What is a smart plug?
Make your electronics smart, with a smart plug!
These handy devices may resemble an ordinary plug, but they are actually quite different.
They are usually controlled via an app, and allow you to turn on or off any electronic appliance that plugs into a standard wall socket remotely. Meaning you can use it with your TV, lights, coffee maker, AC and more.
There are also quite a few benefits to owning a smart plug, such as cutting down on energy costs. Because you are automatically turning off your devices when not needed, so you won’t be wasting any electricity in case you have forgotten to switch anything off. Also, many smart plugs come with the ability to monitor your energy usage too.
Additionally, smart plugs are a pretty convenient too with the scheduling feature, allowing you to set your coffee maker to turn on the morning before you even get out of bed, or have your bedside lamp turn off just as you drift off to sleep.
They are even good for security reasons, as you can have your lights turn on and off while you are traveling, to appear as if someone is home.
Today, we’ll be looking at the best smart plugs that work with Alexa.
Connecting your smart plug with Alexa allows you to use voice commands, making the whole experience even more efficient and fun.
All you need in order to take advantage of this feature is a smart device with the Alexa app installed, as well as a smart speaker such as Echo Dot or Echo Show.
The type of voice commands you could use are:
“Alexa, switch on the coffee maker”
“Alexa, switch off the lamp”
“Alexa, switch on the fan”.
Imagine how great it would be after a long night to just simply ask Alexa to turn off the light you forgot downstairs, or even ask Alexa to turn on the heating as you’re getting out of bed on a chilly morning. A simple pleasure such as having your morning coffee already brewing before you even get to the kitchen is enough to put a smile on your face.
So let’s get right to it and check out some of the smart plugs that you can include in your home.