I recently got an awfully high electric bill. Too many euros that suddenly went out and warned me: you have to keep an eye on that electricity bill. And knowing that electric water heaters are champions of consumption, it was time to regulate that consumption through an intelligent plug .
And of course, as an Apple user you had to choose one that was HomeKit compatible. The one chosen, which arrived at my house two weeks ago, was Elgato’s Eve Energy. Here is my experience and impressions on how a simple adapter makes you draw up unexpected plans for your whole house.
Let’s be frank: what you see in the latest official announcement of HomeKit is very utopian at the moment. I’m not saying that it can’t be achieved today, but it implies an outlay of money that is too great for the vast majority of people, and having a coffee machine working on its own is not such a necessity for everyone.
The price of these accessories also made me look at HomeKit as something to be adopted gradually, over time. But the need to spend less money on light has made him start taking that step already with the Eve Energy, plugging it into a hard-to-reach electric heater so he can turn it on and off remotely.
The idea is as follows: as I only need hot water to take a shower every morning, I intended to turn the heater on half an hour before that shower and turn it off as soon as I got out of it .
The three pleasant surprises of the installation
The first surprise has already arrived with the installation and configuration of Eve Energy. I thought that setting it up would be more difficult, but it was enough to focus the camera on some numbers in the accessory to link it. A simple dialog box to confirm it and I had HomeKit activated and synchronized with my iCloud.
Another advantage: the socket had to be placed in a place where you have to access it with a ladder and a flashlight, so I configured it in a much more accessible socket in the hope that that configuration would be saved even if I unplugged it later . I was right: after I plugged in the heater the configuration was still there.
Finally, the third good feeling came to me when I configured HomeKit for its remote use through a fourth generation Apple TV . Nothing more complicated than accessing the tvOS settings and verifying that iCloud for HomeKit was enabled, when normally you have to fight with IP addresses and router ports to be able to do this kind of thing.
The “add-on”: one more page in the control center
What does having HomeKit devices at home mean? The Eve Energy has its own application, HomeKit also has its own… Does it imply a lot of extra complication to manage that plug? Well the reality is that it does not . One of the main advantages of HomeKit is that once you get used to using it, it is practically invisible.
The plug automatically turns on thanks to an automation every morning a little before my shower, and I can turn it off just by lifting the control center and accessing a new third page. Quick and easy, but I’m looking forward to having that control center summarized on a single page in iOS 11.
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The only thing that makes me realize that I’m using a remote outlet is when I automate it in some function, and when I consult the consumption graphs. But it’s not something you’re going to do every day, so the extra usage is minimal.
At the moment and according to my first calculations, my introduction to HomeKit is going to save me a minimum of ten euros a month and has already left me wanting to look for more accessories. I don’t have any coffee machines or automatic blinds, but something tells me that the next bulbs I buy will be unconventional. I prize, above all, simplicity .