that gets punched in. That way you don’t even have to be digital but you also don’t have to carry a key!

We spoke to Phil of Abacus Locksmiths. He runs a Bournemouth locksmith service . He said his work for smart locks is really starting to pick up. In 2017 he said he fitted about 25 smart locks. For a small companies like his that is a lot. To date in 2018 he said he’s already done 45 smart lock installs. So smart lock popularity is on the rise in the UK. The same trend is taking place in USA. Check Abacus out on Twitter if you like.

Heating and Cooling

Did you know that you can connect your heating and cooling system to Wi-Fi?

There are different models of thermostats out there that connect to the Wi-Fi and then Connect into a smart app. So let’s say you were outside on a hot day and you live in a hot part of the country. You can then get on your phone 20 minutes before you get home and turn the air conditioning on.

Or if it’s the middle of winter. Just get on your phone, pull up the app, and set the temperature to what you want to change it to. So simple right? It will be nice and warm at home.

Smart Plugs

Do you know what a smart plug is? If not it’s quite simple. It’s simply a plug that plugs into the wall socket before you plug a device. That plug is then controlled by Wi-Fi. So you can can get on your phone connecting to the app and turn on or turn off whatever you want. So you could literally be in bed and turn on the light in the bathroom and control it.

Or let’s say you’re on holidays. You can turn the lights on in your home and then turn them off. If people have been scoping the neighborhood to break into your house and they see lights going on and off every night at different times they are going to think someone is in that property. This is much better than the old days of just hoping when you went and holiday someone didn’t break into your house.

Get Paid to Get Fit? Yes! It’s Possible!

Fitness and money. When you think about this combination you normally think about the elite right? The pro athletes getting paid millions.

Well today we are going to present to you with something you may have never thought about but it’s almost the ultimate solution to fitness and weight loss. Imagine you had a friend or maybe this could work for you. And that person want to drop weight but hated going to the gym. Have you ever through about swapping jobs into something more physically intensive?

Think about it for a moment. What is it that you do at the gym? You pretty much go to the gym specifically to do something intense for a set period of time right? And when is the last time you saw a physically unfit carpet cleaning professional. Or an unfit removalist. Or how about an unfit bike courier? You don’t see that as the are always fit!

So lets explore a few of these options. And don’t take our word for it. Take the word of the business owners we have been in touch with who have seen transformations take place with their staff.

A Moving Company Job for Fitness?

Lets start with removal work. Lucas of We Move and Clean is based out of Swindon in the UK. This part of the UK is well known for comfort food. After we spoke to him he basically told us that he has someone in the office ask him if they could get on the road and start helping with house removals around Swindon. Their reason was simple. They wanted to get fit. And they figured why not get active all day long with moving peoples homes. That way there is no gym and the dramatic shock to the body from office worker to being on your feet every day will surly working shocking the body to drop the weight.

Well you know what, it worked! Lucas told us that over the next six months his staff member lost about a third of their body weight and looks fantastic. The change that took place is summed up with getting on your feet and moving furniture all day as a job. And getting out all the bad stuff over time so the diet is cleaned up.

As simple as that!

Bike Courier – Pedal for Fitness!

This is our own addition and a fairly obvious one.

Imagine for a moment you are in the office or day or any kind of indoor work. And all of a sudden your peddling your bike for 6 hours a day. Do you think you will get fit? Do you think there is the slightest chance at all they you will no start to shirk?

It’s not possible to stay at the same weight! Unless you biked all day and went home to drink six beers and ate burgers all day. But that wouldn’t work as you’d fell to bloated and wouldn’t be able to to you bike courier job at all!

Carpet Cleaning for Fitness

The last one is carpet cleaning. Have you ever had your carpet professionally cleaned? Have you seen the heavy equipment that has to be dragged around a house or a business? Have you seen how much pushing and pulling takes place to get the job done right? It’s not an intensive job like a building dealing with brick laying but it’s intense enough for a transformation to take place.

Just ask Paul of Clean Victoria. He has been running a successful Newcastle carpet cleaning service for the better part of a few years. When he started his business he told us that he was not in the best shape and over the next few months things changed dramatically. He told us that he never had a bad diet and was not that big in the first place but what he did do was eat to much comfort food on the weekend and drank a lot. So over the first few moths of starting his carpet cleaning business he cleaning cleaning up his diet a little bit but still enjoyed himself on the weekends.

And the end result was that he dropped about 15kg in about 5 months. Just by doing his job and cleaning up his diet.

So at the end of the day you don’t have to have a gym membership and spend hours in the gym if you don’t like that kind of thing. The point of this article is really that you need to get active.  Being active and more so being “human” and doing what the human body was designed to do, move, is what helps you get fit again.

Fighting off Varicose Veins!

Do you have varicose veins? If so lets get that taken care of with our first article in our new skin care series.

Varicose veins are something generally happens later in life for women. But don’t be fooled it’s quite possible even men to get them even when the are in theirs twenties.

So you have varicose veins? What are you going to do about it. Here are four tips that will help you fight them!

  1. Compression Stockings – Compression stocking can be used of fight off varicose veins in your legs. The theory behind it is quite simple that the ‘compression’ of the stocks or stocking promotes blood flow in your legs and varicose veins is based on the fact that your body is not circulating blood properly. So getting some compression socks can be a starting point that is very cheap before moving into other methods.
  2. Get Active! – Remember what we mentioned above about poor blood circulation. Well what does exercise do? If promotes better blood flow and circulation in your body right. The better your blood flows the faster you will start to reduce your varicose veins. Now we are not at all saying become a gym junkie who lives and breathes weight training. But rather just become active. Go for a walk after work or if you live close to the beach go for a swim.Just get ‘naturally’ active.
  3. Avoid Long Periods Sitting or Standing – Once again this come down to circulation. If you stand all day in a job like working on the checkout you’re not doing yourself any favors to fix your varicose veins. Or if you sit all day working in an office then set a timer that reminds you to get up and stretch or just walk up and down the office hallway for at least 90 seconds. This will get you blood flowing once again and it’s also proven that moving naturally like this will wake you up much more effectively that drinking another cup of coffee.
  4. If All Else Fails Use a Varicose Vein Cream – A good resources to follow is Healthy Skin Lab. It’s run by Gloria. Gloria covers various skin issues she’s managed to cure with different methods but she started Healthy Skin Lab with her thoughts on fixing varicose veins once and for all.  Gloria makes several recommendation on how to go about dealing with varicose veins from natural remedies to a special type of varicose vein cream and even some medical options. We can’t recommend Healthy Skin Lab enough when it comes to getting the best information to fix your varicose vein issues.

That is it! Stay tuned for our next article that will deal with another common skin issue that can easily be fixed!