Just because you’ve chosen to live away from the hustle and bustle of the city doesn’t mean you have to forego all modern-day amenities. In fact, the technology of today has made it so you can enjoy almost all the things of urban life—maybe even more—without compromising the simple one.
Take a look at these modern upgrades that will make your rural home living more enjoyable and more satisfying than you ever imagined. Some might even save you money!
4 Upgrades for Modernizing Your Rural Home
If you’re in a position where you can change the cosmetics and interior of your home, you may consider some upgrades on that front as well. Even simple things, like adding skylights, help bring in more sun to heat up the home. Plus, they make for great star-filled night sky viewing!
Moreover, there are many green building modernizations today, including eco-friendly insulation, flooring, framing, roofing, siding, paint, and more—all designed to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, while reducing your carbon footprint. And like the alternative power sources, they can save you money in the long run.
A nice benefit to living in the country is the availability of alternative sources of power for your home—a resource that our city-dwelling brethren typically don’t have access to.
Using eco-friendly sources, such as solar or wind, to run electricity in your home can not only save you a ton of money in electric bills, but also greatly reduce your carbon footprint. What’s more, the set up process isn’t all that difficult. There are plenty of online DIY resources and how to guides to get your power sources up and running in no time.
Generate enough power and you might even be able to contribute back to the grid, with a nice paycheck awaiting you from Uncle Sam.
It’s amazing how many rural homes are still connecting to the Internet via dial-up access numbers. The result is slow internet that doesn’t let you take advantage of all the rich content found online, not to mention fast home networking solutions (see Home Wireless Network, below).
Though you may not be able to get cable Internet where you live, as most cable providers only service major metropolitan areas, you can still get your hands on high-speed Internet. No, not DSL. The solution is satellite Internet.
Satellite internet has become such a popular channel for rural high-speed Internet that the government even subsidized the service for some time just a few years ago. What’s great is that it’s super easy to set up. All you need is a satellite dish and service, both provided by a satellite service provider, and a clear view of the southern sky. Everything else works just the same.
It is important to note, though, that most satellite Internet providers do have caps on how much you can download in a day. And, you may not be able to do certain things like stream movies from Netflix and Hulu. But you can still download other media, like YouTube videos, music, and pictures—much faster than you typically can from a dial-up connection.
Another option you may have is cell phone tethering. This is when you use a cell phone network to create a connection to the Internet that you can then in turn use on your home computer or any other Internet-ready device. And it’s very easy to set up. The problem with tethering is that it’s 100% dependent on having reliable cell phone reception, which may not be the case if you’re pretty far out in the country.
Home Wireless Network
Once you have your high-speed Internet connection established, you can thentake advantage of a home wireless network. This removes this hassle of having wires running throughout your home. Plus, it gives you the convenience of being able to do things like stream content media from your computer to another device, such as your smart TV.
Having a home Wi-Fi network also makes it convenient for guests to access the Internet when they are in your home. They don’t have to attach a cable to get on the Internet, which may not even be an option for them anyway. All you have to do is give them the password to your network, and they’ll be able to hop on in a flash.
Setting up a home Wi-Fi network isn’t as complicated as it sounds. All you need to do is purchase a router that connects to your Internet modem. Many of the routers come with quick and easy setup discs that will get you going in a matter of minutes.
From electronics to the very framework of your house, these solutions are a great way to start modernizing your rural home. Put one or all of them in place, and you’ll quickly find that country living can be even more rewarding than you anticipated. And you’ll be sure to impress your city friends!
Skylar Michelle James is a woman who loves technology. Currently Skylar is a graduate student in the Boston Massachusetts area. She is writing her thesis on the Internet Philosophy. Much of her focus is on the future of internet and what is next. When she is not studying she is freelance writing to keep her in the technology loop. She also does research for internet websites.