Did you know that you can retrofit old electrical outlets with smart outlets that are app friendly? Simply plug in your appliances into these new outlets and you can control them with your phone. Best of all, they’re very cheap compared to buying all new appliances!
Smart Outlets or “Smart Plugs” are the next generation of devices that stand in between your wall socket and anything you want to plug into it (Refrigerator, Air Conditioner or even your coffee pot, etc) .
What Smart Outlets Can Do
- Instantly turn on and off any device from your smartphone – from across the world or just your living room.
- Save money and conserve energy over time by eliminating standby power
- Measure and record the power usage of any device, and increase its operating lifespan through more efficient use and scheduling.
The idea of home automation has been around for years, with systems that let you control the level of lighting in your home, the temperature, what time the doors lock; systems that can open and close the curtains, turn appliances on and off and much more. In the past, these were only available through expensive installations, and controlling them was awkward, requiring elaborate remote controls or wall-mounted panels.
While the comprehensive home installation is still an option (and is still expensive) for giving you the most complete control, there are also now easier accessories that can give you many of the same options, but just need to be plugged in.
The crucial thing these days is that they’re just about all app-connected – with the right download from the App Store, you can take total control of your house from your iPhone or iPad.