Smappee provides a number of interesting Triggers and associated Actions to control your Comfort Plugs.
You can define as many triggers as you want and add them to your Comfort Plugs. Today Smappee provides Actions to:
- Turn ON
- Turn OFF
- Turn ON for a duration of 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes and 1 hour
- Turn OFF for a duration of 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes and 1 hour
- A Duration Action is actually two actions; one immediately when the trigger condition is met, and the other at the end of the duration period.
- After a Duration Off Action the plug is left in the on state
Kind of Triggers
Appliance triggers and events:
- Garage Door open (detecting the motor of the door, so no need to add a door contact) >> Trigger the Comfort Plug that turns On the lights in the Garage.
- Nespresso machine event >> Comfort Plug switches my Radio in the Kitchen for an hour
In the example below I turn On the Comfort Plug "Radio Kitchen" when I make an Espresso coffee. I defined a Trigger, named it: "Nespresso > Turn on things..".
When the appliance "Nespresso" turns ON, this trigger will execute the Action as defined in the above example: "Turn ON" and apply the "Turn ON" action to the Plugs listed under "Applied To".
The list shows the Timestamp: "Today 10:08".
Consumption and Production triggers:
- Consumption (in W) rises above a user defined threshold, then change my Hue Light to Red
- Consumption (in W) under a user defined threshold, then change my Hue Light back to Green
- Solar or Wind production rises above .. >> charge my Tesla
- Solar or Wind production under .. >> stop charging my Tesla
General Activity and Inactivity triggers:
- Smappee has a built-in "Activity" detector. When the total consumption in the home (Consumption = Always On value) combined with a low number of Appliance events is detected, Smappee triggers the "Inactivity" event. This trigger can be used to turn Off all Comfort Plugs, but the trigger will be available to the HomeKit environment as well.
- General Activity. the inverse of inactivity. When consumption rises again, further away from the lowest level, being the "Always On" value, and the number of Appliance events rises (lights turned on, garage door opened ..) then Smappee triggers the "General Activity" event.
note: these triggers are still in Beta version, but offered to the users in order to help us fine tune them, with user feedback.
Sunset and sunrise triggers:
- Sunset events with an offset in minutes before or minutes after. Very useful to turn On lights automatically or to power (enable) those lights to be used.
- Sunrise events with an offset in minutes before and minutes after the sunrise. Useful to turn lights Off when no longer needed and save energy.
note: you will have to allow Smappee to use your home's location. Sunrise and sunset are calculated, based on your location on earth. In the main menu, navigate to "Smappee", then "Set Location". Do this when you are at home; Smappee's location.
When you leave a location or reach another location. You can turn off your Stanby Power using the Comfort Plugs when you leave home. Turn on the Lights when you get close to home. Change the Range with the Slider at the bottom of the map.
Create Schedules to control the Plugs.
Vacation Mode (Holiday Mode)
Vacation mode is a mode that can be activated via the Comfort Plug menu. This is a special schedule for Plugs. You can set your plugs like this so they are only enabled when you are in "holiday mode." So a plug with the schedule "vacation" will only be switched on or off in holiday mode.
You must first enable "vacation mode" in the app. This can be found under the 'plugs' menu, the switch symbol on the home screen right.
You should also set a trigger with a special scheme, namely 'holiday'. If the holiday mode is then activated, only that plug with that specific trigger will work.
How to test those events?
Add a Comfort Plug and activate the Events this plug. The Plug will be controlled by those triggers. The list of events, shows the On and Off commands and the timestamps in the list, next to the Comfort Plug. In the example below I turn ON the Comfort Plug "Radio Kitchen" when I make an Espresso coffee. The list shows the Timestamp: "Today 10:08".