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10 Smart Products and At-Home Tips to Put the “Save” in Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time has ended! Come to terms with the change using smart tips and products that will upgrade your home and save you time prepping and dealing with the shift, which occurred in early November.

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Sleep Better With a Color Mood Light Alarm Clock

According to the Harvard Health Letter, only a minority of people will actually gain an extra hour of sleep as a result of Daylight Saving Time ending. Everyone else will find it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. Save yourself from sleepless nights with a Color Mood Light Alarm Clock. It soothes you to sleep with the sound of nature and slowly wakes you up by increasing the intensity of the light.

Get rid of these things from your bedroom and watch your sleep and quality of life improve.

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Automate Your Smart Lights

When Daylight Saving Time ends, you’re hit with the harsh reality that you’re likely still at work after the sun goes down. Save time by automating your lights to turn on at dusk, so when you walk in the door, your home is well-lit. We love Philips Hue smart light bulbs for this.

Daylight Saving Time ending will have you saying goodbye to the sun before dinnertime. With these 10 simple tips and tricks, you’ll be happy staying inside long after Christmas.

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Protect Yourself From Intruders Using a Motion Activated Smart Floodlight

According to Co-op Insurance, burglaries spike by 34 percent on average during the five months before Daylight Saving Time begins in the Spring. So, if you want to protect your home from intruders, install a motion activated smart floodlight near your doors and garage. The ANNKE AI Floodlight is also equipped with a security camera.

Here are 21 things burglars don’t want you to know.

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Save Energy With the Google Nest Learning Thermostat

Daylight Saving Time ending means colder weather ahead! Save time fussing with the thermostat while being energy efficient by installing the Google Nest Learning Thermostat. Not only does it memorize your favorite temperature settings and adjust throughout the day, it also allows you to control it from your smart phone or other remote device while you’re away.

Check out these 50 super simple ways to save on energy costs.

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Use Your Google Home to Turn the Clocks Back

Gone are the days when you needed Post-It notes to remind you to do things like turn the clocks back! Save time by asking your Google Home to remind you to do it manually.

There’s more to do than turn the clocks back when Daylight Saving Time ends. This is our go-to checklist.

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Brew Your Coffee From Bed

It’s going to take some time to adjust to Daylight Saving Time ending, which means coffee is a must each morning. Get your cup of Joe brewing before you even leave your bed with a simple tap on your phone.

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Automate Your Home with a Smart Plug

If you’re not ready to invest in a full set of smart lights, a new coffee maker, and other smart devices, then a great way to frugally smarten-up your home while saving time and energy when Daylight Saving Time ends is to try out a smart plug. It adds voice control to any outlet, so you can get your standard coffee maker brewing, get the slow cooker cooking before you leave the house, and turn a light on with your voice when you walk through the door.

If you’re wondering, “What smart home gadgets can I afford?” These are some of the best-reviewed smart home gadgets under $50.

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Switch to Lithium Battery Smoke Detectors

One of the top chores to do when Daylight Saving Time ends is to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. Save time in the future by upgrading to newer lithium battery smoke detectors. Then, you won’t have to worry about replacing the batteries for up to a decade. We like the X-Sense Smoke Detector.

You should also review these smoke alarm maintenance tips for home safety.

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Upgrade to a Smart Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detector

Want something “smarter” than lithium battery smoke detectors? We’ve got you covered with the Nest Protect. The smart device checks its batteries and sensors over 400 times a day so you don’t have to.

Learn how and where to install carbon monoxide detectors correctly to make sure you stay safe.

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Switch Your Ceiling Fan Remotely

Another chore to tackle when Daylight Saving Time ends is to switch the direction of your ceiling fan blades. Skip the manual flip of the switch and opt for a smart ceiling fan instead. The Casablance Aya features a two-blade configuration, comes with a hand-held remote, push button wall control, and even has built in Wi-Fi capabilities that will keep you from ever having to climb a ladder to flip the reverse switch on the motor again.

Don’t have a ceiling fan? Here’s how you can install one yourself.

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Alexa Erickson
Alexa is an experienced lifestyle and news writer, currently working with Reader's Digest, Shape Magazine and various other publications. She loves writing about her travels, health, wellness, home decor, food and drink, fashion, beauty and scientific news. Follow her traveling adventures on Instagram: @living_by_lex, send her a message: [email protected] and check out her website:

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