78 Cool, Creative Uses For a Smart Plug (Bet You Haven’t Thought of These!)

In the era of smart homes, the humble smart plug often goes unnoticed. Many of us consider them merely as tools for turning lights on and off, but these compact devices are capable of so much more. Beyond simple tasks, smart plugs are your secret weapon for a seamlessly automated home, adding layers of convenience, safety, and energy efficiency.

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Without further ado, here’s the list:

  1. Control of Home Appliances: Using a smart plug, you can schedule when appliances like your coffee maker turn on and off.
  1. Home Lighting: Smart plugs can be used to control lamps or other lighting fixtures, either through scheduling or remote control.
  1. Remote Control of Devices: By connecting devices to a smart plug, you can remotely control them through your smartphone, even when you’re away from home.
  1. Energy Savings: You can use smart plugs to turn off devices that use power even when in standby mode, saving on your energy bills.
  1. Home Security: By controlling lights or a radio, you can create the appearance that someone is home, even when you’re away.
  1. Device Charging: You can use a smart plug to control when devices like your smartphone or tablet charge, preventing overcharging.
  1. Gaming Control: If you want to manage how much time your children (or you!) spend gaming, you can plug your gaming console into a smart plug and schedule when it can be used.
  1. Holiday Decorations: You can connect your holiday lights or other decorations to a smart plug to control when they turn on and off.
  1. Slow Cookers: If you have a slow cooker without a timer, you can plug it into a smart plug to control when it turns on and off.
  1. Space Heaters: By plugging a space heater into a smart plug, you can control when it heats and ensure it’s not left on accidentally.
  1. Fans: Fans can be plugged into a smart plug for remote control or scheduling.
  1. Control of Electric Blankets: To ensure your bed is warm when you get in, you can connect your electric blanket to a smart plug.
  1. Washing Machines: If your washing machine isn’t already programmable, you could use a smart plug to control when it runs its cycles.
  1. Baby Monitors: You can use a smart plug to control a baby monitor, ensuring it’s only on when needed.
  1. Portable Air Conditioners: Similar to space heaters, you can use a smart plug to schedule when your portable air conditioner turns on and off.
  1. Home Theater Systems: You can connect your home theater system to a smart plug to control when it turns on and off, saving energy when it’s not in use.
  1. WiFi Routers: If your WiFi router occasionally needs to be reset, you can use a smart plug to turn it off and on again.
  1. Computer Systems: You can use a smart plug to control your computer or other related devices to save energy.
  1. Morning Routine: You can automate your morning routine. For example, you can have your electric kettle start boiling water for your tea or coffee at the same time your alarm goes off.
  1. Safer Curling Irons/Flat Irons: If you often forget to unplug your curling iron or flat iron, you can set a timer on your smart plug to automatically turn it off after a certain amount of time.
  1. Night Lights: You can schedule a lamp or a nightlight to turn on when it’s time for your child to go to bed and to turn off once they’re asleep.
  1. Aquariums and Terrariums: You can schedule lights, filters, and heaters to maintain optimal conditions for your aquatic or terrestrial pets.
  1. Hot Tubs: If you own a hot tub, you can use a smart plug to schedule when the heater turns on and off, ensuring it’s warm when you want to use it and saving energy when you don’t.
  2. Plant Lights: If you’re growing plants indoors, you can schedule grow lights to mimic a natural day/night cycle.
  1. Home Servers: If you run a home server or other technology that may need to be regularly rebooted, you can use a smart plug to schedule resets.
  1. Humidifiers/Dehumidifiers: You can use a smart plug to schedule a humidifier or dehumidifier to run at optimal times for your comfort and health.
  1. Air Purifiers: Similarly, air purifiers can be scheduled to run when needed, improving the air quality in your home.
  1. Exercise Equipment: If you have electronic exercise equipment, such as a treadmill, you can use a smart plug to ensure it’s off when not in use to save energy.
  1. Sump Pumps: In certain cases, you might want to ensure your sump pump is functioning correctly. Some smart plugs can monitor energy use and notify you if it changes, which might indicate a problem with the pump.
  1. Outdoor Lights: You can use a smart plug (make sure it’s rated for outdoor use) to control your outdoor lights based on a schedule or sunset/sunrise times.
  1. Automated Sprinklers: If you have a home garden or lawn, you can plug your automated sprinklers into a smart plug to have better control over the watering times.
  1. Apartment Complexes: In an apartment complex, a smart plug can be used to control shared resources such as washing machines or common area lighting, ensuring they are used efficiently.
  1. Elderly Care: Smart plugs can be used in the homes of elderly individuals to remotely control appliances and ensure their comfort and safety.
  1. Window Air Conditioners: You can use a smart plug to schedule when your window air conditioner turns on and off, saving energy and ensuring the room is cool when you need it.
  1. Battery Chargers: If you’re charging batteries, a smart plug can help you control the charging process, turning off power when the batteries are fully charged.
  1. Pool Pumps: For swimming pools, you can use a smart plug to control your pool pump, ensuring it’s only running when needed.
  1. Fountain Pumps: Similar to pool pumps, a smart plug can help you control your fountain pump. You can schedule when it turns on and off.
  1. Robotic Vacuums: If your robotic vacuum doesn’t already have scheduling features, you can use a smart plug to control when it charges.
  1. Radios: To wake up to music in the morning, you can use a smart plug to schedule when your radio turns on.
  1. TVs: You can use a smart plug to control when your TV is on, helping to manage screen time for yourself or your children.
  1. Irrigation Systems: For larger irrigation systems, smart plugs can offer automated and remote control, helping save water and ensure your plants get watered at the right times.
  1. Heat Lamps for Pets: If you have pets that require a heat lamp, such as reptiles, you can use a smart plug to control the lamp.
  1. Electric Gates: You can connect your electric gate opener to a smart plug to control and monitor it remotely.
  1. Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: If you have a home EV charger, you can manage its operation with a smart plug, scheduling your car to charge during off-peak electricity hours.
  1. Soda Machines: If you have a soda machine at home, you can use a smart plug to save energy when it’s not in use.
  1. Beer Brewing: Home beer brewing often requires precise control of temperature and timing. Smart plugs can provide an automated solution for that.
  1. Garage Door Openers: You can connect your garage door opener to a smart plug to control and monitor it remotely.
  1. Outdoor Heating Lamps: For outdoor spaces, you can connect your heating lamps to a smart plug to control them based on your needs and conserve energy.
  1. Phone Booths or Charging Stations: In public spaces, you can manage the operational hours of phone booths or charging stations with smart plugs.
  1. Electric Grills: Electric grills can be managed with a smart plug, scheduling them to turn on before mealtime.
  1. Landscape Lighting: Smart plugs can be used to automate the operation of landscape lighting based on time or other triggers.
  1. Sauna: If you have a home sauna, a smart plug can be used to preheat it before use.
  1. Water Heaters: Some people use smart plugs to control their water heaters, turning them on just before they need hot water and off when not in use to save energy.
  1. Sound Systems: Smart plugs can be used to control sound systems or home theater equipment, ensuring they’re not left on unnecessarily.
  1. Aquaponic or Hydroponic Systems: These systems often require pumps, lights, and other equipment that can be controlled by smart plugs.
  1. Art Exhibitions or Museums: Smart plugs can control the lighting or interactive displays based on a schedule or occupancy sensors, like the Ecobee sensor.
  1. Outdoor Projector: If you have an outdoor projector for movie nights, a smart plug can automate its operation.
  1. Battery-Powered Backup Systems: If you have a battery backup system for your home, a smart plug can be used to manage its charging schedule.
  1. Scientific Experiments: For certain lab setups, smart plugs can be used to control equipment based on time or other factors.
  1. In-store Displays: Retail stores can use smart plugs to control their in-store display lights or interactive screens.
  1. Control of Music Instruments: If you have electric music instruments or amplifiers that need to be turned on/off at certain times, a smart plug can automate this process.
  1. Heated Towel Rails: In your bathroom, you can connect a heated towel rail to a smart plug to warm your towels for when you need them and save energy when you don’t.
  1. Air Fresheners: If you use an electronic air freshener, a smart plug could be used to schedule when it operates, ensuring your home smells great when you arrive home but saving power when nobody’s around.
  1. Heating Pads or Blankets: If you use heating pads for pain relief or comfort, a smart plug can ensure they’re warm when you need them.
  1. Home Hair Salons: Tools like hair dryers, curling irons, or UV nail lamps could be controlled by smart plugs to ensure they’re only on when in use.
  1. Charging of Drones or RC Cars: If you’re into drones or RC cars, a smart plug can ensure your batteries are charged for when you want to use them but aren’t overcharged.
  1. Smart Mirrors: If you have a smart mirror that doesn’t need to be on all the time, you can use a smart plug to control it.
  1. Security Camera Systems: Certain security camera systems can be rebooted or controlled using a smart plug.
  1. Lightboxes or Photography Equipment: For photography enthusiasts, a smart plug can control your lightboxes or other photography equipment.
  1. Control of UV Sanitization Devices: UV sanitizing lights, often used in healthcare or food industry settings, could be controlled by a smart plug to operate only when necessary.
  1. Outdoor Fridge/Freezer: An outdoor or garage fridge or freezer could be connected to a smart plug to monitor its power usage.
  1. Fog Machines: For event or home use, a fog machine could be controlled by a smart plug to operate at specific times or conditions.
  1. Eco Mode: Connect multiple devices to the smart plug and set to “eco mode” during the hours you’re not home to save energy.
  1. Digital Signage: You can control the operation hours of digital signage using a smart plug.
  1. Lab Equipment: In an educational or professional lab, smart plugs can be used to manage the power to certain pieces of equipment.
  1. Smart Kitchens: In a smart kitchen setup, various appliances like an oven, fridge, or dishwasher can be connected to smart plugs for better energy management and convenience.
  1. Virtual Assistants: Connect your virtual assistant, like Alexa, device to a smart plug to ensure it’s off when not in use, for privacy and energy-saving purposes.
  1. Desks and Office Furniture: Some desks and office furniture come with built-in outlets that could be connected to a smart plug for better power management.

Smart plugs are much more than a gadget to turn your lights on and off from your phone. They offer an abundance of practical, creative, and, sometimes, unexpected uses to streamline your life, save energy, and add convenience.

From controlling aquarium lights to managing lab equipment, these versatile devices are revolutionizing the way we interact with everyday objects in our homes and workplaces. 

The myriad of applications for smart plugs is limited only by our imagination. As smart homes continue to evolve, who knows what new possibilities will open up?

I encourage you to use your imagination and see what you can come up with. Let me know your unique uses in the comments, and I’ll get them added to the list!

I hope that this guide has given you fresh ideas on how to use your smart plugs or perhaps even convinced you to get one if you haven’t already. 

Josh

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