It’s the thing that’s been on my To-Do list for a couple of years now. It’s the next step in my family’s green journey. It’s the subject that I totally love reading about… how to create a smart home. I’ve wanted to bring my 1920’s Colonial Home into the modern age with smart home products, but have only hesitated because of the time and budget that I thought it took to do so. Luckily, I found out that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to turn ANY home into a smart home… even one built almost a century ago!
Our home sits in the historic district of our town and to be honest, there’s not that much that is modern inside, other than our belongings. That’s all about to change thanks to the TP-Link smart home products that we’re beginning to add.
First up, we chose to install the Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch. It was, perhaps, the most difficult to change out of the 3 smart home products I was sent, but that’s simply because you have to do a bit of work to switch out any type of light switch.
We did have to install a couple of times, only because we couldn’t get the light switch to work on a 3 way light in our kitchen. Instead, we installed in our living room, which is at the front of our home and one that we like to turn on at night when we’re at home.
I know you want to know exactly what makes this light switch so smart, right? Well, there are a couple of reasons that I’m completely loving it and ready to update more of our light switches.
First, you can control your lighting from anywhere… in your home, away from home with the mobile app, in your home with voice activation [these smart home products work with Amazon’s Echo, Dot, and Tap]. I’m thinking that on dark nights when you come home late, it’d be great to be able to walk inside your home and already have the lights on – without leaving them on the whole time you were gone.
Speaking of saving energy, that’s another great feature. You can easily see if you’ve left the light on within the app, as well as see your average energy usage. Being able to set customized schedules is also a great way to save energy.
While controlling your lights remotely with your phone is super cool, it’s still possible to tap the light switch to manually turn your lights on and off.
Kasa, is the mobile app that helps you to control your smart home products remotely. The app is a free download and even walks you through the setup process of your new appliances. I found this SO easy to use and definitely preferred it over written instructions on a card or booklet within the package.
We’ve also been using the Wi-Fi Smart Plug pretty regularly since installing it… can you really say “install” when it’s as simple as plugging the smart home products in and connecting to your Wi-Fi? It’s really easier than connecting a new smart TV, actually!
Right now we have our fan plugged into the smart plug, but I definitely plan on using it for our Christmas tree when we put it up in a week or so. I think it’ll be a great way to set a schedule for the lights to be on, while also watching the energy usage of the season. This plug can literally turn any appliance into a smart home appliance and it only costs $29.99.
While all you need to control your smart home products remotely is the free Kasa app on your smartphone, I’ve definitely been thinking about taking our new-to-us smart home up a notch by bringing all our appliances together with Amazon’s Alexa. I love that there are so many options when creating a smart home AND that it can really be way more affordable than I ever imagined.
Visit TP-L to learn more about their affordable, wifi-friendly line of Smart Home products, and save even more when you use code TPLinkSmart for 20% off your purchase through December 31st.