If you a mom, you’re probably in charge of large portions of your house. The ability to control your home automatically is one way to cut down on the effort and time it takes to run your home. In case you’re unfamiliar, home automation systems allow you to automatically control your home. Yes, you can set the lights to turn on or off at a certain time. You can watch your home from far away. You can lock or unlock your doors. The ideas are endless. Today, I’m here to talk to you about 3 I use every single day. They’re great productivity boosters.
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1. Amazon Echo // Amazon Echo is one of my absolute favorite things. It’s your personal assistant. Yes, you heard me correctly. She’s full of dad jokes, playlists, ability to order from Amazon directly, and of course the ability to make a grocery and to-do list that will show up on both your Alexa app and that of your husband. You can add things to the grocery list while he’s at work, and he can pick it up on the way home. Is there anything better than that? I call out to Alexa no less than 20 times per day. Anytime we run out of a pantry item I am able to add it to the grocery list. This means I don’t forget to write it down. I merely call out to her and BAM! This is a HUGE timesaver.
2. Wemo Light Switch // Wemo Light Switch is amazing. I realized we needed one on the night we had a few teenagers ding, dong, ditch at our house. It was impossible to see them on our security cameras because we had no light. This had to be adjusted IMMEDIATELY. The WeMo Switch allows us to set a timer on the outdoor lights. They are set to turn on and off at a certain hour each night. They also pair up with the Amazon Echo so we can turn them on and off with a voice command. This is brilliant. It means we have light at important hours, but we also don’t have to waste electricity by leaving them on all night or forgetting to turn them off in the morning.
3. Wemo Smart Plug // Wemo Smart Plug these work similar to the light switch. We are able to control plugs that aren’t being used and save energy. It can be used for inside lamps, the coffee pot, or the Christmas tree during the holidays. This is the plug that can allow you to look like you’re at home when you’re not by turning on your indoor lights on a rotating basis. It can turn on in time for your morning brew. It can keep your Christmas tree from being a constant fire hazard. How many times have you wondered if you left it on after going to sleep?
You can buy all of these things from Amazon and they’re easy to install. There aren’t any crazy instructions. You won’t need a technology degree to set them and forget them or reuse them over and over again. I’m about to order diapers from my Amazon Echo!
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