Bed Occupancy Sensor guts

Making my dumb bed, smart – Home Assistant Bed Occupancy Sensor

I built a bed occupancy sensor to use in my Home Assistant home automation setup using an FSR and an ESP8266-based dev board that reports status over MQTT that I can use in my automations!

Smart Garbage part 1

Smart Garbage! pt 1 – Pattern for deferring service calls in Home Assistant

This post covers how I defer Home Assistant notifications until I get home and how to implement it with yaml automations. Part one of a series about a technology and concepts I use in the automations for my garbage bins.

Telegram keyboard and callbacks in Home Assistant with Node-RED

Last week I made this blog post describing how to use the Telegram inline keyboard and callback functions within Home Assistant. I posted the article to Reddit and…

Telegram Inline Keyboard

The simple guide to Telegram’s custom inline keyboard and telegram_callbacks in Home Assistant

Note: If you’d like to see how this is implemented with Node-RED instead, check this post. A while ago I made this post about creating an automation and…

Philips Hue Goal Light with Home Assistant

NHL goal light celebration with Home Assistant and Philips Hue

Ok, so here’s one of the automations that I think is pretty fun– my neighbours might disagree though. This is how I use Home Assistant to automatically trigger…

My Nighttime reading setup using Philips Hue and KoReader

Just wanted to quickly post about my new night-time reading set-up since I’m pretty happy with it, so far. I hesitate to call this a scene, because when…

Philips Hue natural sunrise alarm clock

Using Home Assistant and Philips Hue to create a full colour sunrise alarm clock

This is a new automation in my set-up, but it’s one I’m pretty happy with, not only because I think it’s a pretty cool effect, but for me,…

Quick Tip: Controlling Colour of Groups of Philips Hue Lights in Home Assistant

Just a quick little tip for anybody using Philips Hue and Home Assistant– I noticed this while working on a component that I’m hoping to release in the…

Philips Hue and Tasker – Use your lights as a notification for Text Messages

A couple years ago, back when I first bought my Philips Hue lights, I posted this video of me using my lights as a notification for incoming text…

Pizza

My house automatically orders pizza for me – Dominos Pizza automation using Home Assistant

Note: If you were linked here to see my telegram keyboard/callback implementation, I’ve got a more complete example here A good automation takes an action that you regularly…