Festive fun with smart home tech
Smart tech doesn't only give you control over your home, ease and efficiency but it can be fun too. From Christmas lights to keeping the house cosy – here’s six ways to use your smart tech over the festive season.
Ask Alexa to play your favourite Christmas playlist
Line up your favourite festive tunes to bring some merriment into your home. Or simply request a song by asking your Amazon Echo Dot. No need to scroll through your music, or even leave the sofa or stop what you're doing! Quick voice commands mean you can get into the Christmas spirit quicker than an elf can wrap a present!
Ask Alexa to help with cooking the Christmas meal
Wouldn't be great if you had a handy helper in the kitchen to make cooking up your Christmas feast easier? Well, Alexa can do just that! She can read out all the ingredients so you don't need to be looking through a book or scrolling on your phone. Plus, she can talk you through the recipe as you go so no getting gravy on your tech!
Make sure your home's cosy when you return from carolling
You can set your smart thermostat to turn on the heating half an hour before you come back from your wintery walk – so the house is nice and toasty just when you need to warm up.
Enjoy a Christmas story or try some trivia
Got a Christmas question or just fancy hearing a festive story or poem? The whole family can have great fun asking Alexa to recite winter tales or finding out which reindeer is her favourite.
Control your Christmas tree lights without clambering under the tree
You can set your Christmas tree lights to turn on when you wake up and turn off automatically when you go to bed. Wake up feeling festive and avoid leaving the lights on all night. No more reaching around the Christmas tree to find the switch – with a smart plug you can control them from your phone.
Light up your home in a Christmas hue
Philips Hue smart lights come in a huge variety of colours which you can change to suit your mood. So why not choose some Christmassy shades to light up your home?