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Apr 27, 2021 - by Lars - Comments
 
 

Make your home smart the easy way by equipping it with HomeKit-enabled smart plugs. They’re super intuitive to use and you can set them up in no time at all. Once that’s done, you're ready to make your lamps and appliances smart and control them via an app, using easy-to-learn voice commands, based on a schedule or even by your presence.

 

Within minutes, you’ll have a Siri-enabled Christmas tree, your reading lamp will turn on in the evening automatically and your fan will start with a simple tap. Eve Energy also offers additional features including autonomous schedules, a power meter and a child lock – which is why our smart plug is one of the best-selling HomeKit products out there. 

Easier to set up and more secure

 

Another of Eve Energy’s stand-out features is that it supports both Thread and Bluetooth. Compared to even the latest Wi-Fi chips, which are still power-thirsty, Thread and Bluetooth are energy-saving, high-performance wireless technology standards – perfect for smart plugs that are usually only ever switched on and off a few times a day. Eve Energy is also easy to set up and works completely independently of your home network, saving you the hassle of having to jump through all the set up and security hurdles – who needs yet another device crowding their home network anyway?! 

 

Eve Energy joins your Thread network automatically. As a router node, Eve Energy relays other Thread accessories’ data packages and enhances the stability and reach of your smart home. Thread accessories don’t need a proprietary bridge to communicate with each other – they simply need a Border Router, which for HomeKit over Thread is HomePod mini. Discover all you need to know about HomeKit over Thread here

 

You can even add Thread support to your latest-generation Eve Energy simply by updating the accessory’s firmware. Discover if your Eve Energy can support Thread by visiting evehome.com/identify.

Setup

For best performance, plug Eve Energy directly into a wall outlet and only plug one appliance into the accessory – don’t go plugging Eve Energy into a power strip, and don’t go plugging one into the accessory either. Eve Energy is rated for a maximum current of 11 A / 2500 W (European model; see this link for all other variants). Eve Energy is the only smart plug with HomeKit technology that bears the TÜV Rheinland seal, offering you unparalleled reliability. To get started with installing and customizing Eve Energy, simply follow these steps: 

Open the Eve app and tap Settings > Accessories > Add Accessory to [your home] to access the HomeKit dialog. Name your plug and add it to a room. Also choose an appropriate type so HomeKit can select an icon and suitable category for Siri. You can additionally assign the default HomeKit scenes to Eve Energy at this stage too.

The Eve app will now let you drill down and add further details to the type. Tap one of the three entries to choose from the range of accessories and icons on offer – and if you want, you can customize the name.

You can change everything at a later stage by going to Settings > Accessories > and then tapping the Eve Energy accessory. Here you can also change when/if the status LED lights up and set its brightness level to suit your needs and the room. 
Top tip: Use the Child Lock button to lock the on/off switch and prevent anyone accidently switching off your freezer or aquarium pump.  

Eve Energy in the Eve app

 

The detail view of Eve Energy contains the main controls such as the power on/off button, the schedule editor, plus a range of report and measurement functions showing you when Eve Energy was last switched on/off, how much power is currently being consumed and the projected cost. You can also display additional parameters such as current and voltage in the detail view and change the order in which everything is arranged simply by tapping Edit. 

 

The Eve app not only shows you how much power the appliance plugged into your Eve Energy is consuming, but also keeps a record of how much power has been consumed and shows you the projected annual cost of powering this appliance based on these consumption figures and your electricity rate. 

Enter your electricity rate under Settings > General > Energy Cost. The default is the average tariff for the country in which you are located (to do that, you just need to allow Eve to access your location).

Used a schedule to change the time you switch on an appliance or do you want to see what impact it’ll have? Change the calculation basis in the detail view of Eve Energy by expanding the Projected Cost segment and selecting a different basis such as the last day or minute.

In the detail view you can display the Total Consumption and Total Cost graphs by hour, day, week or month simply by tapping the i icon beneath each graph. In the Total Consumption view, you can display the information in a list or even export it in a spreadsheet format by tapping the share icon.

If you use several Eve Energy or Eve Energy Strip accessories, the Rooms > Types view gives you a concise overview of how much it’s costing you to power your appliances. 

Top tip: You don’t need to worry about Eve Energy adding to your electricity bill as it only consumes a negligible amount of power at significantly less than 1 W.  See here how to cut your power consumption in three simple steps.

Autonomous schedules

Like several other Eve accessories, Eve Energy, also offers you autonomous schedules. They are stored on the accessory itself and even run when Eve Energy is not connected to your iPhone or home hub. They’re perfect for countless purposes as you can add schedules based on sunrise or sunset. Want to set your plant light to bathe your plant in a constant stream of growth-promoting light with a break at nighttime? 

Simply go to the Schedule segment in the detail view and tap the gear icon. Then, set the weekday power off time to 2 hours after sunset and the power on time to 2 hours before sunrise.

If you want Eve Energy to control a lamp to give the impression that someone’s home, program Eve Energy to turn it on daily at different times so potential burglars will have a hard time identifying a pattern.

If you plug in an appliance that you use differently on weekdays and weekends, such as an espresso machine, simply configure Eve Energy to turn it on early enough on workdays so it starts to warm up ready to serve up an espresso when you get to the kitchen.

Top tip: Other Eve accessories, including Eve Thermo, Eve Aqua, Eve Light Switch (EU / US), and the sister product of Eve Energy – the smart power strip Eve Energy Strip – also feature these handy autonomous schedules. Please note that this feature is not available for Eve Energy models sold in China, Japan.

HomeKit automations

Using automations to switch the power on or off makes sense if you need to control several appliances at once or if you only want them to be active when you’re actually at home. This is where HomeKit comes into play (or more accurately: an essential home hub). 

The example rules below each trigger a scene, which in turn activates Eve Energy and the connected appliance. You can add these scenes quickly and easily via the detail view of your accessory. Tap the Automation segment and then Add Scene. In the case of a lamp, set the target value for Power to ON, test your scene, and then complete the scene by entering a name and choosing an icon (such as "movie night" and the armchair icon). 

Create an automation which triggers your movie night scene when you enter the family room in the evening. To do so, tap Automation > Rules > Add Rule > Next > Add Trigger > Accessory > Motion and then choose MOTION as the trigger value for the Eve Motion accessory in that room. Following that, as a Time Condition set the TYPE to DAY EVENT, the RELATION to AFTER and the TIME to SUNSET. Now all you need to do is select the movie night scene.

If you don’t have a motion detector, you can instead use your presence as determined by your iOS device as a trigger – at appropriate times, of course. Simply tap Add Trigger > Leaving or arriving at location > ARRIVING AT [...] > Add. As the Time Condition, this time select TYPE > EXACT TIME, RELATION > AFTER and set the TIME to 5 pm. Once again, complete the process by selecting your movie night scene.

Top tip: In many respects the Apple Home app offers fewer automation options than the Eve app. However, it does offer several special options due to the privacy architecture of HomeKit. Thus, the Home app lets you add rules that run based on your or a family member’s presence such as "When somebody/nobody is home" or "When I am home/When I am not at home". Scenes which remain active for a set duration are another automation option exclusive to the Home app. While rules and scenes configured in the Home app are displayed in the Eve app, you can’t change them at the relevant points. 

Control using Siri

Smart plugs and Siri are a match made in heaven. First, you can phrase really simple commands as the plugs only have an on or off state. Second, you can tag plugs in multiple ways because they carry a Siri name, represent a type of accessory and are assigned to scenes, groups, rooms or zones. 

 

Control using the Siri name: "Hey Siri, turn on the Christmas Tree."

 

Control based on device type: "Hey Siri, is my light on?"

 

Control as part of a scene: "Hey Siri, Good Morning!"

 

Control as part of a group: "Hey Siri, turn off all kitchen appliances."

 

Control by room: "Hey Siri, turn off the power in the Bathroom."

 

Control by zone: "Hey Siri, turn on the air dehumidifiers in the Basement."

 

 

 

Use cases

with Eve Motion: 
Automate your festive lights with Eve Energy and Eve Motion

 

with Eve Room:
Improve indoor air by automating your dehumidifier
Tackle dry air caused by your heating

 

Enhance your morning routine:
Lighting the Way to a Peaceful Routine
Enjoy the perfect espresso in a shot with Eve Energy serving it up nice and hot 
The perfect way to start your day – with HomeKit

 

 

Increase the reach of your devices

Add HomePod mini to your home and your latest-generation Thread-enabled Eve Energy will be able to communicate via Thread – the mesh network that reaches even the farthest corners of your abode. This happens automatically without you needing to configure anything. A Full Thread Device, such as Eve Energy, can act as a router node and relay data packets from other Thread devices. 

 

To view the structure of your Thread network and see where you can make improvements, simply go to the Settings area of the Eve app and tap Thread Network. Among other things, you’ll be able to tell which nodes your Thread devices use to communicate and whether you can further improve the stability and reach of your network and devices by adding one more Eve Energy or moving one to a better location.

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192 Comments
Hello Ivan! Unfortunately Eve only offers one rate, sorry. Best regards, Volker
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May 2, 2023
Dave
Today I installed 6 Eve Energy plugs and control them from Home Assistant on Raspberry Pi. I first had 2 plugs installed and this worked ok. After installation many plugs are not visible/accessible (max distance from Raspberry Pi is 10 meters). What can be causing this?
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Apr 20, 2023
Hello Dave! Officially we don't support Home Assistant, sorry. Best regards, Volker
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Apr 24, 2023
Sebastian
Hallo, kann ich die Eve Energy Steckdose auch über Bluetooth direkt vom Handy ansteuern oder braucht es dafür immer einen Homepod/Apple TV?
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Mar 27, 2023
Hallo Sebastian! Das geht auch direkt per Bluetooth vom iPhone aus. Viele Grüße, Volker
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Mar 29, 2023
Carl
Can the default state be set on power on?

We are having power outages and when the power come back it seems to default to on. I cannot find where to change this in the app.
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Mar 26, 2023
Hello Carl! It will power on always with the last state before the outage, this can't be set, sorry. Best regards, Volker
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Mar 27, 2023
Frank Stücker
Kann ich Eve Energy im Außenbereich nutzen? Ist die Steckdose spritzwassergeschützt?
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Mar 19, 2023
Hallo Frank! Nein, Eve Energy ist nur für den Innenbereich geeignet, sorry. Viele Grüße, Volker
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Mar 22, 2023
F Robert Falbo
I currently have a Meross outlet strip and would like to replace it with the eve outlet strip, but since many of my accessories use Thread I was hoping that eve would revise theirs to use Thread. Any possibility of this happening?
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Mar 19, 2023
Hello Robert! We think especially the combination of Thread & Matter is a game-changer for the smart home, that’s why we’re thrilled to bring Matter to our Thread-enabled products in the future. At this point, we don’t have any plans to share for our Wi-Fi-enabled products like Eve Energy Strip. Best regards, Volker
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Mar 22, 2023
Craig
I am considering using Eve Energy to power cycle a modem and router using autonomous schedules. Are the autonomous schedules independent of any connection to a hub or internet connection? Will the schedules resume after an extended power outage?
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Mar 15, 2023
Hello Craig! Schedules are set on the iPhone and then transferred to the accessories for further execution, this will always work. On a longer power outage Eve Energy forgets about the time that it got from the iPhone when adding the first time. After a longer power outage you need to connect with Eve Energy using the app Eve to sync the time again. Best regards, Volker
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Mar 16, 2023
Kathryn
Hi,
Is it possible to download the energy data so that I can process it in Excel?
Can I run the Eve app on my Mac computer versus iPad and iPhone?
Is there a detailed users manual?
Thanks so much! Love the energy plug meter so far!
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Mar 3, 2023
Hello Kathryn! In the app Eve on the iPhone or iPad you can open the measurements and export it in Excel format. Eve 5 is a Universal App for iPhone and iPad. A M1 or M2 based Mac can run the iPad version of Eve 5, and we've adapted it to make sense on the Mac. This is not a Catalyst app, so it won't run on an Intel Mac. A version for Intel Macs is not planned yet. Best regards, Volker
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Mar 6, 2023
Karl
I am considering purchasing an Eve Energy as my first Home Kit device. I own an Apple TV 1st generation 4K. Does this Apple TV support Thread? The Eve Energy will be in the same room as my Apple TV. If my Apple TV does not support Thread, what features, if any, am I missing out on? Thank you.
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Feb 17, 2023
Hello Karl! The Apple TV 4K (1. generation) can't act as a Thread Border Router, the 2nd or 3rd would. But in the same room it will connect using Bluetooth with the Eve Energy so you don't miss functions. Automations will work and so will remote access. Best regards, Volker
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Feb 20, 2023
Ken
I have 6 Eve Energies connected to my homekit. I cannot connect the other two Eve Energies that I purchased. I have tried virtually everything as far as resetting, rebooting, etc. Is there a limit to the number of Eve's that can be connected?
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Feb 2, 2023
Hello Ken! Sorry for the trouble, please open a ticket in our support system: https://www.evehome.com/en/support/ticket
Thank you, Volker
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Feb 3, 2023
Chris
Considering to buy a couple of these smart plugs but I have some questions:
Can the app display a graph which displays the power usage (Watt) over time (per hour and per day)?
How frequently does the device log power usage data? Once per second, once every 30 seconds.... ?
Can I see total power usage KWh per day, week, month, year in the app?
thank you!
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Jan 25, 2023
Hello Chris! As all Eve accessories Eve Energy takes a measurement every 10 minutes and notes it in the historical data. In terms of Eve Energy it is the consumption in the last 10 minutes in Wh. The graphs can show the usage by hour, day, week, month. All data can be exported in Excel format for later check.
To download the historical data you have to open the Eve Energy (each one) in the app Eve and sync the data with the one on the iPhone. This can't be done in background. Best regards, Volker
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Jan 26, 2023
Benjamin
Moin,

ist es zulässig in einen EVE Energy eine Mehrfachsteckdose zu stecken? Ich will gerne die gesamte Leiste damit schalten und benötige daher keinen Energy Strip.
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Jan 20, 2023
Moin Benjamin! Das ist kein Problem, mache ich auch mit zwei Eve Energy so. Sie müssen nur darauf achten, dass der Verbrauch aller angeschlossenen Gerät zusammen (falls mal alle an sind) nicht zu hoch wird. Ich würde nicht mehr als 1.500 Watt zulassen.
Viele Grüße,
Volker
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Jan 21, 2023
Roberto Ruvalcaba
Is it possible to turn the Eve Energy on / off manually with a built in button??
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Jan 18, 2023
Hello Roberto! Yes, it is possible to turn on/off Eve Energy manually using the button. Best regards, Volker
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Jan 19, 2023
Martin
Hi,
Is it possible to see the kwh sum per month or week in the eve app, or do I have to sum myself, day by day?
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Jan 4, 2023
Hello Martin! You have to do this on your own as Eve just takes the measurements. I do it in Excel on my Mac. Best regards, Volker
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Jan 5, 2023
Cliff Roppelt
Hello, could I get a notification when eve energy doesn’t sense power. For example when I start washer and when it ends I get a notification. If so how do I do that? Thank you.
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Dec 17, 2022
Hello Cliff! Unfortunately HomeKit/Apple does not provide notifications here, so we can't either. Best regards, Volker
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Dec 20, 2022
Ian
Would love to track the energy usage of my oven, but Eve Energy isn't rated that high (oven is
3650W). Do you have plans for a higher-rated version in future?
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Dec 16, 2022
Heelo Ian! So far we have no plans to do so but I will firmward your request. Best regards, Volker
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Dec 17, 2022
John
In these uncertain energy times, with possible power cuts. Will Eve smartplug remember the last state. eg a smartplug is On and there is a power cut say 3 hrs, will the smartplug return to the on state when power is restored? Especially if I am not at home during the power outage and then power restore.
The smartplugs are the UK variant
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Dec 6, 2022
Hello John! Eve Energy will boot in the state it had when the power cut occurred. Best regards, Volker
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Dec 14, 2022
Craig
Is there a way to reset the Eve Energy?
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Dec 5, 2022
Hello Ken! Yes there is. Remove it from the app Eve or Home from Apple then while plugged in press and hold the reset button (green) for 15-20 seconds until the LED flashes red five time. Best regards, Volker
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Dec 5, 2022
Ken
I would like to be able to turn on my Eve Energy plug and have it turn off automatically after 5 min. I don’t see a way to do this in Apple home or with the Eve app. Can someone help?
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Dec 4, 2022
Hello Ken! This is not possible in HomeKit. I may work though with the help of the app Shortcuts from Apple. Best regards, Volker
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Dec 5, 2022
James Bennett
Hello! I just installed eve home and have an eve energy plug. I don’t see energy usage graphs anywhere? I have the “at a glance” tab, “rooms” “automation “ and “settings”

Where can I find energy usage information ?
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Nov 17, 2022
Hello James! Please open the app Eve and goto
Rooms > room with Eve Energy > Eve Energy and open it.
Best regards, Volker
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Nov 18, 2022
Todd
If I have Evel plug in a non-backed up power outlet, will it tell me if there is electrical / off grid condition?
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Oct 18, 2022
Hello Todd! Unfortunately it won't sorry. Best regards, Volker
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Oct 19, 2022
Pierre
Hi,
I recently bought 2 eve smart plugs and I would like to use them to control a heater (800w).
Is it possible to limit the consumption to a certain amount of kwh per day ? Let say 2kwh/day using HomeKit app?
I have seen the options in the eve application but how is the total consumption counted? Is it per hour , per day , is it accumulated or reseted to 0 every day?
Thank you and kind regards
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Oct 17, 2022
Hello Pierre! Unfortunately this is not possible with HomeKit, sorry. Best regards, Volker
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Oct 18, 2022
Jared C.
How does the Eve Energy plug set the current time? As a pilot, I will be staying at different hotels in different time zones each night. Will it connect automatically to my phone’s bluetooth when plugged in, and set the time off of my phone (which does adjust to the time zone)?

Also, if it is unplugged for a few nights, will it retain the connection to my phone when I plug it back in, or will I have to pair it to my phone’s bluetooth and to the Eve app again? Thanks in advance, Jared
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Oct 16, 2022
Hello Jered! As all accessories Eve Energy gets the time from the iPhone once you connect it for the first time, this is time at home. Once you connect from a different time zone it syncs again. So to have the schedule working as expected you would not open Eve Energy while in a different time zone. But: When using automations they won't be affected as they are executed by the home hub (Apple TV 4/4K and/or HomePod/mini at home).
When pulled out for a longer time, Eve Energy 'forgets' about the time as it does not feature a battery. Once plugged in again you need to open it in the app Eve to sync the time again.
Best regards, Volker
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Oct 17, 2022
Karsten
Hello, I want to know if is it possible to connect a ps5, tv and another appliance to one eve socket ? Or do I need to buy the eve energy strip??

Kind regards
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Oct 9, 2022
Hello Karsten! No, this will work with Eve Energy. Have a great Sunday, Volker
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Oct 9, 2022
Mikkel
I just bought a EVE Energy to monitor wattage in my appliances.
However, its unclear to me how often the app updates the data, because I have tried adding a lot of different appliances, and the wattage keeps being the same. Which does not seem realistic.
Please help in understanding, as of now the data is not trustworthy.
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Oct 5, 2022
Hello Mikkel! Eve Energy takes a measurement every 10 minutes covering the usage of the last 10 Minutes. Best regards, Volker
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Oct 6, 2022
Stephen O
Can Eve energy notify you of a power failure?
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Sep 16, 2022
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