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As we all know, the electricity rate has recently increased. Here are some power saving tips that won’t affect your quality of life.

Heating appliances consume the most energy, accounting for more than half of the total energy costs. Therefore, it is advisable to have good thermal insulation. PVC is a good choice to prevent heat escaping. Curtains and carpets are also great insulators, especially if placed in colder areas.  Another piece of advice is that we should, of course, benefit from the sun hours in order to heat our homes without the need of expending. In addition, it is a waste of energy to cool or to heat the house if we are not indoors. We must take into account that an only 1 degree extra can increase power costs by 7%.

Regarding lighting, we must not forget about using LED bulbs. Their power consumption is 85% less that traditional bulbs. Whilst we are keeping our homes warm, we should also be aware of devices and appliances which are left on standby. This is a common mistake when turning off but not disconnecting electronic devices. According to Eurostat this could account for 7% of the total consumption, which amounts to 7000 million euros annually.

We should also mention that a Class A+++ fridge can cost almost 70% less than a middle range one. Although they can be more expensive to buy, the running costs will be less in the long run.

Also water tends to be another important factor concerning energy saving.  Years ago it was necessary to always wash with hot water.This is no longer the case.  We should all consider shorter showers and using cold water detergents.

We hope you found this interesting.  Be back soon!

Tips to make more room in cabinets, drawers, drawers and shelves.

Are you one of those people that live in a relatively small house and like to keep all kinds of clothes, shoes and souvenirs? If your two answers are yes, you should know some tips and tricks to maximize the space of your closets and drawers.

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Basically you need
– Know the available spaces: rooms, closets, drawers, shelves …
– Ask yourself what do I need to save? Can I recycle, donate or resell something you do not use?
– Classify your storage and keep in order. Because it will help you find it quickly when you need it.
– You must keep in mind also that you may need to allocate part of your budget to buy more cabinets, drawers or boxes to store your belongings. Although it can also make them yourself.

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This must be the strategy to take full advantage of the spaces
– Empty your wardrobe (drawers, drawer, box or shelf).
– Clean it and begins to reorganize.
– Learn your wardrobe and dimensions as well as the items that you are going to keep in it. Note that you must leave free space available for new objects.
– Save and stores only the objects that you are going to need and use. Replace them with others, assign, give away or resell. This can be an excellent strategy to get more space and feel better to let go of these objects have not used for years.
– Sorts objects. Those that are the same or similar you can stack them and compile them. This will gain inches in your closet.
– Those that you use less or seasonally, save in different spaces to the regulars. Put items you use less in less accessible places.
– Some people use the space we have under the bed to store shoes, carpets … Actually it also stores dust and dirt. It is best done in storage boxes that allow us to sort and store objects. And at the same time helps the cleaning of these sites which are often uncomfortable when cleaning.
– Using labels and different colors are distinctive to classify products. It will save you time when looking for them.
– And finally, to facilitate and improve the preservation of products you need to protect them from dust, sun, possible moisture, insects and mammals. For example, it is advisable to store clothes in plastic bags against moths and dust. Like the metal or silver products should be stored wrapped in cloths soft fabrics.

As we have seen, cleanliness, order and think before placing are essential. Now we just need to implement it.

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Tips to maintain an ideal temperature inside our house

Keep warm our house, make profitable our heating and reduce the amount of your bill. Under these premises we describe several tips that will help us to have a warm winter.

It depends on the area where we live, the orientation of the house, number of hours of sunshine by day, room temperature, climate… There are many factors but usually we should keep a house around 20°C in winter in broad daylight. At night, with blankets, warm sheets and the own latent heat, we will get to warm up, more so when we sleep with someone. Out of bed, at those hours of night, the temperature of the thermometer could be around 15ºC. Although it could be less. Mainly if we move away the Mediterranean Sea.

However, it is basic to reduce, minimize and even eliminate all the heating leaks. In this way, we will prevent that our investment in heating becomes expensive.

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Exterior and interior doors and windows are often the main outing of the warmth of our home and therefore, accesses for external cold air. Achieving and maintaining good insulations and verify that all windows are closed will help us to preserve the ideal and desired temperature. However, we must also renew the air of our home daily.

In addition we have to check that doors, windows and glass of our home block the access to the air. If it is not possible, we have to seal with silicone, filler, glue or draught excluder –rubber or clothing strips with hessian or cotton stuffled that we can put in the edge of doors and windows–. Even more, it is advisable that our windows have double glazing installed systems with enhanced thermal insulation. Thus, an insulating chamber prevents the way of air and temperature changes and soundproofing homes all outside disturbances (noise, wind, dust, dirt…).

Although it is not very common, it is advisable to have curtains in winter and lace curtains on summer. Yes, curtains as well as being an important decorative element that allows us to create intimate spaces, also help us to maintain and keep the temperature of our homes. Winters curtains should be thickset and contain insulating materials. Curtains that we will open on sunny days, allowing solar natural energy access our home, maintaining a warm room for a while. In summer you can simply hang fine curtains allowing the sea breeze pass into our homes.

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We help you to prepare the maintenance kit to your home

The same as for our safety we must have at home a first aid kit, to keep our home in perfect condition, we advise to have at home a basic box tools at all times. The following will be helpful
1. Hammer with carpenter hoof
2. Nails or spikes
3. Flat screwdriver
4. Star screwdriver
5. Flat head screws
6. Star screws
7. Spikes
8. Ringbolts
9. Pliers
10. Adjustable wrench
11. Cutter with spare parts of blades
12. Trowel
13. Rule
14. Framing square
15. Adhesive and insulation tape
16. Scissors
17. Drill
18. Metal, ceramic-glass and wood bits
19. Wall plug with different thicknesses
20. Plunger of pipes
21. Carpenter glue
22. Fast glue
23. Lantern with rechargeable battery
24. Gloves

¡Ready to get on with it!

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It may be by the nerves takeoff and landing or because we can not stop thinking about all we will do when we arrive to our destination. And in our case because we only want to worry about the selection of the beaches and bars to visit during our holidays. But when we are at the airport or on the plane, we do not think if the rest of passengers paid the same for the ticket. If we do survey at that time, the results could surprised us. Price differences can be considerable.
In that moment, we ask: when is the best time to book a flight? How long in advance should I buy airline tickets? Next we offer several tips to buy low cost flight tickets.

1. Foresight, anticipation and buy
“The sooner, the better”. This is our motto: if you need cheap flights, look for, compare and buy in advance.

2. Avoid travel agencies
You will save commissions and you will be able to design your custom-fitted holiday.

3. Suitable date and time for ticket purchase: Tuesdays at 15: 00h
There are studies that determine the best time to buy the cheapest tickets. For example, The Wall Street Journal determines are on Tuesdays at 15:00.

4. Research on Internet, avoid the search engines and compare!
However, looking for a quick search in different companies and comparing prices, dates and times will allow us to think about different proposals. In that moment we can choose the best option, after a good search and comparison. We can also look for the there and back flight independently. If you are looking for round-trip flights together, you can compare if there are differences. Try it. You’ll be surprised.

5. Travel during the week
You should avoid long weekends, weekends and holiday periods. The more travels and demand is foresighted, more expensive tickets.

6. Subscribe to newsletter and emailing. Follow flight companies and search engines on Facebook and/or Twitter
There you will find opportunities, offers, promotions and discounts…

7. Use the main airports
Sometimes, if we use bigger airports in the cities, increase the advantages of using them, because logic tells us that they offer a greater offer of flights, more cities from which to travel, more services and more proximity to the destination city.

8. Neither destination nor fixed direction
Our adventurous spirit helps us to get low cost flights. Start looking for cheap airline tickets without a fixed destination will help us get offers and bargains.
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There are many people visiting our country every year. Lots of them are captivated by the Mediterranean climate and Spanish cuisine among others. So much so that they end up buying a home in Spain.
Of all administrative, banking and legal steps to do so, in this post we are going to inform you about the documentation that a foreigner need to open a bank account in Spain, so you can set up a direct debit for water, electricity, community and IBI bills of the new home.
The documentation will depend on some factors, including the country of the customer, because according to it, the bank will require a number of additional documents if they think is a country with a high risk of money laundering.
If the customer only needs to open a bank account or if he/she also needs financing, he/she will require different documents. The main documents are the following ones:
– To open a bank account
o Passport.
o 3 last payslips.
o Income tax.
o And certificate of the company they work with information about the salary, the position in the company and since when is working.
– To apply for mortgage
o In addition to the above, it is also requires a Credit Report that will inform about any other credit requested. In Spain they would get them in CIRBE (Central Risk), RAI (Register of Unpaid Acceptances) and ASNEF (National Association of Financial Credit Establishments).
o Also they have to provide the latest mortgage statement, if they have mortgage on their home, or rental agreement if they live in a rented house.
However, in any case, legal advisors Legalmed recall that this information is illustrative, and the bank will confirm which documents you need in each case. There are reflected here the most usual in the most cases.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Legalmed Advisors, for the advice offered for this post. For more information you can contact them at legalmed@legalmed.es

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In the market there are many specialized products in general cleaning and certain areas of our home. However, there are those who use organic products and substances considered green and ecological. They also serve to clean and disinfect our home and at the same time they help us to protect the environment.
Natural substances that can be used for cleaning and disinfection are
– Sodium bicarbonate.
– White vinegar.
– Lemon juice.
– Pine essence oil.
– Essence oil of citronella.
– Lavender essencel oil.
– Oil of lemon.
To reinforce its effectiveness, you must use them dissolved in hot and clean water. Even, you can make a mixture that can be effective for three months. Also, you can use sponges, cloths, brushes and scourers to help you cleaning your house faster.
Finally, you can freshen the air your home with essential oils, diluting a dozen drops of scent that you like in a spray bottle filled with a litre of water. Also, you can plant aromatic herbs like thyme, rosemary, mint, lavender and lemon balm in planters. In this way, we will have a clean, healthy and natural home.

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The Spanish collection of proverbs offers us memorable quotes that have much reason. “It is not cleaner who cleans more, but who dirties less” is just one example. Hard to accomplish? No, quite the opposite!
Also, if we are the responsible for maintaining the house, it allows us saving money and at the same time it teaches us to maintain and care for our home.
Maintaining a safe and clean house increases its value in the short, medium and long term. A house in good conditions does not devalue but increases its price in case you want to sell.
Identify and fix small defects that appear at home year after year will help us to reduce and minimize its effects and to prevent them from becoming serious and costly.
All we have to do is be careful at home, check it regularly, have a simple toolbox around and use quality cleaning products frequently.
If we focus on the inside of our house, we have to look at the heating system, air conditioning, plumbing and electrical systems The flooring and walls will receive our attention, specially identifying any cracks, breaks, falls and leaks. In addition, all accessories, complements and electrical appliances will receive our maintenance and cleaning review, as well as drains, sinks, showers, bathtubs, faucets and waste pipes. And if we doubt we can put a solution, we should check with professional experts.
If you look on the outside of the house, we should observe carefully the foundations, columns, beams, walls, ceilings, roofs, blinds, shutters, windows and any decorative piece that hang in our windows or facades (window boxes, clothes lines and sunshades for instance). The idea is to check and prevent to continue living peacefully in our home.
We insist it is not a difficult work. Also, on this blog and specifically in this section, we will give advices to help you on this regard. Also we invite you to ask any questions you have writing to info@quieroplaya.com

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The unexpected can happen at any time. So it pays to be prevented. So, we should have a complete kit that will allow us to provide first aid in case we have a small domestic accident. With it, we will reduce the effects of cuts, scrapes, scratches… However, before giving any type of medication, we need to know if the person who needs it has some kind of allergy, the expiration date and administration procedure. Initially, our kit should contain

  • A thermometer
  • Normal scissors with round end
  • Clippers
  • Fine tweezers
  • Sterile gauze pads of various sizes
  • Vaseline gauze for burns
  • Cotton
  • Bandages
  • Elastic bandages
  • Hypoallergenic bandage (paper or clothing)
  • Strips of different sizes
  • Healing strips or suture points
  • Sterile eye patches
  • Stitches paper
  • Alcohol 96th
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Tincture of iodine, povidone-iodine (Betadine)
  • Antiseptic or neutral soap
  • Saline solution
  • Ice packs or cold chemical sanitary towels
  • Hot packs or hot water bag
  • Surgical gloves
  • Masks
  • Antipyretics and analgesics
  • Cream, gel or anti-inflammatory ointment
  • Antacid or protective stomach
  • Anti-diarrhoea
  • Laxative
  • Mucolytic syrup, cough suppressant and / or expectorant
  • Antiseptic throat tablets
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets
  • Corticosteroid cream or ointment (bites, reactions, …)
  • Antiseptic cream or ointment for burns
  • Oral rehydration salts for diarrhoea or vomiting processes
  • Energy drinks

Also, we recommend having a list with telephone numbers of the closest services: ambulance, emergency, health centres, local police, fire, civil defence, hospitals, etc. It is advisable that kit and phone lists are in the same place, known by all the people living at home.