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FIVE SMART HOME TIPS AND TRICKS

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1Sort your internet

“Make sure you know your Wi-Fi dead spots,” says Marcus Cook. “Most smart devices will connect via Wi-Fi and most homes have areas where the signal is weak.”

2Keep it charged

“Recent studies have shown the average Australian home contains 13 smart devices with most of these requiring power or charging via a USB connection,” Jason Neophytou says. “Items such as USB power boards and wall switches with USB ports come in handy in living areas, kitchens and outdoors.”

3Turn to timers

“Timers or connected ‘smart’ sockets can make your life much easier,” says Thomas Robin, the offer marketing manager for Home & Distributi­on at Schneider Electric/ Clipsal. “Rather than crawling under your desk to turn off the power, just do it via one tap on your phone.”

4Start off small

“Smart homes are scalable – you can start with one connected light switch or socket and expand to your whole home,” says Thomas. “Arteor with Netatmo, for example, works with a Home + Control app that can turn on TVs, open blinds and even tell you if you’ve left your straighten­er on!”

5Pick and choose

“Think about the value that smart home tech can add to your lifestyle,” advises Thomas. “Consider how you would use it in your daily life. Would you like automated control over your indoor and outdoor lighting? Or focus on a key areas like your home office, kitchen and living room?”

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