For those who are easily forgetful, or a little paranoid about whether they’ve remembered to turn off their appliances, lights or T.V. before leaving the house, there is a painless solution – smart plugs.
A smart plug is a wall plug that allows customers full control over their appliances, whether they’re in the same house as the item or in a totally different state. Smart plugs plug into any standard wall socket and once an appliance or item is plugged into it, customers are given full control of their on and off switch with just a couple clicks in an app, through a mobile device or tablet.
This smart plug is compatible with both Android and IOS devices and has a compact shape and design, taking up only as much space as the socket its being plugged into. It won’t block off the outlets that are above or below it and it’s affordable, ranging from $30.00 to $35.00.
The IHome ISP8 works with Alexa, Google Home, Wink, and Nest, and offers voice commands through Siri. Though slightly pricier than the smart plug listed above, IHome ISP8 sells for $50.00 and its pricing is a fair representation of its quality.
ConnectSense Smart Outlet
This smart plug connects to the homes Wi-Fi network and combines two plugs into one. It fills two outlets and comes with an additional USB charging port for IPhones and IPads.
Elgato Eve Energy smart plugs are extremely simple to set up and offer specific functions to monitor power consumption. Siri is compatible with it as well and despite using Bluetooth instead of Wi-Fi, the device still functions at top speed.
For a very basic smart plug in, the D-Link Wi-Fi smart plug is the best option. The free app is easy to maneuver and the cost of this smart plug is only around $50.00. It’s strong enough to power lamps and other small appliances.
If you’re look for an outdoor smart plug, the IHome ISP100 is very durable, and can withstand varying weather along with dirt, dust, and rain. It’s also relatively affordable and connects directly to your home Wi-Fi network.
This smart plug works well with Alexa, and Google. It’s wireless, and has a slim design, making it possible to fit two of them in one outlet. TP-Link HS105 is inexpensive, only priced at about $30.00.
Setting up this plug is so simple that it can be done in just 4 easy steps. The plug in connects through your Wi-Fi network and only takes a few seconds to sync your device with the switch. This plug in functions with IOS exclusively though, but it can track energy usage.
Smart plugs highly reduce the chances of large wastes of energy and electricity, or even potential danger, when an appliance is left on. Smart Plugs offer the quickest way to avoid an accident and an instant sigh of relief, for the moments where we’re just too busy to remember to turn off that switch!