No home is truly high tech without having the best smart plug system in place. They transform the way you live and interact with all your everyday appliances and gadgets, and investing in them is a smart — get it? — choice that can save you lots of time and money on your electricity bills. Also, it's pretty cool to be able to turn off your bedroom lights or shut off your Crock-Pot while you're away.
There are all kinds of different smart plugs out there. Some plugs feature voice control, while others give you remote access via your smartphone. There are also devices that will work better with specific smart plugs and vice versa. So, when you're shopping for the right smart plug (or plugs) for your home, make sure you pick one that's compatible with your existing technology. For example, if your home features a Nest Thermostat and you want to save energy by adjusting it remotely, you'll need a smart plug that's Nest compatible.
And if you plan on using your plugs when you're away from home, one with advanced scheduling features and remote options is a must. Most plugs actually offer an "Away" mode that'll automatically switch your lights on and off at set times, making it appear as if someone is home and effectively warding off burglars.