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By making smart decisions with the help of this iDevices Connected app feature, you can reduce your energy footprint and electric bill. Keep more of that hard-earned money in your pockets (or bank, probably), and do your part in helping Mother Nature — small measures add up quickly. That’s what having a smart home is all about, isn’t it? Adding efficiency and additional purpose to the everyday things in your home, like wall outlets, makes a big difference long-term.
You can access the energy reporting feature on the iDevices Connected app, available on both iOS and Android devices. Besides monitoring the real-time power draw of anything plugged into iDevices smart outlets, you can instantly access reports by day, week, month, year, and all time. Energy reports include estimated cost, as well as average hours used.
What can you monitor?
Glad you asked! Well, just about anything you’d normally plug into an outlet in your home: TVs, game consoles, lamps, fans, heaters, dehumidifiers, air purifiers, computers, chargers – that’s just for starters. Even power strips, though you won’t be able to break out power draw by product. Also, don’t exceed the maximum load, just like a normal outlet.
With Outdoor Switch, you can keep an eye on what you’re paying out for outdoor decorations, lights, heaters, and even that elaborate, possibly (definitely) overdone holiday display. Clark Griswold only wishes he had this energy reporting feature, we think. He's fictional, so it's hard to say. But maybe he could have saved some money and bought that pool without relying on a bonus.
Get localized data
By enabling location services with the iDevices Connected app, you can get the most accurate energy reporting data. The app will show your energy report using the average energy rate for your state or province. If location services aren’t enabled, the national average is shown. Not sure how to enable location services for the app? You can get step-by-step directions here.
Potential for savings = way more than you think
iDevices smart outlets won’t just help you monitor energy consumption – they’ll actually prevent unnecessary power draw and reduce how much electricity you’re using.
Plug-in appliances, electronics and other accessories draw power even when they’re not in use, or after they’re fully charged (think cell phones plugged in all night, or laptops). One 2015 study found this phantom energy draw (also called idle, vampire, and standby energy) adds up to about 1,300 kilowatt-hours a year. USA Today estimated just by utilizing smart outlets, a homeowner could save between $165-$440 a year.
Couple that together with other energy efficiencies found via the smart home universe (smart thermostats, switches, etc…), and the savings really start to add up.
As always, if you have any questions about iDevices products, energy reporting, our app, or smart home in general, don’t hesitate to reach out to our U.S.-based customer experience team: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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