Why you need a smart plug in your life (and these ones are currently on sale)

Anya Meyerowitz
·2-min read
This is why you need a smart plug in your life. (Getty Images)
This is why you need a smart plug in your life. (Getty Images)

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Have you ever wished that your appliances could do the thinking for you? That your house would just run itself? Or even that you could save energy without having to run around the house every night to switch off all the power points?

Finally, there is an easy, way to make your wishes come true.

Smart plugs are the first easy step into home automation, and they will have you wondering how you ever got by without them.

A smart plug is like a power-point adapter – it fits between your power socket and the appliance you wish to plug in. At its most basic level, it simply turns things on and off. But, when connected to a smart home platform, it becomes a very nifty device.

They are called ‘smart’ because they let you control your appliances from an app on your phone from anywhere.

So how do you control them? Most smart plugs communicate (using your home’s Wi-Fi network) to a central control hub. Then, the hub uses your Wi-Fi to send information to an app on your phone.

Sold? You soon will be.

The best thing is that smart plugs aren’t too pricey but we love to bag a bargain where we can, which is why we plan to take full advantage of the smart plugs included in the Amazon Summer Sale.

No, they’re not the most glamorous item we’ve ever picked up in the sales but they are one of the most useful.

Smart plugs currently on sale in Amazon’s Summer Sale

TP-Link Tapo Smart Plug Wi-Fi Outlet | £10.99 (Was £12.99) 15% off

TECKIN Smart Plug WiFi Outlet Mini Plug Works with Alexa | £15.88 (Was £25.99) 39% off

Kasa Mini Smart Plug by TP-Link | £14.95 (Was £19.99) 25% off

Smart Plug TECKIN WiFi Socket | £30.99 (Was £49.99) 38% off