If there’s one crucial element of a smart home, it’s smart plugs. This simple technology packs a major punch, completely transforming the way you interact with your household devices and appliances.
With a smart plug, you can keep your slow cooker plugged in all day while you’re away with the food ready to cook, and turn it on a few hours before you plan to come home.
A smart plug is plugged into your wall outlet and, at first glance, works just like any standard outlet. You can plug just about any electronic device into it, but with the added perk of being able to remotely control your devices. Using a smartphone app or your voice through a hub like Amazon Echo or Google Home, you can turn on or off any device in your home that’s plugged into a smart plug, even when you aren’t home. This offers unprecedented convenience to any home. Here are 7 ways that smart plugs can simplify your life.
1. Start Your Morning Right
You might have your morning routine down-pat by now, but what if it was automated? Smart plugs can allow you to program your coffee maker to start brewing at a specific time each morning, turn on the radio, start making breakfast in the toaster oven, and get the AC running throughout your house, all before you even get out of bed.
2. Program Your Lights
If you manage a large and busy house, turning the lights on and off each day can be a pain, especially when your hands are full with your kids. With a smart plug, you can program your lights to turn off or on at a certain time each day or control all of the lights in your house with just the press of a button on your smart plug’s accompanying mobile app.
3. Come Home to Dinner
If you’re on vacation or just away for the day, you can control your home’s lights and appliances remotely using your smart plug’s app to make it look like you’re home
Slow cookers are convenient, but not all have built-in timers. With a smart plug, you can keep your slow cooker plugged in all day while you’re away with the food ready to cook, and turn it on a few hours before you plan to come home. You’ll come right home to a fresh, warm meal that’s completely hassle-free.
4. Control Hard-to-Access Outlets
We all have that pesky outlet that’s located in the most inconvenient spot in our home. Smart outlets are a simple solution to this problem, eliminating the need to physically access the outlet once the smart plug has been installed.
5. Keep Your Home Safe While Away
Burglaries most commonly occur when the resident isn’t home, so having the TV and lights on while away can help to deter burglars from entering your home. If you’re on vacation or just away for the day, you can control your home’s lights and appliances remotely using your smart plug’s app to make it look like you’re home, or you can set them on a timer for a fully automated smart security trick.
6. Monitor Your Power Usage
It can be difficult to figure out which appliances in your home are killing your energy bill. Some smart plugs like the Sonoff S31 have a capability to monitor your appliances’ energy usage. This data allows you to cut corners, if needed, to reduce your home’s energy consumption.
7. Turn Off Devices That You Forgot to Power Off
We’ve all had that moment of panic when we realize that we left the oven or the curling iron on after we’ve left the house. Smart plugs offer some peace of mind, allowing you to control your appliances no matter how far you are from home.
If you’re looking to make your life a little simpler, consider installing a few smart plugs throughout your home. They’re more affordable than you may think – the basic Amazon Smart Plug costs just $24.99 – and they’re incredibly easy to install, too. After taking just a few minutes to set up your smart plugs throughout the house, you’ll never interact with your home the same way again.
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