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    Re: Smart Home Automation

    Quote Originally Posted by North View Post
    These are great for folks in the warmer climates - you need a large open space with warm ambient air to realize the savings. I didn't know about these hybrid heaters until Jax's posts, and I told an Alabama relative about them...it should work out very well for them.

    The pros and cons:

    http://www.atozstatewideplumbing.com...ers-pros-cons/
    Yes, I looked at how they work. They pull heat from the ambient air, and heat the water. This works if you aren't heating that area, because otherwise you would ultimately be paying for the energy to heat the water if you were heating the living space. But it's a cool idea for people in the south.


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    Re: Smart Home Automation

    Quote Originally Posted by BernieCarbo View Post
    Yes, I looked at how they work. They pull heat from the ambient air, and heat the water. This works if you aren't heating that area, because otherwise you would ultimately be paying for the energy to heat the water if you were heating the living space. But it's a cool idea for people in the south.
    They also have a regular heating element, so in winter it works like a regular heater, in summer it works via the exchanger. And it figures out which all by itself. So I think it would work for everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JaxRed View Post
    They also have a regular heating element, so in winter it works like a regular heater, in summer it works via the exchanger. And it figures out which all by itself. So I think it would work for everyone.
    I meant that you aren't going to get the savings when it isn't able to pull heat from the ambient air, i.e. when you are paying to heat the space where the heater is located. It's still a good system, and just wanted to make it clear that the performance would be completely different in a place like Michigan as compared to Florida and Arizona.

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    Re: Smart Home Automation

    I've added 12 C by GE bulbs to one room (I have 4 ceiling fixtures with three bulbs each) and a C by GE smart outlet that acts as a bridge. The bridge connects them to Google assistant via the mini I have in that room. I have 5 Google Home devices. I had to get the bridge because these bulbs are wifi not Z-Wave. The first week, they kept having issues contacting C by GE. Then I set up specific routines withing Google Home, and no issues. So far it's been a very good CHEAP way to have smart bulbs in that room, especially because I can turn just one light on at say, 10%.

    Added two Sonoff Switches for my patio lights. Super easy to set up. I'm ordering two additional smart dimmer switches and one for a ceiling fan only in a 3 gang box for my den. I thought about going with Hue bulbs, but I already have dimmable LED bulbs in that room and I don't need the color bulbs there. the switch is perfect. I'll add some LED strips with color behind the TV.

    I need to replace just about every light fixture in the house. Want to go with ceiling recessed can lights. Just a matter of doing it I guess.

    I've added a ring doorbell and a ring camera/security light for the back yard, connected it to a smart things hub and added voice control for the lights to Google Home. It'd be nice if I could cast the back camera.

    I have almost 1 year on the Honeywell T5 Smart thermostats, and my gas/electric bills showed a definite improvement. I still need to better insulate the attic, Gas bill alone this Fall/Winter was on average $60 less per month. I was usually around $150+ in Dec/Jan/Feb, but this year nothing over $75.

    The next big thing will be motion sensors and time routines. If anyone has more suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
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    Re: Smart Home Automation

    I was looking for an inexpensive solution for controlling my exterior garage/driveway lights... basically to put them on a schedule to turn them on at sunset and off at 1AM. I have a Hubitat Elevation hub (Love it, BTW). Tried using Cree Connected bulbs but they were so inconsistent. I'd leave for work in the morning and one of the 3 lights would still be on, or one or two wouldn't turn on at sunset.

    Ended up finding these on amazon, basically like a sonoff switch but uses zigbee protocol. Wired it to the switch for those lights, paired it, and shoved it to the back of the switch box so it's completely concealed, then set the schedule on the HE. thing has been running for a month now without a single hiccup.

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    Re: Smart Home Automation

    I clicked here after seeing “Smart Home Automation Bacon” on the home page thinking we were really onto something...


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    Re: Smart Home Automation

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    I clicked here after seeing “Smart Home Automation Bacon” on the home page thinking we were really onto something...

    https://youtu.be/L6Cqt6kQsas

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    Re: Smart Home Automation

    Some updates from me. I've installed a Ring 2 doorbell and a security camera/motion sensor light for the rear of our house. That's where the garage is. We've had some "issues" with people checking parked cars in rear driveways in my neighborhood. And my garage is currently acting as a shop as I am building cabinet doors for our kitchen. Once those doors are done, I am replacing the fluorescent light in the kitchen with these: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07T13C9JQ...v_ov_lig_dp_it I'm thinking 8-10 of the 16 I have will do the trick.

    I have two Gosund Dimmer Switches for lights in my den, and a GE Ceiling fan switch too. Both are connected via Google Assistant, and I have 5 google homes, 3 minis, one Home, one Home Hub.

    Finally, I took the plunge and in a couple of weeks I'm having a 11.4 KwH solar array put in. I'll be getting the 26% tax incentive after which my monthly solar payment will be $145 and the note is paid off in 12.5 years as opposed to 20 if I do not apply the incentive to my loan. We do not have net metering in Amarillo, TX yet, though Lubbock just added it. By getting a full array I'll avoid the cap Xcel Energy placed on homes in Lubbock of 9KwH arrays on roofs. Once the co-ops come in and Net Metering is enacted, I should have no electric bill, and possibly a payment. So, I'm excited for that.

    I'm replacing all my C by GE bulbs with the remaining pocket lights from the kitchen, and placing those bulbs in lamps around the house. That should cover most of the lighting in the house except the den. It has track lighting.

    sigh.

    This is the next purchase: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08J49X3VL...v_ov_lig_dp_it

    Other than replacing my AC units, that should do it. Probably getting a new garage door opener too at some point, but that's more a luxury than anything else. The one I have works. And I usually remember to close it. Usually.

    Lastly I am probably setting up a solar/battery grid to make my wife a she shed. She's getting antsy about it.
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