Entry Levll kit coming right up

My Levll prototype is on worse hardware than the entry Levll kit. I use a Raspberry Pi 3 w/ 32GB offbrand SD card, outside the case. The entry level kit comes with the CanaKit basic (except we do the assembly), which includes their UL-listed case, on/off switch, and quickstart guide. Read more…

Creating a basic energy automation

The Home Assistant automation menu is empty. Let’s give it a purpose. After creating a new automation, a “trigger” is created to turn off the dehumidifier just before 6AM when my TOU metering peak rate starts. The trigger works with an “Action” or combination of actions. In this case, the Read more…

What is a good thermostat?

A good thermostat either has the best economic payback or is the simplest to use. To some extent, you can’t have both. But would you be so kind to consider that a good thermostat may not be the best thermostat, but is similar enough in features and 70% cheaper? The Read more…

What is a bad thermostat?

Thermostats are best if kept simple. Programmable thermostats are complicated, but can save money. Smart thermostats are less complicated, but expensive. My power company is Coast Electric EPA in Mississippi and their time of use electric rates are reasonable. The electric rate increases 4x for 2-3 hours per day. It Read more…