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Home Automation – The Beginning

I haven’t been using my blog as a personal site for some time now… In fact, I haven’t been using it at all for much of anything.

That said, now that I’m in a new home, I’m hoping to start working on regular home improvements. Most of which will most likely fall into the category of “Home Automation.”

I’ve already got a list going of things I would like to do, such as:

  • Add monitoring to everything, such as:
    • Temp in every room, outside as well
    • Light Switch status (on/off)
    • Furnace/AC status (on/off)
    • Motion Sensors (last seen)
    • Outlet status (on/off)
    • Maybe at some point, some other cool sensors such as light sensors, or CO2 sensors (more O2 anyone?)
  • Add more detailed controls to the programmable thermostat
  • Add automated light on/light off systems to power on and off lights
  • Add Solar panels with micro inverters to the roof
  • Add motorized blinds.
  • Add a HRV/ERV to my home.
  • Add a Roomba
  • Add a Automatic Lawn Mower…

And realize this is just the start of my list…

My first goal is to get the monitoring in place. I’m focusing on tempature as the first goal, as I hope to balance out the temp in my house better than it is now. This project is already turning into something cool, and I hope to document where things go as time goes on. We’ll see if it happens (if I can actually remember to blog as I go).

For the moment though, we’re still unpacking and working on setting up renters and the like for the old place. So it may be a few weeks yet before I get to ordering the first parts to this new system of mine :-).

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  • Alex June 18, 2013, 10:53 pm


  • Justin Gehring June 18, 2013, 11:09 pm

    No Arduinos yet… but them, and the Rpi are in my line of site…

    But since we are talking about fruit… the first device on this journey (for me) will be a CherryPal that I bought probably 5 years ago now, and have never had a good use for (until now)

    More on that soon…

  • PK June 26, 2013, 8:55 am

    I started my home automation a few years ago, but went the Insteon route. So far I’ve liked it and the interfaces available are great.
    Good luck with the DIY route 😀

    • Justin Gehring June 26, 2013, 9:11 am

      I’ll be using Insteon on well, but mainly for Computer to electrical based things (outlet’s, light switches). I considered using it for the thermostat, but none of the ones I could find behaved the way I wanted when Insteon wasn’t involved (and I like things to fail gracefully).

      Odds are that will be the next phase of this project once I have the HVAC system where I want it.

  • PK June 27, 2013, 8:48 am

    What I love is disarming my alarm system and the whole house waking up so we don’t walk into a dark house – especially in winter.