Home Assistant Webhook Primer

I recently did a video talking through using web hooks in home Assistant to create some automations to monitor another home assistant instance. And while its not a universal use case, it did allow me to create a video showing how to create a web hook, and leverage automation triggers like the home assistant start… Continue reading Home Assistant Webhook Primer

Access Home Assistant YAML Files

Accessing YAML files is still one of the biggest issues people have with Home Assistant. After all, while we can do so much more in the UI these days there are times that we just have to open up the config and sling some YAML. Strangely enough, Home Assistant doesn’t come out of the box… Continue reading Access Home Assistant YAML Files

Add Acurite Weather Sensors to Home Assistant

Home Assistant has lots of options for getting weather data, but a lot of them are cloud based. And while that isn’t bad, it does introduce some risk. Weather Underground, World Wide Lightning Network, and Darksky have all announced they were closing their apis or moving behind a paywall in the last year or two. … Continue reading Add Acurite Weather Sensors to Home Assistant

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 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)