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- I bought a $25 Amazon outlet for $.99, and it turned my normal apartment into a smart home.
- It can start a pot of coffee or power on my TV just by using my voice or the Amazon Alexa app.
- I have a few plugged in my apartment set to daily routines, like turning lights on in the morning.
If you think living in a smart home requires an array of connected tech and appliances, I’m here to tell you otherwise. Despite living in a mostly basic brownstone apartment in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, I’m able to turn on my lights, start a pot of coffee, or even play music on the
speaker in my bedroom all by using my smartphone or just talking out loud.
And it’s a $25 smart plug I bought on Amazon that lets me do it.
To be clear, I do have more than one of these plugged in around my apartment and also utilize an Amazon Echo for the voice commands. But don’t let this deter you: you can still turn your living space smart with a single one of these plugs and the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone. And although you’d need to pick just one device to utilize it for, you need to start your smart home journey somewhere, right?
This was exactly my thinking when I first came across the plug earlier this year. After being intrigued enough by its seemingly inexpensive $24.99 price tag, I soon discovered Amazon was running a deal that made buying one too good to pass up. By using the fitting promo code of “PLUG,” I was able to snag one for just .99.
Yes, you read that correctly: I bought a modest outlet plug that helped bring my living space into the 21st Century for less than a dollar.
I don’t think you’ll be disappointed regardless. From the moment I started being able to talk to my appliances to turn them on, I was hooked. After plugging it in and setting up the Alexa app, all I needed to say was a simple, “Alexa, turn on ESPN,” or, “Alexa, start the coffee,” and mere seconds stood between me and those actions being carried out.
I’ve even configured routines that automatically turn on or off lights around my apartment at specific times. For instance, I’ve set the lamp in my bedroom to turn on at a dim setting in the morning which has been a far more pleasant way to wake up than fumbling for the alarm on my smartphone.
I now have a few of these set up in my living room, kitchen, and bedroom and long gone are the days of manually turning on my television or flicking on the lights. And although I wouldn’t consider my apartment the epitome of a state-of-the-art smart home, the fact it listens to and carries out a few voice commands has made it far more modern than when I moved in.