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Smart Plugs: What they do and how to best use them
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Smart plugs are easy to use and inexpensive, but how useful are they really? We’ve come up with a few methods to maximize this smart home accessory’s potential.

With the help of smart plugs, you may put your worries to rest, improve your daily routine, determine whether you require a new appliance, and much more.

Automating your home with smart plugs is a breeze. A lamp or other regular electric equipment can be instantly transformed into something “smart” by just plugging it into the smart plug.

Benefits of smart plugs

Smart plugs are a terrific way to save money on your energy bill because you can talk to your house and have it reply with actions. If you use the smart plug app’s scheduling feature, you can set your lights, for example, to only turn on when you’re home, saving energy while you’re away.

Smart plugs are also helpful in protecting your home from fire threats. If you frequently use heat-powered appliances, such as a curling iron or a clothes iron, you can turn them off remotely from your phone by putting them into a smart plug. Because of this, your smart plug can come to the rescue if you forget to turn it off before you leave for the day.

How to best use smart plugs?

You can now use your phone to turn it on and off, set a schedule for when it turns on and off, and even track how much energy it uses. In today’s world, smart plugs are a must in every home. Smart plugs can be used in various ways, but we’ve compiled a list of the most common ones.

  • Stop burglars from breaking into your home while you’re away

This is one of the most often cited reasons for purchasing a smart plug. You can keep your lights on all day as a visual deterrent for burglars, but this isn’t ideal, especially if you plan to be away from home. Even if you don’t turn on the lights, leaving them on all the time could signify that you’re not home. Schedules are available on many smart plugs, allowing you to keep lights and radios on or off while you’re gone. Additionally, our Best Buys have an “away mode,” which periodically turns the device on and off at odd times, making it less predictable and more believable.

  • Enjoy a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee when you first wake up

A smart plug can be programmed to switch on your coffee maker in the morning if it does not have an integrated timer. For more complicated coffee machines, make sure that turning the machine on and filling it with water is enough to get things started. Smart plugs can help those who drink tea in the wee hours of the morning. Set your smart plug to turn on the socket just before waking up to have your tea in record time after filling your kettle and turning on the switch the night before.

  • Keep up with your favorite radio programs at all times

Set a smart plug to turn on the radio for you every day at the same time if you listen to the radio at the same time every day. A smart speaker can also be used to set reminders and then play a radio station of your choice when the timer expires if you have one.

  • Cook to perfection

To switch on your slow cooker, utilize a method similar to the one described above. Fill it up with your ingredients, set the timer on the smart plug, and have a delicious one-pot supper waiting for you when you get home.

  • Take good care of your fish

To maintain a healthy day/night cycle for your fish, you may want to set your fish tank or aquarium lights on a timer. In addition, you can use it to make sure that your aquarium’s plants receive adequate light. For those who feed their fish frequently, it’s a convenient way to turn off the pump without messing with cords or physical switches behind or inside the aquarium tank.