Automating Velux Blinds with Home Assistant

Automating Velux Blinds with Home Assistant

I have two Velux windows in my roof, each with a battery-powered blind, charged by a built-in solar panel. Each blind has its own Velux KL312 remote which has three buttons: blind up, blind down and stop. The remotes can’t be included in Home Assistant without...
Upgrade Raspberry Pi 4 with an SSD drive

Upgrade Raspberry Pi 4 with an SSD drive

SD cards can fail when used in a Raspberry Pi. Failure isn’t an option for me, since I use my Raspberry Pi 4 to run my smart home. In my older Raspberry Pi 2, the SD card failed and my whole smart home went offline. That was painful. To avoid making the same...
How I built new habits: The 66 Day Habit Challenge

How I built new habits: The 66 Day Habit Challenge

Building a new habit is hard. I usually stumble into habits, both good and bad. When I’m deliberate about a habit, it sticks for several days, but if I stumble off track – because of work, travel or life in general – I usually stay off track. Travel...
My top 5 home automation projects

My top 5 home automation projects

I’ve been automating my house since 2012. I started out with basic home ‘automation’ which turned the lights on and off at set times. Since I now spend a lot more time at home (thanks COVID!) I’ve implemented different home automations to help...