DIY Blog: Slow Cooker, Smart Technology

Philipp Schuster
8th April 2014 in Know How

Perfectly cooked leftovers…by Loxone

As a company devoted to all things ‘green’, we don’t like to see things go to waste here at Loxone. According to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, we throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year – something needs to change! So if you’ve still got some leftovers from Sunday’s roast or a slightly bewildered broccoli that’s been lurking at the back of the fridge…it’s time for the crock pot!

Crock pots are great for easy cooking and using up leftovers that might otherwise be thrown away, but leaving them on all day can be a bit of a worry, especially if you’re away from home for long periods of time. A Loxone Smart Socket Air, however, makes it possible to time your cooking to perfection!

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Saving time, saving energy

Worried about how much energy your slow cooker is using? With the Smart Socket, you can monitor your energy usage via the Loxone app, adjust cooking times and turn the crock pot off if need be.

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                                                          The Loxone Slow Cooker App!

So how does it work?

It’s really simple! Just prepare and add your ingredients, plug in your smart socket, and then plug your slow cooker into the smart socket. Switch the manual control on your crock pot to ‘low’, ‘high’ or ‘keep warm’, open up the Loxone app and set the cooking time and away you go! Loxone Air takes care of it all for you.

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The configuration

In order to control the crock pot, the first thing we needed to do was connect to the Miniserver and then enable the Air monitor. Following this, a quick press on the ‘learn’ button of the Smart Socket is enough to see it in the Air monitor. The socket was given a name (Kitchen Socket) and upon saving in the Miniserver, the socket was learned in and signalling it was green to go!

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Where can I get a Smart Socket?

The Loxone Smart Socket Air is available from our webshop, along with the Air Base Extension. If you need more than one Smart Socket Air, why not take a look at our Smart Socket Air Set?

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If you have used your Smart Socket Air for automating a ‘gadget’ around your home, leave a comment and share your experience!