Get smart about Christ­mas prepa­ra­tions

Calgary Sun - Homes - - Homes - — News Canada

The hol­i­days should be a happy time, but be­tween fam­ily get-to­geth­ers, gro­cery shop­ping and dec­o­rat­ing, it’s some­times hard to find enough time to get ev­ery­thing done.

For­tu­nately, you can use the wifi-en­abled iHome Smart Plugs avail­able at the Home De­pot Canada to make it a lit­tle eas­ier.

n Pre-hol­i­day prep: When get­ting your home ready for the hol­i­days, dec­o­rat­ing the ex­te­rior can be a chilly ex­pe­ri­ence. Skip the cold by plug­ging your lights or in­flat­a­bles into a smart out­let and turn them on with the touch of a but­ton. You can even use the plugs to turn on the slow cooker while you’re at work to save you time when cook­ing a large fam­ily meal.

n Christ­mas morn­ing: Want your Christ­mas morn­ing to go off with­out a hitch? Con­nect and con­trol ap­pli­ances con­nected to your smart plug from any lo­ca­tion to en­sure the per­fect start to your day. You can sched­ule your smart plugs to turn on mu­sic, have the cof­fee maker brew­ing and get the lights twin­kling.

n Af­ter Christ­mas: Smart plugs aren’t just help­ful on the hol­i­days. Use them on a daily ba­sis this win­ter to turn on lights dur­ing those short win­ter days or turn on the hu­mid­i­fier to pre­vent dry­ness. Cre­ate a scene in a full room by link­ing all your smart plugs to­gether or while trav­el­ling use the “away” mode, which will set an en­tire room to your pref­er­ence.

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Plug your lights and out­door decor items into a smart out­let and turn them on with a touch of a but­ton.

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