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Revolutionize Your Home with Smart Plugs

Apr 08, 2022
By Karess Rubrico

3 min read

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Want to make your home smarter and more connected, but don’t want to splurge just yet? You don’t have to spend thousands of pesos to make that switch! One of the most affordable ways you can automate your home right now is through a smart plug.

Discover how a simple and savvy device can transform the way you live!

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The basics of smart plugs

A smart plug is a power outlet or adaptor that connects to the Internet through your PLDT Home Fiber Plus Plan. It converts any appliance into a “smart” one, making it possible for you to control these devices through your smartphone or tablet.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Download the smart plug manufacturer’s app onto your smartphone.
  2. Plug the smart adaptor into a functioning electrical outlet.
  3. Connect to the smart plug using the app.
  4. Plug the appliance or device you want to control with your mobile device.

Now, any device connected to your smart plug can be switched on or off from your phone from anywhere in the house!

A smart plug also makes your appliances voice-controllable via Siri, Google, Alexa, and any other compatible personal assistants. That makes it possible for you to switch on or turn off your devices without even lifting a finger!

The wonders of smart plugs

Simply put, a smart plug makes home living relatively easier and more convenient. You can also use this tool to set timers for appliances, scheduling them to switch on or off at specific times. Say you want to go back to a well-lit home after going out, or want to switch on your air conditioner remotely–you can easily do so if you connect them to a smart socket.

If you’re looking for a no-fuss, no-frills option to jumpstart your smart home journey, we recommend the Lifesmart Smart Plug. Besides switching appliances on or off as needed, this useful tool can be paired with multiple devices. It also comes equipped with an energy metering function, which makes usage data available on the Lifesmart app.

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Smart plugs are also energy efficient. A study by the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory states that smart sockets save users 500-1,000 kW a year. That’s because these devices typically use much less energy than the appliances connected to them. Of course, a smart plug won’t drastically minimize the amount on your monthly electricity bill, but making sure that your device is set up efficiently—with appliances running as scheduled—helps you use up less energy and saves you money.

The Lasco Smart Aircon Plug can be used for manual dial window-type air conditioners, so you can use your smartphone as a remote or switch them on and off through voice commands. It also allows you to set an on and off timer for daily use or specific days of the week. What’s more, the Lasco Smart Plug enables you to monitor your usage consumption and convert them into their peso equivalent–helping you manage your expectations, and set your budget in advance.

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Certain brands of smart plugs also come equipped with enhanced safety features. The Xiaomi Smart Plug, for instance, includes a built-in sensor that monitors the device’s internal temperature and sends alerts as heat builds up. The power supply to the plugged device gets automatically cut off when the temperature exceeds a specific level. This feature prevents the likelihood of fires caused by overheating appliances.

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Product Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 2.2 x 1.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Net weight: 0.14 lbs
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz
  • Input: 120V~, 60Hz, 15A Max
  • Output: 120V~, 15A, 1800W(resistive)
  • Supported systems: Devices running Android 4.4 or iOS 9.0 or above

Power up your smart home experience with PLDT Home Fiber Plus Plans

A smart plug is the simplest and most practical way you can start upgrading your home into a smart home. We hope our picks help you start making that transition today!

Of course, building a smart ecosystem at home won’t be complete without fast and reliable WiFi connection. That’s why PLDT Home’s Fiber Plus plans are designed to provide you and your family with seamless coverage, anywhere at home! Click here to learn more about the best plan for your home and lifestyle!

 

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AUTHOR

Karess Rubrico

Karess serves as the lead writer for Next Upgrade’s Productivity and Steals & Deals sections. She is a freelance writer and editor with over 10 years of experience in digital marketing. Outside of work, she takes care of 20+ houseplants and binges on comedies, musicals, and true crime documentaries.

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