With an electric bill skyrocketing in price this summer, it doesn’t hurt to be aware of the different methods with which to achieve this that the impact on our pocket isn’t that great. Beyond having to live like vampires to make your life and plug everything in at night, it’s about knowing which devices consume the most at home and these gadgets that we are now reviewing make it easier.
Instead of doing math to figure out how much the air conditioning, HVAC system, or even the router is spending, these devices make it easier just by plugging them in. In addition, they make it possible to know the consumption of traditional household appliances, which are not integrated into the smart home.
For the review, we’re going to focus on devices that monitor each device individually instead of those that measure the entire household consumption, which are connected to the home’s electrical panel. The individual type is connected to an outlet in the house, and to them, in turn, the device that we want to monitor.
In addition, within this typology, there are those which only measure consumption in real time, only during the time that these devices remain connected and, on the other hand, those which allow access to a consumption history by day and hour of each and that they usually connect to home Wi-Fi.
AVM FRITZ! DECT 200
We start with this Fritz connected plug model, which allows you to remotely activate any device thanks to the Wi-Fi connection, but also to make plans and of course, to know the energy consumption, at the same time. both in real time and in historical form. A plug that can be found for a price close to 50 euros in stores like Amazon or PcComponentes.
AVM FRITZ! DECT 200 International – Smart socket, Smart Home, DECT ULE, programmable and controllable via the Internet, Interface in Spanish
More economical is this model from Teckin. For a little over 23 euros, we can control what a device spends at home. Thanks to the Wi-Fi connectivity, we can see the consumption in real time and access a history with the data of the device that we have connected. There is no shortage of programming and scene creation functions.
This D-Link smart plug is the DSP-W218. A compact model that allows us to know the consumption of the device that we have connected and at the same time to create schedules to turn it off and on according to our needs and thus take advantage of the cheapest rates. A model that has a price of 14.99 euros PcComponentes and on Amazon.
D-Link DSP-W218 Wi-Fi Smart Plug with Power Consumption Control, Mini, Works with Amazon Alexa (Echo and Echo Dot), Google Home, Remote On / Off Control via Free App
This Meross smart plug comes in a pack of two units and measures the consumption of the device we have connected, both in real time and in history. Thanks to Wi-Fi connectivity and the Meross app, it allows remote control and is also compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant and SmartThings. The two-unit pack is priced at 19.99 euros on Amazon.
Smart socket, measures consumption Wi-Fi smart socket 16A 3680W, with Meross App remote control Compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant and SmartThings. Package of 2. MSS310
TP HS 110 link
The Tp-Link smart plug allows you to turn devices on and off from anywhere as it is connected to the 2.4GHz home Wi-Fi network. However, it can be programmed using the KASA app intuitively from Android or iOS. It has an “out of home” mode, which turns it on and off to deter potential thieves and lets you know consumption, both in real time and in history. It can be found for around 62 euros.
TP-LINK HS11 smart plug
For 17.14 euros we have the Xiaomi XM500008. A connected outlet that detects the power consumption of devices in real time and detects potential savings. We can control it through the Mi Home app or through the Alexa voice assistant and Google Assistant.
Xiaomi XM500008 – Mi Smart Plug Expansion Remote Control Device (Remote Plug)
Real time counters
So many files that allow real-time knowledge of the consumption of each device, but thanks to mobile applications, they also provide access to a history of consumption over time.
Next to these we have meters which are connected between the socket and the device but which do not allow us to know the history of consumption (except in one case in the list). They are cheaper but also more limited and they are among the most interesting.
Gafild consumption meter
The Gafild is a current consumption meter which, thanks to an LCD screen, allows us to know directly the consumption of the device that we have connected. It has overload protection, you can price electricity and it can be found under 18 euros on Amazon.
Gafild Energy Meter current consumption meter, energy cost meter with LCD display, overload protection, 3680W
CSL Bearwear Meter | 302737
This CSL counter is even simpler. A device that can measure and calculate the energy consumption and costs of connected devices with a power range between 0.1 and 3680W. It has a 1.9 inch LCD screen for providing information and is priced at 13.85 euros.
CSL – Energy cost meter – Energy consumption meter – Dual rate – 3680W
ZHURUI PR10-C EU16A
More complex than the previous one and also offering more information, we find the ZHURUI PR10-C EU16A. With its 2.4 inch TFT color LCD screen, it can offer more data and can measure a variety of power, power factor, voltage, current, frequency, accumulated electricity consumption, accumulated electricity bill, time accumulated electricity, single-use electricity consumption … It can be found for 54.13 euros on Amazon. It is the only one of those who are not connected that offers access to a consumption history.
ZHURUI PR10-C EU16A (German plug) household power outlet / household energy meter / energy recorder / electricity meters / 16 units of coins
The SCHWAIGER -661576 is a different model from the others, as the socket appears in a separate body of the screen. This model makes it possible to measure and calculate the current energy consumption of a connected device, as well as the intensity of the current, the power, the voltage, the costs of electricity, the frequency of the network and the CO2 emissions in powers up to 3680W. It can be found for 18.88 euros on Amazon.
And to wrap up the review, we have this striking device. It’s called SwitchBot and more than controlling actual consumption, it allows you to remotely turn on and off any device. It doesn’t require a plug, because it has a long battery life and all it needs is that the device we’re going to be using has a switch, because the SwitchBot is mechanical and what it does is push on the switch as if they were our finger.
This smart button, because it is what it is, simulates our finger when turning a device on and off. Anyone with a push button is compatible with this gadget, which connects to the home’s 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network and allows control via a mobile phone and Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri and even IFTTT. A device that can be found for 18.75 euros on Amazon.
SwitchBot – Smart Switch, no wiring, wireless app or timer control, add to SwitchBot hub, compatible with Alexa, Google Home, HomePod, IFTTT