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Three Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Back-to-School

Author: Sarah Reckard
Published: August 29, 2019

As students head back to school and families begin new routines, there's a lot to do to get everyone ready for a new year of academic and extracurricular pursuits. Between stocking up on pencils and planning new schedules, don't forget to...

1. Bring your house to "light"

As homes become smarter, you have options to remotely adjust the light or even program certain lights to turn on at specific times. As we enter fall, be sure your lights are scheduled to adjust to the shorter days. Each day becomes much easier if you wake yourself to a programmable Philips Hue bulb connected to your home automation system. Set your son or daughter's bedside lamp to simulate the sun rising to gradually come to full light starting 15 minutes before their alarm goes off. They just might come to the breakfast table a little less grumpy.

2. Say hello to your kids when they get home

There was a day when you hoped you'd get a text or call from your son or daughter when they got home from school – now you can know. With a professionally installed and monitored security system, or with our C2 camera, you can stay in the know as the kids come home – and can say high through our Smart Home Security's camera base station.

3. Keep your kids comfortable - Don't heat or cool an empty house

With the house empty all day, use your thermostat to save money on cooling and heating by using geofencing or setting a schedule. When your kids are prepping for the big test, set your smart thermostat to 77 degrees Fahrenheit, which according to a Cornell study helps them make fewer mistakes than at 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

Looking for more tips? Andrea Smith*, from the Parenting Bytes podcast, shared these back-to-school solutions:

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*Resideo sponsored the segment.