The six home appliances that you should put a smart plug on to save

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the six home appliances that you should put a smart plug on to save
the six home appliances that you should put a smart plug on to save

These types of devices are key if you want to reduce your electricity bill for a minimal investment and with easy and simple installation.

Many people in Spain do not dare to home automation for various reasons. Some think it’s complicated; others, that it is somewhat expensive. Currently there are thousands of proposals from different manufacturers, which allow have greater control over our home, to make it more comfortable controlling the temperature for example, or to save money, controlling energy expenditure.

Beyond complex systems that are installed in the construction of houses or proposals for the most advanced in technology, there are devices that help us on a daily basis with a minimal investment of money and time. The best example of this is smart plugs.

 

These devices can be installed in any normal socket and then connect to them the different appliances or devices that we want to automate, for whatever reason. It is not only about being able to control a device from your mobile, but also about being able to establish schedules or manage the energy they use.

Water heater

The most obvious use for these plugs is to control the lights in the house, especially the floor lamps in the living room or on the bedside tables. But this function is only one of them, which can also sometimes be replaced by smart light bulbs.

Beyond that use there is a very obvious one that even in the least technological homes could make sense. It involves using a plug to control the water heater, if it is electric, of course. It is something that more and more people use, partly due to the rise in the price of natural gas or butane cylinders and partly due to the fall in the price of electricity.

These types of heaters use electricity to keep the water hot, but they do so at all times. So, It is possible to configure it so that it is only activated when we are going to use it. For example, if you are away from home all day and return at 7 p.m., it is absurd to have it plugged in at all times, wasting electricity. It is possible to program it to activate one hour before arriving, giving you time to heat the water. Another option is to program it so that, if we are always at home, it heats up when the electricity is cheaper.

Heater

Another device that is very common to have connected to a smart plug is the heater or brazier. Here You have to be careful that the installation is correct and there is no problem unless the device stays connected permanently.

However, in normal use, it is completely safe to use. In fact, there are even models that already have the remote control option, like those from Xiaomi. But with a smart plug it is possible to do this with radiators, oil radiators… An advantage is being able to turn on a heater before you go to the room you are in, so that when we arrive it is already heated.

Aquarium

If you have an aquarium at home, it is possible that the lighting depends on a different power line than the rest of the fish tank. This lighting can be controlled remotely from your mobile phone, or programmed to turn on when the sun goes down automatically.

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Also, like house lights, can be programmed randomly when we are awayin case you want to give the impression that there is someone at home, although in this case it should be seen from the outside to fulfill that purpose.

Router

There are some devices that usually never turn off. A good example is the routers used in homes to connect to the Internet. However, sometimes it is necessary to do so due to a network or device failure.

Since these devices are usually in inaccessible places and the sockets under the living room furniture are difficult to reach. That’s why installing a smart plug if we tend to have problems with the Internet connection and have to restart it from time to time is not a bad idea.

Irrigation system

In large homes, with patios where there is an irrigation system, it is possible to have it controlled automatically using smart plugs. In this case, programming will be the most used function, being able to choose the days and hours.

Of course, in this case, being outside, it is a good idea buy a plug that has protection against water and dust. There are no plugs that have the same protection as mobile phones, but there are some that perfectly resist rain, splashes, etc.

Pool purifier

A similar use to the previous one is to put it in the pool purifier. In this way, it is possible for cleaning to be done automatically at the scheduled times. In this case It is important to check that the Wi-Fi connection is strong because they are usually located far from the router.

Smart plugs are typically the most versatile home automation devices you can buy, and they’re not even expensive. The simplest models usually cost just over 10 euros, although if purchased in packs of four the price is even lower. Those that are weather resistant go up, but do not reach 20 euros.

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