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Technology to fix common household problems

From saving energy to controlling your home remotely

Technology and gadgets aren't just for work. They can actually help you fix some common households problems, such as your extortionate energy bill. Here are a few household hacks to help Here are a few household hacks to help you organise your life.

Keep your windowsills bird-free

Chris Manners, senior video producer at PC Advisor's sister title, PC World, had a problem - a bird problem. Specifically, a flock of pigeons was roosting on his windowsill. How could he rid himself of these pests using technology? What kind of household hack could banish these feathered fiends? A couple of options came to mind.

Recycle your old media
A common method of scaring birds is to attach streamers, or flash tape, to the window ledge or balcony so that it moves in the wind and creates reflections. Instead of running out and picking some up from a shop, however, just hang some CDs out the window on a string. The reflective surface of the discs will function like flash tape, keeping your windowsills and balconies pigeon-free.

Make your own ultrasonic sounds
Another way to scare birds is to use an ultrasonic bird repeller - a little device capable of broadcasting ultrasonic sounds that are between 22 kHz and 30 kHz - beyond the range of human hearing, but audible to animals. Unfortunately, such devices cost anywhere from £50 to £250. Who wants to spend that on something they can't even hear?

Luckily, you can find ultrasonic sounds on the internet - in the form of ringtones. A number of ultrasonic ringtones are available, because sounds between 17 kHz and 20 kHz can usually be heard only by teenagers. Just download one of these ringtones and put it on loop. The only drawback: Any teens or dogs in your house will suddenly start hearing things.

See also: Pictures: The 10 strangest, low-tech hacks

  1. From saving energy to controlling your home remotely 
  2. Blast music without bugging the neighbours
  3. Tweak your PC's sleep mode, cut your energy bill
  4. Organise your cables
  5. Keep your windowsills bird-free

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