Smarter Automations in Home Assistant Using Choose

In a previous post I talked about how you could use scripts with your Home Assistant automations to add some simple decision logic. But in keeping with the Choose-Your-Own adventure take on building a smart home, Home Assistant gives you another way to accomplish the same thing. Back in version .113, the Home Assistant team… Continue reading Smarter Automations in Home Assistant Using Choose

How To Use Modes in Home Assistant Automations

Back in version .115 Home Assistant added some mode options for automations, and gave us more control over the flow. And if you are like me you may not have paid much attention to them at first. These new modes add the ability to define how an automation handles getting triggered or more specifically trigger… Continue reading How To Use Modes in Home Assistant Automations

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 Two

As I mentioned in Part One of this series, I prioritized my Home Assistant based security system around letting us know when there was an intrusion. It was important that the system let any intruders know their presence was known, and to make sure that we could respond whether we were remote or in another… Continue reading How I Secured My Home Using Home Assistant – Part Two

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