Home Automation

Smart Home projects and automations

Blog post for Amazon Echo Show 5 2nd Gen Smart Display Teardown

Amazon Echo Show 5 2nd Gen Smart Display Teardown

Tearing down an Amazon Echo Show 5, 2021 2nd generation smart speaker and display

Blog post for Saving power on the home network

Saving power on the home network

As part of our ongoing quest to reduce our energy usage and carbon footprint we have installed a compressive home energy logging system which uses various sensors to monitor our energy consumption, generation and environment data which are collated in Home Assistant and also on our home data logger

Blog post for Adding a Zigbee Smart Thermostatic radiator valve to Home Assistant

Adding a Zigbee Smart Thermostatic radiator valve to Home Assistant

Controlling our loft radiator with a Zigbee controlled thermostatic radiator valve and Home Assistant

Blog post for Adding Gas Meter Energy logging to Home Assistant

Adding Gas Meter Energy logging to Home Assistant

Adding new MQTT sensors to Home Assistant to log Gas meter usage data

Blog post for Shelly EM Power Logging with Home Assistant

Shelly EM Power Logging with Home Assistant

Adding Shelly EM power monitoring in the loft with Home Assistant

Blog post for Mastervolt Soladin 600 Wi-Fi logging adapter with ESP32

Mastervolt Soladin 600 Wi-Fi logging adapter with ESP32

Adding remote Wi-Fi data access to our Mastervolt Soladin 600 solar PV inverter using an Espressif ESP32-WROOM-32UE module

Blog post for Washing Machine notifications via Home Assistant and Sonos Smart Speakers

Washing Machine notifications via Home Assistant and Sonos Smart Speakers

Audio notifications for when the washing machine needs to be emptied via Home Assistant and Sonos speakers

Blog post for Sonoff POW R2 Smart Switch power consumption modification

Sonoff POW R2 Smart Switch power consumption modification

Modifying a Sonoff POWR2 Smart Switch with energy monitoring to reduce its power consumption when being used to monitor a devices energy usage

Blog post for Home Data Logger Zigbee Sensor Upgrades

Home Data Logger Zigbee Sensor Upgrades

We have added several new Zigbee sensors to our smart home system which runs Home Assistant and the sensors talk to the home Linux server using Zigbee2mqtt