In September 2018, we asked members of team Bulb to help us run an experiment. We tested a bunch of different smart plugs to see if they were a useful energy saving device.
Overall, we didn’t find them as useful as we’d hoped but we’d love to get them into your hands to see if you agree.
Smart plugs work with mobile apps to give extra controls to your appliances
A smart plug is a device that you can plug in at home to give you control over your appliances remotely. You can turn your appliances on and off and monitor your energy usage using your smartphone. And some devices work with existing services from Google, Apple and Amazon.
Team Bulb didn’t find their smart plugs that useful
We struggled to get the smart plugs set up and found that because they only control one gadget at a time, they were an expensive way of understanding energy usage.
Some Community members weren’t overly surprise at the outcome.
Do you want to test the smart plugs?
But, like we said in our blog post, although we’re always up for finding ways to save energy, we’re not professional gadget reviewers. So we’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback.
We’ve still got four smart plugs and we don’t want them to go to waste. Instead, we thought we’d try a new experiment; send them to you to review.
If you’re interested in testing a smart plug, here’s what you need to do:
- Post below to register your interest
- I’ll send you an email to arrange sending the smart plug
- Spend 2 weeks using the smart plug, noting down;
- Write up a your experiences for Community to read