Check If Your Power Is Out by Activating Your Smart Devices

Check If Your Power Is Out by Activating Your Smart Devices
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You never know if you’re going to be one of the unlucky ones who loses power in a storm, but if you are away from home when the storm hits, there’s an easy way to check if you’re still connected from afar ” provided you own a smart device that links with an app on your phone.

We got the idea from you always keep a fully charged phone backup battery at home).

There are really no specific instructions to performing this hack, the mechanics of which will vary based on the type of smart device you own. Try dropping in on your Alexa, or checking the ambient temperature on your Nest, or turning a light on and off with your Google Home. If it works, you’ve got the juice. If it doesn’t, you’ll know to stop to pick up dinner or a few extra candles on your way home.