Review: Dyson Supersonic

Review: Dyson Supersonic

Introduction and Design

Primarily known for products that suck – calm down, we’re talking about vacuums – Dyson has also proven adept at machines that blow, too (hey now, what did we say earlier?), having refined its jet technology on its Airblade hand dryers and Hot + Cool fans.

Now, the airflow innovator has opened itself up to a completely different market, engineering and creating what it claims is one of the most technologically-advanced beauty products ever, with its new Dyson Supersonic hair dryer.

While it’s undeniably one of the most impressive hair dryers we’ve ever seen, the Dyson Supersonic doesn’t come cheap – the high-end device comes with a high-end price, and is only available in Australia on the Dyson website, and at Myer and David Jones stores for AU$699.

In the United Kingdom, the Dyson Supersonic is priced at £300 and is available on the UK Dyson site and at Selfridges.

So the real question is whether or not the added technological fanciness afforded by the Supersonic justifies its hefty price tag.

Dyson Supersonic


Though hair dryers have been around since the late 19th century, consumer models haven’t really changed much since then. In fact, it’s been over 60 years since the last significant evolution in hair dryer design, and that involved putting the motor inside the casing.

In typical handheld hair dryers, a bulky motor sits in the head of the device. This makes them awkwardly top heavy, and the motors themselves have a tendency to be loud, often overheating and burning out.

To remedy this, Dyson spent roughly AU$67 million in research and development on a new kind of dryer, using dozens of prototypes to dry 1,625kms of natural hair tresses over several years until it settled on the Supersonic design it has today.

Dyson Supersonic

So what’s different about it? For starters, Dyson’s engineers have come up with a much smaller and more efficient digital motor, which has the ability to propel 13 litres of air per second. Not only that, it’s moved the motor from the head of the device into the handle, which is why you can see straight down its barrel right through to the other side, much like Dyson’s aforementioned fans.

That’s not to say there isn’t anything fancy going on in the Supersonic’s head; it’s got a microprocessor that monitors temperatures 20 times a second, making sure it never overheats and burns out. Ordinary hair dryers will keep rising in temperature, which is why they give off a burning smell the longer you use them. Thanks to the Supersonic’s microprocessor, the device will actually prevent itself from going over a certain temperature (around 120 degrees Celsius), so you’ll never have to worry about your hair experiencing heat damage.

Dyson Supersonic

One of the Supersonic’s neatest and most convenient design elements is also its simplest – magnetised attachments and nozzles. It’s the kind of smart inclusion which makes it difficult to go back to lesser hair dryers, as it allows you to instantly snap on a diffuser, styling concentrator or smoothing nozzle (all included) without worrying about it falling off.

Inside the box, you’ll also find a non-slip mat and a little rope hanger, so that you can hang the Supersonic from a hook in your preparation area.

Performance and Verdict

Dyson SupersonicThe most immediately noticeable aspect of the device’s performance (and probably the main reason it received the Supersonic name) is that it’s fairly quiet. It’s not absolutely silent or anything – you’ll still hear the powerful whooshing of air – but compared to any other hair dryer, the sound it gives off is much quieter and infinitely less irritating.

Aside from a power switch and a button to instantly turn the Supersonic’s airflow cool, there are two main buttons used to control the device. The first, which has a little picture of a fan on it, scrolls through three different airflow speeds, while the button to its right, which has a red dot on it, allows you to cycle between three heat settings.

The power level on each of these settings is indicated by three LED lights (white lights for power, red lights for heat) right above each button, making it easy to keep track of how powerful and how hot you’ve set the device.

In terms of drying speed, the Supersonic is on par with most devices of its kind, taking around 3-6 minutes to turn wet hair dry, depending on the thickness and length of your hair. Though it doesn’t get as (irresponsibly) hot as cheaper competing dryers, its sheer blowing power makes sure to get you well-coiffed quickly.

It’s important to note that the Dyson Supersonic is a corded product, so while it might’ve been extra impressive to have a cordless model in the same vein as the company’s excellent cordless vacuums, it would also come with significant drawbacks.

The unit would need to be bulkier and heavier to accommodate an in-built battery, and short battery life and long recharge times would make that proposition hardly worth investing in. Most people will be using the Dyson Supersonic in front of mirror anyway, so being tied to the wall is really no big deal.

Dyson Supersonic


Though it’s only got one real function (and one that’s hard to get wrong, at that), we can’t help but overstate just how well it performs that singular task.

The Dyson Supersonic is a pleasure to use, with its perfectly-weighted build, attractive design, easy-to-use settings and quiet-yet-powerful airflow, you really do feel like you’re using a high-end, luxury product.

Admittedly, the Supersonic is incredibly expensive for a hair dryer, costing 2-3 times as much as a professional grade hair dryer from a well-renowned brand like ghd, which are priced at roughly AU$250/£145.

With that said, Dyson execs have suggested that the Supersonic is so well-built, that it should last at least ten years – a much longer lifespan than most other hair dryers. The actual warranty on the device is only two years, however, so that’s not a guarantee set in stone.

Quite frankly, the device’s exorbitant price is its only real drawback. It’s likely going to be out of most people’s price range. However, if you have disposable income and want the best hair dryer you can possibly get, or if you’re a professional hair-stylist, you should look no further than the Dyson Supersonic. It really is the Porsche of hair dryers.

Review: Dyson Cinetic Big Ball

Review: Dyson Cinetic Big Ball

It’s hard to deny Dyson’s position at the forefront of cutting-edge vacuum technology, with most other vacuum makers regularly playing catchup in an arena that’s been dominated for years by the trendsetting company.

It’s easy to be instantly impressed by Dyson’s manoeuvrable and endlessly convenient stick vacuums, with their impressive suction, lightweight builds and attractive designs – all without the hassle of cables getting in the way. However, cordless vacuums do have their caveats.

Getting 20 minutes of vacuum time from a two-hour charge can suck even more than the device itself, and there are times when you require a more powerful and heavy-duty vacuum solution.

In these situations, Dyson’s new Cinetic Big Ball vacuum is a terrific alternative, offering the quality cleaning experience and reliability that corded vacuums are known for, without many of the usual hang-ups that make people want to go cordless in the first place.


One of the biggest frustrations that comes with using a corded vacuum is that it tends to constantly fall over or tumble as you drag it along behind you.

Granted, on the late-night infomercial scale of annoying first world problems, a ‘vacuum cleaner that constantly tips over’ sits just above the ‘milk carton that explodes in your face when you try to open it’ predicament – it’s nowhere near as big a problem as some would have you believe, though we’d gladly live without it.

To combat this problem, Dyson has developed a ball-shaped vacuum that automatically picks itself back up whenever it falls down. It’s sort of like the vacuum equivalent of the band Chumbawamba; the main difference being that even the Cinetic Big Ball can’t hope to achieve that level of immense suckage.

A clever design, the Big Ball’s spherical array is weighted at its base, creating a low centre of gravity which forces the vacuum back into the upright position whenever it falls over. You can even walk up and kick the Big Ball down, and, short of physically restraining it, it will always roll back into the right position. It’s got a decent cord length, too, allowing you to venture 10.75 metres from your power plug.

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball

Though Dyson vacuums are easier to handle than most, there’s always room for improvement. Typically, vacuum handles are quite rigid, sacrificing manoeuvrability for sturdiness. However, Dyson has given the Cinetic Big Ball an articulated handle that allows for 360° movement, providing a much more comfortable and precise vacuuming experience.

As we’ve come to expect from Dyson vacuums, the Cinetic Big Ball comes with a number of quick release tools for all kinds of vacuuming situations. The entry-level model ($699 / £399.98) comes with a Combination tool for narrow areas, a Musclehead floor tool, and a smaller Stair tool, which lets you vacuum across the length of each step without overhang. If you’re willing to go as high as $999 (£449.99) for the Cinetic Big Ball Animal Pro (great for people suffering from animal fur-related allergies), you’ll also receive a Reach Under tool, a Carbon Fibre Soft Dusting brush, a Swivel Hard Floor tool and a Tangle-Free Turbine tool.

All of this is great, but the real showstopper here is the inclusion of a new Hygienic Dirt Ejector system, which is the kind of welcome addition that makes it hard to go back to the bin-emptying methods of Dyson’s previous vacuums.

On earlier models, collected dirt would constantly find its way into the vacuum’s hard-to-reach crevices, forcing you to either shove your hand into an extremely tight spot, or use a utensil (like a butter knife) to scoop out the built up waste. The Hygienic Dirt Ejector makes this problem a thing of the past, providing a new silicone collar along the inside of the unit which scrapes down from the very top of the bin, making sure that no compressed junk is left behind.

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball

Speaking of its bin, the Cinetic Big Ball also sports a removable barrel that’s 33 percent bigger than Dyson’s previous models.


As was mentioned earlier, the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball is the heavy-duty vacuum to use when a cordless stick vacuum won’t cut it. Packing a whopping 250AW of suction power, the Cinetic Big Ball is easily Dyson’s most powerful consumer vacuum – compare that to the cordless Dyson V6’s 28AW of suction power (100AW on Boost mode).

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball

Its Cinetic Cyclone technology, in which a series of cones is used to spin air and separate microscopic dust particles (like dead skin cells, dust mites and other allergens) from the rest of your accumulated waste, is more efficient than ever before.

Normally, this kind of particle pickup would require the filter to be cleaned regularly, however, the Cinetic Big Ball’s particle separation is so fine and microscopic, that there is literally no need to ever clean or replace its filter. This means that the vacuum requires no maintenance whatsoever.

Though it has a lot of grunt under its theoretical hood, its design is what makes the Cinetic Big Ball perform so well. Its round shape prevents it from snagging on the corners of furniture, and you already know what happens when it topples over. Its swivel handle also performs admirably, taking the pressure away from your wrist and forearm so that you can focus on precision control. It’s also got a longer wand than previous models, extendable to 1,250cm, allowing you to access hard-to-reach places.

Admittedly, there were moments where blockage would occur in the back of the vaccum’s head. While the Tangle-Free Turbine tool performed just like its name would imply, the tube behind the brush would occasionally need to be manually unblocked so that vacuuming could continue.


It’s hard to fault Dyson’s Cinetic Big Ball. Its round design and self-pickup functionality takes much of the frustration out of vacuuming, and its articulated handle allows for vacuum control that’s easy on the wrists and forearms.

It’s got a great deal more suction power than Dyson’s cordless vacuums, making it the perfect vacuum for heavy-duty cleaning situations. We also love the fact that its filter never needs to be cleaned or replaced.

Though its vacuum head occasionally needs to be unblocked, and it still needs to be tied to a wall or extension socket to function, the Cinetic Big Ball is just about the best vacuum in its class.

Review: Mini review: Syncwire 4-port USB wall charger

Review: Mini review: Syncwire 4-port USB wall charger

Sociologists might say that this is the age of the social network but I disagree. This is the age of tangled wires and USB chargers. I have many, and if you’re reading this review you probably do too.

There just aren’t enough plug sockets in the world to charge all our devices these days, and the fixtures and fittings industry is tackling this problem by building USB sockets directly into wall sockets in new homes.

The obvious solution for most people, though, is to buy a USB wall charger with multiple charging points. One such charger is the Syncwire 4-port USB charger plug we have here and we found it to be everything we were promised from the Amazon listing page.

The charger has two 2.4A sockets and two 1A sockets. The 2.4A ones are ideal for charging tablets like the iPad Air 2 or phones with bigger batteries like the Google Nexus 6P. The 1A plugs are there to look after smaller devices like an iPod or smaller Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini.

syncwire 4-port USB wall cahrger

The device itself looks and feels solid. You wouldn’t have a problem believing it cost double the current £12.99 asking price (see below for an exclusive discount). USB cables fit into the ports snugly and the socket itself is small enough to comfortably sit on an extension cable with other devices plugged in either side.

The one minor complaint we have about this charger is that it does not support Samsung’s rapid charging technology. Newer Samsung phones like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge or the Galaxy Note 5 come with adaptive fast charging plugs that are able to switch to a 9V output in order to charge the batteries on certain devices a lot faster.

The Syncwire, along with every other third party USB charger plug we looked at, only outputs at 5V max. And that means if you buy one of these to replace an adaptive fast charger from Samsung, you won’t be able to charge quite as fast as you otherwise would. It’s still fast, but it’s not quite as rapid.


The Syncwire 4-port USB charger plug is cheap and effective. It does exactly what you ask of it and we’d happily recommend it to anyone looking to condense 4 separate charger plugs down into one. It’s particularly helpful to anyone who travels a lot or wants to go on holiday with one plug socket instead of four.

Update: Syncwire has been in touch to offer TechRadar’s UK readers an extra 15% off this product. Use the code TechRad1 at the Amazon checkout to reduce the price to a fraction over £11.

Online Marketing News: Mobile Gets Personal, Facebook Buys MSQRD, Online Reviews Offline

personalized mobile push notifications infographic

Mobile push notifications: Help or hindrance? [Infographic]

The marketing industry is obsessed with personalization, and rightfully so. It’d be foolish to think that consumers really want the generic, blanket content that was once our only option for mass communication. Personalization has again thrown its hat in the ring, and this time, it’s mobile. In fact, according to Microsoft’s infographic, personalized push notifications that align with user preferences see an up to 300% improvement in conversion rates. Microsoft Azure

Facebook acquires video filter app Msqrd to square up to Snapchat

In what many are saying is a play to keep up with Snapchat, Facebook has acquired video editing app MSQRD for an undisclosed amount. This app will allow users to add filters, stickers and texts on video through Facebook Messenger. According to TechCrunch, this isn’t the first time Facebook has taken a run at Snapchat. In fact, in the past they’ve tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to acquire the app for nearly $3 Billion. TechCrunch

Study: Reviews influence both online, offline shoppers

A new study from BazaarVoice shows that no matter where your customers are shopping for your product, online reviews are influencing their purchasing decisions. The study found that while 54% of online shoppers consulted online reviews before their purchase, 39% of in-store shoppers did the very same. What’s the point here? No matter where your customers ultimately make their purchase, your brand’s online reputation matters. BizReport

From the @toprank Twitter Community

Twitter community would choose data-informed marketing over lead attribution as a marketing priority for 2016.

Facebook Just Debuted Video for Its Growing Suite of Lead-Generation Ads

Facebook has stepped up its video lead generation game yet again, now enabling online advertisers to include a call to action within video ads that will lead consumers to contact forms. But Facebook didn’t stop there. The same day, they also announced that advertisers can now duplicate lead forms and edit fields across campaigns, integrate select CRM partners for lead gen ads, integrated MailChimp to automatically add leads to their lists, and select from more options in the disclaimer portion of their lead forms. Adweek

Responsive Design Mobile Marketing Emails Generate 24% More Clicks [Report]

With over half of all emails being opened on mobile devices, it should come as no surprise that emails designed for mobile receive more engagement than those that aren’t. A recent study from mYesmail shows that emails that use responsive design see 24% more email clicks, 55% higher mobile click-to-open rate, and even 23% higher desktop click-to-open rates. Despite the success of mobile, only 17% of brands are implementing responsive design in all of their emails. Marketing Land

In/Spree Launches Instagram for Shopping App on iOS

Finally, leaning on influencers for social selling has become more and more popular in terms of strategy since the onset of platforms like Pinterest and Instagram, and now In/Spree has taken the next step, launching their social shopping iOS app. According to Social Times, it’s “described as Instagram for shopping, the app allows users to follow influencers and shop for items that either match or are inspired by the items they’re wearing in pictures.” What dose this mean for social marketers? Along with rich pins you see on Pinterest, and video ad options for Instagram, this could be the next direction that retail marketers are taking in their social marketing strategy, integrating influencers in a natural and impactful way. SocialTimes

Google PLAs: Testing scrollable carousel on desktop & numbered rankings for “best” products go live

Google is testing a scrollable carousel, much like the one featured in mobile search, for product listings. This will bring the desktop search and mobile search experience in line if it takes off, as it’s one of many test Google has run on PLA layouts. They’ve also recently rolled out testing for Ranked PLAs — ‘top’ and ‘best’ products. To be chosen, Google clarified on Twitter, “first the top-rated products are selected to participate in the auction, where they then compete against each other for ad position. So the number one, or first ranked, ad isn’t necessarily the product with the best rating.” Search Engine Land

What were the top online and digital marketing news stories for you this week?

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend! I’ll be back next week with more online marketing news. Have something to share? Tweet me at @Tiffani_Allen or send it to @toprank using the hashtag #trnews!

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Hands-on review: MWC 2016: LG Rolling Bot

Hands-on review: MWC 2016: LG Rolling Bot

What is the LG Rolling Bot? It’s a few things. A remote controlled toy. A home surveillance camera. An entertainer for your cat. We kid you not – this is LG’s crazy creative juices in full flow.

LG didn’t even intend to launch the Rolling Bot, but it was so well liked internally they decided to treat the world to it. Perhaps the success of Sphero BB-8 encouraged LG to make its own round rollable a reality.

The white plastic sphere comprises of two domed wheels bolted onto a central circular control unit. Slightly smaller than a bowling ball, the Rolling Bot looks like it could belong on the set of iRobot.

LG Rolling Bot review

It feels pretty tough, but LG recommends not dropping it from anything higher than about a foot – so don’t go running it down the stairs.

You control the Rolling Bot with a smartphone app (available on Android and iOS), and with its built-in 8MP you get a visual from the robot as you drive it round your house.

LG Rolling Bot review

You can take pictures and record footage, and the Rolling Bot can connect to your home’s web connection allowing you to control your bot from anywhere in the world.

This means you can check on your home to ensure everything is in order, although it probably can’t fend off an intruder. It may help put them off though, as the Rolling Bot also has a built in speaker.

LG Rolling Bot review

LG’s positioning this particular feature at pet owners, who can check up on their beloved animal when they’re out of the house and offer them a few word of comfort – or simply shout at them to get off the sofa.

Of course, I’m sure you can think of other uses for the speaker.

LG Rolling Bot review

There’s an added bonus for cat owners too, as the Rolling Bot also has “Pet Mode.” Once activated in the app the Rolling Bot will move around by itself while shining a laser point for your moggy to chase. Why? Why the hell not?

The Rolling Bot runs off 512MB of RAM and a 5000mAh battery. It knows when it’s getting low on charge, and will go and park itself in its charging dock when it’s nearly out.

LG Rolling Bot review

If you think the white paint job is a little dull, then there’s good news – there are ports on the Rolling Bot specifically for outfits. The example on the LG booth was bunny ears and a fluffy tail. We can’t wait for the BB-8 mod.

There’s no word on pricing, and it’s unlikely to be particularly cheap, but the LG Rolling Bot will be out later this year.

LG Rolling Bot review

Early verdict

It may not make sense, but the LG Rolling Bot doesn’t need to. That’s its charm. This is a product that was never intended for general release with a seemingly random feature set, but somehow it works and I want it.

I just hope I can afford it.

Review: Dog & Bone LockSmart

Review: Dog & Bone LockSmart

Introduction and design

Padlocks have always been pretty straightforward, haven’t they? Simply lock one up and keep its key in a safe place so you can open it up again. Not much more to it, is there?

Actually, there are a number of ways in which padlocks can evolve in order to provide expanded functionality and ease of use.

For starters, you have to get new physical keys made and distributed if more than one person (i.e. a friend, housemate or family member) needs to access what’s behind the lock.

You also have to keep a key on you or nearby in order to unlock it regularly, and really, who needs or wants another key to carry around?

Personally, every time I want to leave through the back door of my house, I have to walk inside, find the key to the back gate, walk back outside, unlock the padlock, walk inside and put the key away again, then come back out in order to pass through it. That’s a whole lot of back-and-forth to achieve an extremely simple task.


With the rising popularity of smart home accessories that apply wireless functionality to relatively mundane items, it makes sense that a padlock would be next.

With that in mind, the idea of keyless Bluetooth padlock that I can unlock with my phone (which is on me almost always) starts to seem like a perfect solution to all of my first world problems.

Dog & Bone has created exactly that with its LockSmart Bluetooth Keyless Padlock, and it’s managed to do so with only a couple of minor downsides.

Having spent the holiday season with the LockSmart padlock, we’ve put the device through its paces to see if the added convenience is worth the cost (AU$130/US$90/£63). Will it change the way you look at padlocks forever? It just might…


As you’d expect, Dog & Bone’s LockSmart is a hefty piece of kit, with the kind of weighty, solid build that you’d want from something that keeps your possessions safe.

It’s got a tough stainless steel shackle and a die-cast Zamak-3 zinc alloy body, giving the padlock high tensile and impact strength.

Red rubber bumpers on the front and back of the padlock provide some protection for your belongings while also giving the LockSmart a bit of added style (surely one of the most important factors in deciding which padlock to purchase). The LockSmart is also weather-proof, so leaving it out in the rain, hail, or extreme cold is no issue.


On the bottom of the lock is a red rubber flap which opens up to reveal a micro-USB port for charging the device and a button you’ll need to press to sync the lock to your phone and also wake it (it turns off completely when not being used to conserve battery – more on that later).

Though it’s quite obvious (being a keyless lock and all), it should be noted that the lock does not have a keyhole or any form of key activated unlock mechanism.

In terms of security, Dog & Bone’s Bluetooth padlock provides 128-bit advanced encryption, as well as a 256-bit cloud generated private key, which admittedly won’t do a lot against a pair of strong bolt cutters. Still, at least you know that your stuff will be safe from bolt cutter-less hackers.



In order to control the LockSmart keyless padlock, you’ll need to download Dog & Bone’s LockSmart app (available for both iOS and Android).

The first thing you’ll need to do is create an account with Dog & Bone. This allows you to log in from any phone and take control of your padlock, meaning you don’t have to worry about your padlock when you eventually get a new handset.

Once you’ve paired the padlock to your phone, it will appear in a list within the app. Here, you can name the padlock whatever you want, which is helpful if you have more than one of them paired.


You can choose one of three different methods of unlocking your LockSmart padlock. Tap to unlock is the least secure method, simply allowing you to tap on a picture of your selected padlock to open it up. Touch ID (or Fingerprint on Android phones) is much more secure, allowing you to use your phone’s fingerprint sensor to unlock the LockSmart – something only you can do. If your smartphone doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor, you can also use Passcode mode.

Though the app is nicely designed and very easy to use, we did occasionally get a “Bluetooth session timed out” message on our first attempt at unlocking the LockSmart. When this did happen, we’d simply try again and the device would unlock as normal.

One of the best features of the LockSmart keyless padlock is the ability to share unlocking privileges to up to 50 people. This allows multiple people to use the lock without having to share keys or get extras made.

The LockSmart app lets you invite a new user by sending a person on your phone’s contact list an SMS with instructions explaining how to download the app and connect to your padlock.

LockSmartIf you’re concerned about friends accessing your locked goods without your knowledge, the LockSmart app has you covered – once a friend has been connected, you’ll receive a notification whenever they’ve opened the padlock, and you can also keep tabs on each unlock in the app’s Activity Log area.

Admittedly, the LockSmart would sometimes find itself overwhelmed if more than one person would try to connect to it at around the same time. In these instances, one person would keep complete control while the other would be left searching for a connection.

Thankfully, once the other person’s connection dropped out (after a minute or so), control would transfer over to the next person. While that scenario can be slightly annoying, it isn’t one that would come up with much regularity.

Another drawback to having a Bluetooth-enabled padlock is that it needs to be recharged. Thankfully, the LockSmart goes into Power Save Mode when it isn’t being used, providing you with up to 2 years of functionality before it needs to be recharged again.

You also don’t have to worry about the padlock running out of battery, as you can check your lock’s battery level at any time (within range of the device) from your LockSmart app. You’ll also receive prompts and notifications reminding you to recharge.

Having used our review unit for a couple weeks, with regular unlocks several times a day, our LockSmart is still at a full 100% charge, so it’s easy to believe that it’ll last as long as it says it will before needing to be plugged in again.



It’s easy to fall for Dog & Bone’s smart padlock – watching the LockSmart unlock itself over Bluetooth never gets old.

Its sturdy, solid build also fills you with confidence in its ability to keep your belongings secure.

We love the way that unlocking privileges can be shared with up to 50 friends, completely eliminating the need for extra keys that could be lost or stolen.

And, unlike regular locks, it also lets you know when your friends have been unlocking it, so you’ll never be caught off-guard. Its activity log also makes it easier to keep track of who’s had access to the items the lock is protecting.

Admittedly, the idea of a padlock that needs to be recharged is somewhat off-putting, however, its long 2-year battery life and recharge reminders should quell most of those concerns.

While we did experience the odd connection issue (usually due to multiple users attempting to access the LockSmart simultaneously), it’s not the kind of thing that would happen frequently enough to warrant any serious bother.

Solar Energy Could Save You Money

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You may well have noticed that solar panels have appeared more and more homes. In fact, looking across the rooftops of my own window of his office, I see a number of new facilities are in place.

So how can we explain this sudden increase in demand? You may think this reflects the fact that people in the UK have more of an interest in the environment and seeking to reduce its consumption of coal, gas and oil. Is it true that there is this growing desire to help the environment in general?

Like so many things in life, it soon becomes apparent that the first explanation is rather simplistic. Surely we can say that environmental issues do not attract a lot of coverage these days. In fact, a variety of topics being discussed on television and in newspapers.

What is clear is that there is more awareness of environmental issues and can also increase the levels of concern. In some cases, people can think about future generations. What kind of world are we leaving our children? It is easy to see how these issues could lead to a change in behavior.

But many experts also suggest that people tend to act more quickly, if they have some kind of financial incentive to do so. In other words, we can see a financial gain as a motivator to make a decision. This is certainly something that many people in the field of renewable energy in the UK seem to agree.

Undoubtedly help explain the presence of more and more solar panels. People are encouraged to install, with the promise that can actually make money over time. What you see is that completely changes the decision to purchase and installation.

If you had planned to install solar panels in the past, then it is quite possible you have been thinking about the high costs were involved. It may have been nice to think that could help improve the environment, but may not have been terribly realistic.

This reflection has been modified by the realization that the installation of the solar panel should not be considered as an expense. Instead, you can consider an investment that will pay off over time.

This leads us to see that solar energy is not only an option for those who are concerned about the future of the planet. It is realistic for those who wish to make some extra money option.


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