New generation household appliances, especially mid-range ones, are connected to the internet via Wi-Fi and permit a direct reading of consumption via smartphone apps. What about older appliances or those that don’t have these functions? There are other ways to measure consumption, for example, by using smart plugs that indicate in real time how much power is consumed by devices connected to them. The only downside of this solution is having to connect a plug to each device (or groups of devices if using a power strip) and is not always easy to adopt, as in the case of built-in ovens (the plug of which is usually hidden behind the kitchen fitting) or a hot water boiler connected directly to the mains and not via a plug.
The most effective method to date is to use an integrated smart system in plugs and switches that can display consumption in real time, connecting to mobile devices to show and analyse historical trends and possibly analysing loads to prevent excessive consumption from 'tripping' the meter. This particular solution offers the maximum functionality and ease of use. It is scalable, secure and reliable, and has the advantage of integrating elegantly and unobtrusively inside any home environment.
This type of system lets you manage, via a common programmable switch, the different smart elements of your home, from the most banal, such as the lighting system or shutter opening and closing, to the more sophisticated functions such as alarm activation or the measurement of electricity consumption. In addition, it integrates ‘futuristic’ elements such as voice assisted control or IFTTT (If This Then That) programming, which allows automising scenarios and actions when certain events occur. A simple example of a programmable scenario is one that automatically switches the lights off when no one is at home.