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Modernizing Your Rural Home – 3 Simple Upgrades

Just because you live a little farther away from civilization doesn’t mean you have to forego modern amenities and innovations for more fulfilling, comfortable living.

If you’re still living in the Stone Age, consider these easy updates to bring you into the 21st century.

Alternative Power

Alternative means for power aren’t limited to just scientists, wealthy survivalists, and eco-hobbyists any more. Today, there are many inexpensive means – including solar and wind power – which can help you not only look cool, but also save you a ton of money in the long term (and increase your home’s value).

A quick search online will give you plenty of options to choose from, depending on your electric needs.  If you plan on installing solar panels or a wind turbine, you’ll also need a little electrical experience and some elbow grease. But there are plenty of DIY tutorials for first-time installers.

Connect your alternative power generators to a battery-storage system, and you’ll have plenty of reserve power should you lose normal electric power due to a storm or other emergency issue.

HughesNet Satellite Internet

Live far enough away from a major metropolitan area and you probably assume your only Internet options are dial-up or maybe DSL, if you’re lucky. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case. Satellite Internet has entered the landscape, and more and more rural residents are using it for high-speed Internet access.

Satellite Internet works in a similar way as satellite TV. You have a dish on your home that receives a signal from a satellite in space. When you go to a website, you transmit a signal to the satellite in orbit, which then in turn sends the signal to a ground station. Then the ground station finds your site and transmits the signal back down to you through the same process. All that happens in a fraction of a second!

The best part? All you need is a clear view of the southern sky to pick up a signal – making this a readily available solution for almost every household.

Home Wireless Network

Once you have a reliable Internet solution implemented, you can then take advantage of easy and convenient home networking solutions.

For instance, you can set up a home Wi-Fi network using a router. This allows you to wirelessly connect everything from computers to mobile devices to the Internet, giving you greater mobility wherever you are within range. Having a home wireless network also allows you to stream content from one device to another. For example, you could stream your music from your computer to your Internet-ready TV. No wires. No discs. No hassle.

If you really want to go crazy, you can even integrate your wireless network with things like smart-refrigerators, which will let you keep track of your food inventory and stream various media.

Try one or all of these simple modernization solutions in your rural home and you’ll quickly find that updating your tech can be unintimidating as well as easy and affordable – providing you with a more enjoyable home living experience.