Smart Plugs are an easy and inexpensive way to automate your home. They plug into your existing outlets and control the lamp or appliance that is plugged into it. So unlike say a smart switch which requires some wiring. Smart plugs installation is a breeze. Just link them to your Wi-Fi network and plug and play (no pun intended).
Smart Plugs are also inexpensive. You can buy a plug for low as $10, however, a plug with a dimmer may cost $20 to $30. That’s is still a lot less than the cost of a smart bulb
Smart Plugs can be used anywhere there is a power outlet. and since some plugs are water resistant they can be used outdoors as well as indoors.
Smart Plugs can have a single outlet or dual outlets or power strips. So you can control as many devices as you wish.
Useful Things Smart Plugs Can Do
Turning the lights on and off is not all smart plugs can do. Since it can turn on or off any dumb appliance that is plugged into it, Smart Plugs can provide you with an automated hands-free environment on the cheap.
Here is a small list of the useful appliances that smart plugs can control
- Air Conditioners
- Space Heaters
- Coffee Makers
- Slow Cookers
- Air Purifiers
- Pet Feeder
- Christmas Lights
- Party Lights
Another useful thing that the Smart Plug can do is set timers through the app…So if your if you are away from home for an extended of amount time. The plug can periodically turn the lights on and off and give the impression that someone is home. You can also set the timer to start the coffee before you get out of bed, or start the slow cooker at a predetermined time.
Peace of Mind
Smart Plugs that are Alexa or Google Home enabled can also control your dumb appliance while you’re away home. If you`ve ever experienced the feeling of dread and panic that you get when in the middle of your morning commute, you realize that you left the iron on. Then you can appreciate how valuable this feature is.
If you don’t have a smart plug that can be controlled outside of your home. You can still set timers to switch off unnecessary appliances when you’re away from home.
Low Set-Up cost
The best thing about Smart Plugs is that they don’t cost a lot of money to set up. You can set up your first pair of plugs for about $25, and since digital assistance like Alexa are free to download. There is no additional cost. So start-up can cost less than a pizza.
You Got This
If you’re new to home automation and would like to try one or two plugs. Or you have been at it for some time and would like to add a new plug here and there. Smart Plugs are an easy and inexpensive way to automate your home. Just do it.