How I Set Up Presence Detection in Home Assistant

Presence detection is critical to a smart home. In fact it might be the most important piece on data your smart home needs, and there is no single way to do this. But if I am being honest this is one of those areas I have struggled with the most. The biggest problem I have… Continue reading How I Set Up Presence Detection in Home Assistant

Using Home Assistant Automations to Create a Haunted House

One of the cool things you can do in Home Assistant is randomize the actions of your automations. While this could be used for some super practical like creating a vacation protocol that randomizes which lights turn on or off thats not what I did. I created a haunted house for Halloween because who doesn't… Continue reading Using Home Assistant Automations to Create a Haunted House

Where We Are Going, We Need Dog Mode

If you have read my post on My Three Laws of Home Automation or my two part series on How I Secured my Home Using Home Assistant it won’t be a surprise that I designed my Home Assistant security system around not having to physically interact with it. It simply arms when it needs to… Continue reading Where We Are Going, We Need Dog Mode

How I Secured My Home Using Home Assistant – Part One

I’m going to say something that might be unpopular…Residential Monitored Security Systems are a waste of money. Don’t @ me. Just kidding. If you think I am wrong I would love to hear why. Because I might actually be wrong. But before you do let me bring you up to speed on my thought process.… Continue reading How I Secured My Home Using Home Assistant – Part One

Migrating from the Darksky API to NWS Weather API (Updated)

Apple’s recent purchase of Darksky means the API that many of use have been using for weather information is shutting down. I first saw it from @CCOSTAN’s retweet (if you are not following him you should):  Or from Darksky’s own blog post. Technically we currently have until the end of 2021 to move to something… Continue reading Migrating from the Darksky API to NWS Weather API (Updated)

Migrating from Hassbian to Home Assistant (Formally Known as Hassio)

I’m sure you have heard the news by now. Hassbian was sunsetted…sunset..sunsettered…anyway…the last update to the image was back in Q4 of 2019. So that means it was time for me to migrate to Hassio....I mean Home Assistant.In-between me actually doing this migration and getting this write up published Hassio underwent a rebranding. In order… Continue reading Migrating from Hassbian to Home Assistant (Formally Known as Hassio)

How I Turned My House into Disney’s Haunted Mansion using Home Assistant

If you haven’t guess from the topic of this article we are Disney fans in this house. I mean Annual Passholder Card Carrying Disney fans. So after getting Home Assistant setup to automate the house I decided I could use the platform to do a little Disney Imagineering. Now I didn’t literally recreate the haunted… Continue reading How I Turned My House into Disney’s Haunted Mansion using Home Assistant

My Home Assistant Configuration (v4)

In the last couple of weeks I have been furiously working on my home-assisstant.io config, and have recently migrated my Github repo to the new version. Previous versions are archived as branches for those that want to see where things have been. With each release Home Assistant gets better and better, so it seems each… Continue reading My Home Assistant Configuration (v4)