The easiest way to get started in turning your home into a smart home is by picking up a few smart plugs, like this one from Belkin's smart home brand 'WeMo'. This Smart Plug is currently on sale for $39.98, that's $10 off of its regular price. Picking up a few of these will allow you to turn your "dumb" appliances into smart ones, fairly easily. Like most smart home products, the WeMo Switch Smart Plug can be controlled through your smartphone. For instance, if you plug in your TV into the switch, you can then turn it on or off through the WeMo app. Additionally, you can set it up to automatically turn off at a specific time, or on at a specific time.
WeMo's Switch Smart Plug does also work with Alexa. This means that you can use your voice to turn on whatever is plugged into the switch. Of course, you will need to have a device that supports Alexa, like the Amazon Echo, Amazon Tap or Amazon Echo Dot. The entire line of WeMo products works with Alexa, as well as IFTTT. So you can set up triggers for the switch. For instance, if you pull into the driveway, you can have IFTTT then trigger the switch to turn on the lamp that is plugged in. And that's really just the beginning of the possibilities here.