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benhelps

Hunter Valley NSW
Joined 4 March 2014
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2 months2 monthsbenhelpsbenhelps posted:
Solar battery house question

Mm true. We're about an hour from Newcastle. Most of the solar battery I'm talking will be setup/designed by me, like my current solar battery proof of concept setup (2…

2 months2 monthsbenhelpsbenhelps posted:
Solar battery house question

Not sure which is the best forum for this, so here goes.
Planning a new house build soon, and my thought was to run extra power cabling in house to create…

4 months4 monthsbenhelpsbenhelps posted:
Real time energy monitoring

Fair enough. And if it adequately measured, sounds a lot simpler to just clip one on

4 months4 monthsbenhelpsbenhelps posted:
Real time energy monitoring

Our house has a Saturn South ESBox, which was installed free some time ago (we qualified for something).
It does a good job of capturing fairly real-time data (think it polls…

1 year1 yearbenhelpsbenhelps posted:
Your Connected Home. What have you done / what do you need?

As far as it goes Our Green Home (OGH) works well - it's rarely been down and provides a simple, pretty interface for querying power usage history and real time.…

1 year1 yearbenhelpsbenhelps posted:
Your Connected Home. What have you done / what do you need?

I think if I were hunting an option for a new build, I'd be looking for things that monitor power from where it comes into the house, although I'd also…

1 year1 yearbenhelpsbenhelps posted:
Your Connected Home. What have you done / what do you need?

I'm in NSW, but yeah I got the meter free as part of some qualifying household thing being offered. I don't know much about the "smart meters" being offered by…

1 year1 yearbenhelpsbenhelps posted:
Your Connected Home. What have you done / what do you need?

Just curious if you found a power meter solution? In the current ancient miners cottage house we live in, we got a Saturn South power monitoring thing installed in our…

1 year1 yearbenhelpsbenhelps posted:
Raspberry Pi/Arduino and other Roll Your Own Home Automation

I haven't, however from memory openHAB has a Somfy plugin

1 year1 yearbenhelpsbenhelps posted:
Home Technology Hub

As mentioned by picto, depends on your HA system. Never worked with Somfy myself (yet, build prep in progress), however openHAB (my favourite HA system) has plugins specifically to work…

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1 year1 yearbenhelpsbenhelps posted:
Best hardwired UPS?

Thanks, our current ancient miners cottage home gets by on a single 600VA UPS, however it has most of the tech concentrated near the line into the house so it's…

1 year1 yearbenhelpsbenhelps posted:
Best hardwired UPS?

Hey all,
We're planning a build, and I'm doing the automation. In this I thought to include a decent UPS to support the automation options and keep the home server, link,…

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1 year1 yearbenhelpsbenhelps posted:
Raspberry Pi/Arduino and other Roll Your Own Home Automation

My idea (just based on some of how our current old miners cottage home is), is a controllable curtain opener/closer. Not standard style (sideways slide open/closed) though - this "curtain"…

1 year1 yearbenhelpsbenhelps posted:
Home Technology Hub

Ditto. Given new house build I suspect I'll soon be on here (almost) as much as my wife is.

1 year1 yearbenhelpsbenhelps posted:
Home Technology Hub

Nah, it's a fair way of doing things - I've played with IFTTT somewhat myself before opting for a local HA server setup for the home. I just want it…

1 year1 yearbenhelpsbenhelps posted:
Home Technology Hub

Yeah I currently use Wunderground for wind data, and it's pretty good if the internet's up

1 year1 yearbenhelpsbenhelps posted:
Home Technology Hub

Yeah I'll have to look at HomeAssistant. I've got openHAB 1.8 running great, however from what I can see of openHAB 2 it looks just the same as 1.8 as…

1 year1 yearbenhelpsbenhelps posted:
Home Technology Hub

Yeah think I'll have to start seriously looking at some of the arduino projects. If I was in the USA I'd possibly consider cloud based weather data, however I've found…

1 year1 yearbenhelpsbenhelps posted:
Home Technology Hub

Yeah, not bad if i couple the wind sensor to the weather station. I wonder if they have a non zwave one (just standard wifi or ethernet connectivity). To date…

1 year1 yearbenhelpsbenhelps posted:
Home Technology Hub

Hey, can't see a way to search within specific forums on here, so...
Weather station options to hook into home automation?
Sure I could go Netatmo etc however by the time you…

1 year1 yearbenhelpsbenhelps posted:
Anyone one else building in Huntlee, hunter valley?

Not IN Huntlee, but we're planning a build 1-2km away

1 year1 yearbenhelpsbenhelps posted:
Home Technology Hub

Hey all,
Been reading this thread with interest as it's an area I like to tinker with. We're in the process of starting a new house build (still negotiating the tender),…

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