You can save electricity in various ways: turn off electrical appliances that are not used, turn off the light leaving the room, use electrical appliances strictly according to instructions, replace conventional light bulbs with energy-saving ones (for example, with smart light bulbs from TP-Link), etc. But almost all these tips create some inconvenience, limit us and make our life more complicated.Fortunately, high technologies are developing quickly and it is now possible to purchase devices that help save energy. Speech in this article will go about Tp-link Smart Wi-Fi Plug. At the moment there are two models: HS100 and HS110.
The older model differs from the younger model only by the presence of the function “Monitoring of energy consumption”. With the help of these outlets it is possible to conveniently and most importantly remotely control connected devices, configure automatic disconnection and switching on of devices on a schedule, set a work timer and even view energy consumption statistics in real time, or for a certain period (day, week, month).
How to save electricity with a Smart Wi-Fi Plug TP-Link?
The most popular way is to set up a schedule for the operation of some gluttonous heating, ventilation, or other device. Or to control this device manually, but remotely (you can turn it on / off via the Internet, wherever you are). Most often through these sockets connect the boiler. The maximum load that these sockets endure is 16 A (3.68 kW power). So the boiler can be connected without problems.
Does the electricity save the boiler turning off when no one is at home, or at night? I think yes. Of course, it’s no use to turn off the boiler for 2-3 hours. The water in it will only cool down and it will have to be heated again. And it’s not very convenient to do it manually. Moreover, the boiler heats the water not very quickly, and it is necessary that it is switched on in advance before you come home (about 2-3 hours before you need hot water).
But with the TP-Link outlet, you can set the boiler to automatically turn off at 22:00 and turn on at 05:00. And if you have a whole day no one is home, the boiler can still be turned off for example at 09:00 and turn on at 16:00. Well, you can at any time include it remotely from your smartphone, through the application Kasa. And at the dacha it is not a substitute thing at all. Why heat the water all week, or wait for warm water for several hours after your arrival, if you can turn on the boiler in advance and your arrival will already be hot water. True, this requires a stable Internet.
This is just one of the options for using the smart socket TP-Link to save power. You can also use these sockets to control the devices. Connect the iron via HS100 or HS110, and you will always have the opportunity to check whether it is turned off or not.
Smart Wi-Fi Plug : How it works?
You need to connect and configure our smart outlet. I have Smart Wi-Fi Plug TP-Link HS110, but for HS100 the instruction will not differ.
Install the Kasa app on your phone (from the App Store, or from Google Play). Important! To be able to control the outlet via the Internet (not only when you are connected to the router), you need to register an account in Kasa and enter it.
Plug the socket into the mains and wait until the indicator on the socket starts flashing yellow and green (if this does not happen, press and hold the button with the gear for 5 seconds).
Then on the phone go to the settings of Wi-Fi and connect to the Wi-Fi network, which will broadcast the outlet (until we configure it). Network without password. After connecting to the outlet open the application Kasa and click on the button “+” (add the device). Next, choose the type of device “Smart Plug” and click “Next”.
Next, check the connection to the outlet and a window will appear where you need to set a name for our outlet and select the icon (you can make your photo). Then you need to select the WiFi network of our router (most likely it will be selected by default) and specify a password from it. That the socket could connect to the Internet. Perhaps after the connection it will offer to update the firmware – agree.
When the setting is completed, the indicator on Smart Wi-Fi Plug HS100 or HS110 will turn green. And the outlet itself will appear in the device list in the Kasa application.
Simply plug into the outlet the right device, the same boiler, and manage its power through the application from the phone.
As you can see in the settings, it’s not difficult to understand. Now I will show how you can see the power consumption, adjust the timer and the boiler (in our case) according to the schedule.
Controlling the appliance through the Smart Wi-Fi Plug TP-Link.
We click on our socket in the list of Kasa device devices and immediately see the current load on the network and the operating time of the device today. Let me remind you that this function is only available for the TP-Link HS110. If you click on these indicators, then more detailed statistics will be opened. With the data for today, 7 days and a month.
And if you click on the button in the form of a gear in the upper right corner, then the settings of the outlet will open. There you can change the name, icon, remove the device and disable, or enable remote access.
There are three tabs in the application:
Schedule – you can add schedules to enable or disconnect the appliance connected to the socket by time and days of the week. This mode is ideal for setting up the boiler to save energy.
Away is the “no home” mode. There you can set the time at which the socket will turn your device on and off. For example, lighting. When you are not at home, but you need to create the appearance that there is someone there.
Timer – the usual timer. Set the time that the socket will turn on, or turn off our device.
Let’s take a closer look at setting up the schedule, since this function interests us the most.
Go to the “Schedule” tab and click on “+” to add the schedule. From below we select the days in which this rule will work. For example, from Monday to Friday. Then choose the mode. ON – power on, or OFF – power on. And set the time in which this rule will work.
For example, if we need the boiler to be turned off from 22:00 to 05:00, then you need to create two rules. The first one will turn off the boiler at 10:00 (PM), and the second switch it on at 5:00 (AM).
You can create two more rules that will turn off the boiler at 9:00 AM and turn on at 4:00 PM. These rules can be turned off, edited, or deleted.
You can also manually turn on and off the power through the socket using the button in the application.
In this way, you can connect absolutely any device, not just a boiler. Just do not forget about the technical characteristics of the outlet and the connected device (load and power).