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VeraPlus and VeraSecure - Australian Versions coming? Or make your own.

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Australian's have been left hanging for the latest controller releases. In this blog we look at some recent announcements and how to make your own AU frequency VeraPlus.

 

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Make your own Arduino Wi-Fi Pool Acid Level Sensor for Vera

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This Blog Article is courtesy of one of our customers, who wins a $50 store voucher for his story. This is a great example of using inexpensive Arduino components to build a sensor that you can't buy off the shelf. It's also a good demonstration of how Vera can work with just about anything, not just Z-wave devices.   Pool Acid Level Sensor - Jeremy Goodchild, March 2017 If you have a pool and are constantly checking the acid container to see if it’s low or needs replacing or filling, you understand the pain and motivation for this project.I basically wanted...

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Bathroom Fan Control - Detecting Humidity Spikes using PLEG

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Do your kids always forget to put the bathroom fan on, resulting in the walls dripping with water after they take a shower? In this blog we show you how to detect a % change in Humidity using PLEG - so you can identify when the shower is in use and activate the bathroom extractor fan. As the humidity level will naturally vary, you want to be able to see if it changes a lot in a short space of time, rather than simply goes above a threshold level. This rather busy graph from Emoncms shows what we're trying to...

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Pool Pump Finale - ECO Pump and Timer Control

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When we last visited energy consumption for the pool, we'd just grabbed a beer after banking a $169 per year saving using Vera as a smart timer. If you're just joining us you can read that article here. Now we can review the energy consumption being recorded by our Vera Home Automation Controller and definitively answer the question "Is an ECO Pool Pump worth the money?". After reviewing some different pumps, I settled on the Viron P320 to pair with my existing Zodiac MX6 pool cleaner. Key features for my needs were: The ability to adjust the RPM settings to any value....

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Save money and simplify running your pool with Vera automation

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Discover how I learned Home Automation could potentially save several hundred dollars on my pool electricity costs, without dropping a stack of cash on a new pump, just by running a timer based on sunrise and sunset.

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