With the skyrocketing cost of electrical energy and given the growing dependence on electricity in our homes with more and more equipment, appliances and devices that we have to have connected to the current, reducing electricity consumption to a minimum has become more important than ever if we do not want to have to pay a small fortune at the end of the month.
How can we do it? Well a quick way would be change all household appliances for new ones with better energy efficiency and integrated smart consumption options, although of course, it would entail a high cost that not many of us are willing to assume.
Another possibility is to add in homes a device that allows us to smart on and off of household appliances, thus helping us save a few euros each month. This is precisely the objective of the so-called smart plugs and then we are going to review some of the real uses we can make of them to help us lower the electricity bill.
What is a smart plug and what is it for?
Before getting into the subject, and in case you don’t know what exactly is a smart plug, to point out that they are small devices in the shape of a female plug that we connect to an electrical outlet on the wall and whose functionality lies in the possibility of control the passage of current through it remote form.
Most of these devices connect via WiFi (2.4 GHz band), but there are also those with Bluetooth and with Zigbee y Z-Wave. In the last two cases they will require an additional hub to act as an intermediary between the router and the device.
Once its installation and configuration is completed, we can operate the plug from the mobile, but there are also those that allow you to control them with your voice and are compatible with the respective ecosystems and assistants, such as Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri.
This will basically allow us to allow or not allow electricity to pass through the device, schedule schedules for the current to pass and monitor electricity consumption on some models.
They are ideal for turn on, turn off, program simple devices, that work by connecting directly to the current, or that have a mechanical manual switch that we must leave activated.
How to save on your electricity bill with a smart plug
Okay, once we are clear about what a smart plug is and the basic functions it offers, let’s point out some of the most common usage options that can help us save on our electricity bill.
To begin with, if we have a heating system with electric radiators of classic type, without an integrated programmer as happens in the most modern models, we can use the plug to decide what time they turn on so that for example they turn off when we are not going to use them, such as at night, or that they begin to be functional a few minutes before we go to enter the house. Of course, we must check before connecting the radiators to the socket that it can work with sufficient power.
Most of us have several network equipment that we usually leave on at night because when we get up in the morning it is a nuisance to have to go to where they are installed to turn them on manually. It is for example the case of router, NAS, WiFi adapters or PLC. With a smart plug we can leave them all connected to a power strip and schedule to turn off at night and turn on first thing in the morning.
Appliances that go into standby mode after performing their function, such as washing machines, dishwashers, etc., also consume and waste energy. Be part of the call “phantom consumption” and by connecting them to a smart plug you can prevent them from remaining in stand by when they have finished their program.
If we have a electric thermo As a home water heating system and does not have advanced programming functions, we can use a smart plug so that turn off at night and turn on a couple of hours before we wake up, thus having hot water for the shower without leaving it running all night. In this case, you have to make sure that the thermos is turned on and off directly, that is, it does not remain in standby mode when the power goes out.
Something similar happens with other systems of heating and air conditioning whose on and off we can program as long as they do not have that standby mode after the power goes out.
If we have many devices at home that require electric recharge, a good way to save is to connect to a smart plug a strip with all the chargers we need. We program the plug to turn on at dawn, when the price of electricity is cheaper, and all equipment will recharge at that time saving a few cents every day.
Of course, they help us to monitor the electricity consumption of the different devices that we connect to them (a function that the most advanced plugs have), something that can help raise awareness about how much we are spending at all times and that will surely allow us to save a few euros in the long run.
Have we left any appliance on when we leave home? It is a question that has happened to us more than once. If we use smart plugs in the most commonly used equipment, we can check it remotely and verify that they are not wasting valuable watts.
If we are to use electric blankets at nightWhether they are small or large, we can use a smart plug to prevent them from being on for too long or forgetting that we have them on.
They can also help us in the event that we have a system of exterior or interior lighting that we want to leave on only for a few hours or specific moments. For example, we can program that the garden lights turn on by themselves when it begins to dusk and that they turn off at dawn or early in the morning without spending excessively.
We can also automate lights for Christmas and other festivities like Halloween, so that they do not stay on at night wasting energy without us noticing.
Source: Xataka Smart Home by www.xatakahome.com.
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