Save hundreds on household bills—by remote control
Source: Mail on Sunday 28 May 2017
There was a time when a remote control was only used for flicking through TV channels. But these days—often via a mobile phone—it can control your entire home and help shave hundreds of pounds a year off the household bills.
Here, The Mail on Sunday picks through the high-tech maze to explore some of the ways you can make savings, looking at everything from entertainment to energy—and even feeding the cat.
Ion Smith, co-founder of home cinema installation firm Cyberhomes in Thame, Oxfordshire, believes systems can transform the home.
He says: ‘Only your imagination needs hold you back. The best time to install a music system for the entire home is often when you are doing renovations as this enables any unsightly wires to be hidden away out of view.
‘Consider hiring a consultant to discuss what you want because at the same time you can also look at home cinema, heating, lighting controls and security systems.’ He suggests using a member of the trade body Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association, whose members sign up to a high standard of service and care for its customers.
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Anyone wanting to watch TV in several rooms and perhaps include a surround sound system to give the feeling of being in a cinema, should consider using a professional installer to ensure that no unsightly cables are left lying around the home.
Ion Smith, of Cyberhomes, says: ‘Be future ready. For example, the latest technology is 4K—ultra-high definition TV. Make sure any wiring is ready for this as in a few years it could be the norm.‘
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