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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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Wi-Fi and Home Automation - Maslow's Needs Hierarchy Revised

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They say the first step to solving a problem, is admitting you have one. Dear Readers, I had a problem.

It was affecting my life, causing arguments with my family, stress and frustration, it started wasting money. All because of one basic human need that wasn't being met.

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LiveHouse S.O.S (Save Our Scotch) - Home Bar Automation

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So you've finally got yourself that home bar you've dreamed of all your life? A fortress of solitude where you can enjoy a nice Whisky, or Craft Beer with your friends.

The problem is, you've got teenagers. And you know what that means.

Rather than risking the bottle of Glenlivet Archive 21 on your top shelf, here's how Home Automation can solve your problems. Whether it's preventing an unsupervised underage bar incursion, making sure your beer doesn't get warm or providing just the right mood lighting.

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