BGE Smart Home Smart Plugs

What Is a Smart Plug?

The smart plugs in your BGE Smart Home kit enable you to control and monitor household electronics like your entertainment center, small kitchen appliances and office equipment via the BGE Smart Home app on your mobile device. With smart plugs, you can schedule when to turn certain appliances on and off and monitor how much energy they use. This can help identify which household appliances might be using the most energy. You also can view your energy use by day, week, month and year.

Installing Your Smart Plugs

Smart plugs are to be used indoors only. We recommend installing smart plugs on electronics and appliances that use a lot of energy, for example:

  • Dehumidifiers
  • Entertainment centers
  • TV/game consoles
  • Space heaters
  • Office electronics

Plug your electrical devices into the smart plug that you wish to control. The plug of the electrical device you wish to control should fit snugly into the smart plug. Note that you’ll need to apply additional pressure compared to plugging the smart plug into a wall outlet.

Not sure how much energy your appliance or device uses? You can use the smart plug to find out. Just plug your appliance or device into the smart plug and open Smart Plug in the BGE Smart Home app. By pairing your appliances and devices with the smart plug, you can make them smarter and turn them on or off based on the temperature, a routine schedule or when someone is in the room.

Pairing a Smart Plug

In the app, go to Cameras & Devices > Add Devices >  Smart Plug, then place the smart plug in pairing mode.

Step 1: Begin with the device unplugged.

Step 2: Press and hold the white button on top of the plug, while plugging it in.

Step 3: Immediately release the button after the blue status LED turns on (after about two seconds).

Step 4: Your smart plug will reset and go into pairing mode.

Once paired, the app will prompt you to set up rules for your smart plug.

Creating Custom Rules

Here are some ideas for custom rules you can set for your BGE smart plugs:

Goal Required Sensors Sample Rule

I'd like to have my living room lamp turn on when I get home from work at night.

✔ Entry Sensor – Place on a door commonly used when coming home from work.
✔ Smart Plug – Use a smart plug with a lamp that you would like to turn on. Avoid using the smart plug with an outlet operated by a switch, so the smart plug is always powered on.

If

my 'Front Door Entry Sensor' opens

when the time is between 7:00 pm every day and 12:00 am

then

make my 'Living Room Lamp Smart Plug' switch on

I'd like to make sure I turn off my basement light when I go to bed.

Smart Plug – Use a smart plug with a lamp you frequently use in the basement. Avoid using the smart plug with an outlet operated by a switch, so the smart plug is always powered on.

If

I go into 'Sleep' mode

then

make my 'Basement Lamp Smart Plug' switch off

How do I make sure that I turn off the coffee maker when I leave for work?

✔ Smart Plug – Use a smart plug to plug in your coffee maker. Avoid using the smart plug with an outlet operated by a switch, so the smart plug is always powered on.

If

the time is 9:00 am on weekdays

then

make my 'Coffee Maker Smart Plug' switch

off

Tip: Smart plugs default to a 'Save Energy' scenario, which turns off when you are in 'Away' status and will be turned back on when you are back in 'Home' status. The default scenario can be changed in the 'Options' menu of each smart plug you have connected.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Reset the Smart Plug?

1. Begin with the device unplugged.

2. Press and hold the white button on top of the plug, while plugging it in.

3. Immediately release the button after the blue status LED turns on (after about two seconds).

4. Your smart plug will reset.

Does the Smart Plug Provide Energy Consumption Information?

Yes. With your smart plug, you can better understand the energy consumption of your devices. View this information by opening the BGE Smart Home app. Tap Cameras & Devices >  Smart Plug. In the default view, BGE Smart Home first displays the energy consumption of devices plugged into the smart plug in watts and cost per month. To add local electricity rates and other customized information, tap Options. To view the historical information by day, week, month or year, tap View History.