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4. Bedroom > 48. Put the House to Sleep for the Night

Put the House to Sleep for the Night

When it’s time to go to bed, have your house turn off all the lights, check to make sure things are secure, and ready your motion detectors to light the way should someone get up for a drink of water.

There’s nothing like having your house shut itself down for the night. Instead of spending your final waking moments traipsing around turning off lights, have your computer do it for you. You can have it set your alarm system [Hack #80] , check to see if you left any windows open [Hack #78] , make sure the garage door is closed [Hack #56] , and announce tomorrow’s weather [Hack #28] .

You do all this by writing a script that takes care of each task for you. The easiest way to trigger the script is to keep a Palm Pad [Hack #5] on your nightstand. For example, let’s look at my XTension On script [Hack #17] for the unit the Palm Pad controls, named Gone To Bed.


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