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Dec/23

Smart Bulbs With Light Switches

Borrowing this idea from Tom McGuinness. This is the ultimate setup to allow features of a smart bulb like changing colours, Zigbee/Matter repeater and still retain the functional use of your light switch. The concept is to disconnect the bulb … Continue reading

07

Aug/23

Salt Level For Water Softener With ESPHome

overview We got a water softener installed near the water mains coming into the house. It’s a “dumb” softener so that it does not rely on using electricity. This means it will continue to work in a power outage but … Continue reading

06

Mar/23

Central Heating Graph With Home Assistant

Overview I have created a graph to show temperature for each room in the house broken down to level/floor they are on so I can see how well heated each room is. I don’t have any smart thermostatic radiator valves … Continue reading

04

Jul/22

Home Assistant Continuous Integration Workflow

Overview Development pipelines such as version control to deploying changes automatically. In Home Assistant’s case, you can make changes in YAML text files anywhere and Home Assistant can pick up the changes and automatically load them. Tools I use GitHub … Continue reading

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May/22

Water Depth Sensor With ESP32

Overview We live in a house with a water tank in the loft which uses gravity to feed water to any of the water sources upstairs in the house like the hot water tank to bathroom taps. Now and again, … Continue reading

05

Jul/21

Home Assistant: Condition Based Auto Entities Card

Overview I was looking for a way to show / hide information based on states or attributes of an entity. Example use cases: Show any windows / doors which are open. List any low battery devices. Pre-Requisite Optional: Home Assistant … Continue reading