4 ways to automate your holiday season

4 ways to automate your holiday season image

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Your holiday to-do list is probably pretty lengthy. With gifts to buy, parties to attend and festivities to host, you're likely wondering how you're going to get everything done.

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to set and forget a few tasks on that to-do list?

Thanks to Digital Life, you can take some things off your plate -- from keeping an eye on your holiday presents to keeping things comfortable at home while you're wrapping gifts. Here are three ways we can help simplify your holiday season:

1. Keep an eye on your presents

Holiday shopping can all be done online, letting you skip crowded malls and long shopping lines. However, packages are often delivered while you're at work.

Want to know that your package has arrived and that it's safe and sound? Our outdoor cameras detect motion and can be programmed to send you an alert when there's activity by your front door*.  You can even watch your package being delivered in real time by streaming the footage to your mobile device or desktop computer using your Digital Life app.

*Package required:  camera

Once your packages are inside, they're still subject to being snooped on by eager kids who want to sneak a peek at their holiday gifts. To keep tabs on your stash, set a Digital Life motion sensor near your hiding place. When motion is detected, you'll be notified -- and you'll be able to break up the present hunt.

2. Don't let false alarms ruin your holiday

During this time of the year, you probably have friends and family visiting and a crazy schedule of parties to attend.  With so many people in and out, the last thing you need is a false alarm or a false alarm fine.  You can create a Guest Key program where a custom 4-digit door lock code* is given to guests that will unlock the door and disarm your system at the same time.   

If you don't want the system to disarm, you can create a unique door lock code to open the door and then provide your guests the keypad PIN to disarm the system.  

With just a few simple steps, Digital Life can help you prevent unwanted holiday false alarms.

*Package required:  door

3. Control your holiday party settings

If you're hosting the holidays, you've got a menu to execute and guests to entertain, all at the same time. The last thing you have time for is leaving the party to keep adjusting the temperature as it gets more crowded, or worse, opening and closing windows to fit your guests' needs. With a Digital Life thermostat*, you can make things hotter or cooler right from your mobile device. That way, you can fulfill your guests' requests for more air or heat with just a few clicks on your smartphone -- without having to leave the party.

*Package required:  energy

4. Light up your holiday

You've spent lots of time carefully stringing holiday lights around your home. The problem, of course, is that it's so easy to forget to plug everything in when it gets dark -- or worse, remembering that you left things on ... when you're already at work the next morning. Our indoor and outdoor smart plugs* give you control over your holiday lights, allowing you to turn them on and off from your mobile device -- whether you're home or not. You can even program them to turn on and off at a certain time of day or night, making for a merrier holiday for your home and your electric bill.

*Package required:  energy

Holiday preparation can be tough. Digital Life can help keep things running smoothly so you can focus on holiday memories instead of holiday tasks.