Anyone who’s ever decorated with twinkly lights knows just how much of a pain they can be—and we’re not even talking about the untangling step (ahhhhh!). Rather, it’s the timers, the multiple cords and plugs, the fear of leaving the house with a zillion volts raging, and the reaching all the way around your tree while praying that you don’t knock it over just to turn on the lights that drives us nuts. People, I am here to tell you there’s a simpler way: Get a smart, wifi-enabled power strip like this one from TP-Link. Here are four ways it will make all your holiday decorating dreams come true.
Set a variety of schedules simultaneously. Each outlet on the Kasa power strip is independently controlled, meaning you can set the mantel lights, the window candles, and a regular old table lamp to go on and off on different schedules. You’re not limited to a once-a-day lighting, either: Similar to iPhone alarms, multiple timers can for each device.
Control your lights remotely. Want it to look like you’re at home—and not a total Grinch—while you’re actually on vacation? Control each device plugged into the power strip at the touch of a button, even from across the country. (This seems as good a moment as ever to point out that you can plug anything into this power strip, not just holiday lights!)
Monitor—and cut back—your energy usage. Besides offering surge protection, the Kasa app also lets you monitor how much energy is being fed to each of the outlets on the power strip. You might look down and realize the tree’s been on all day and whoa, it’s using a ton of power. Flick it off, and maybe unwind a few of those strong lights when you get home.
Hands-free activation. Since the Kasa strip also works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana, you don’t even have to get out your phone to turn it on if you don’t want. Just ask them, nicely.