My friend Antonio just pointed me to an expensive Australian “Smart” kettle which heats up coffee in the morning for you. All very nice but not cheap AND not ACTUALLY available right now.. also, simple timers assume you always get up at the same time of day – right now, few people are doing that and people not currently in jobs (or retired) often do not have rigid schedules – why would they. So, I came up with another idea…
Take any old kettle – like mine and put a Smartplug on it, preferably a pretty one and definitely with an easily-accessible button (A Tasmotized plug has the added advantage of a timeout). Next time you use the kettle, turn on the kettle at its base or wherever you do that and when it is done, turn off at the wall (or have it time out) and turn on at the base of the kettle. So, the kettle is ON but not actually getting any power and is now primed for next time around.
Next, before getting out of bed the next morning,. simply tell Alexa to “turn on the Kettle”. By the time you get into the kitchen you should have piping hot water for your tea or coffee. I used an otherwise inflexible non-Tasmota’d Meross Smartplug which works with Alexa and has it’s own off-timer which I set to 2 minutes.
There is always a cheap way to do things, but me being me I took the opportunity to upgrade our living room Alexa to the (currently half price at Amazon) “Alexa Show” hence freeing up an Alexa Echo (gen 3) for the bedroom. If you are reading this and you have never heard of Alexa then you are in the wrong place. No doubt Google Home Mini would do a similar thing with most un-modified Smart plugs – but that’s out of the scope of this short article.
And there it is, all done, dusted.