Ok, so I have a problem; a measurement & charting problem. The first step is to admit you have a problem; but I don’t yet want to change, it’s too much fun! Continue reading
Oh, man, this is just too cool. And sadly I just upgraded to an iPhone 4, not 4s (I am both a sucker for a deal, and normally filled with buyer’s regret). But anyway, this guy used the Radio Thermostat API (which I mentioned in my last post) together with a Siri hack to add voice control to his thermostat. How awesome is that? (The thermostat he used is the 3M-50 available at Home Depot, a rebranded version of the CT-30 available at Amazon [amzn]).
Looks like his code is here.
I love it when device manufacturers realize that they can do well by selling a device with documented interfaces, in the hopes that a nebulous community of hackers will invent cool new things for it. So I was pretty happy when the Radio Thermostat Company of America announced that they had an API available for their wifi thermostats (such as the 3M-50 at Home Depot or the CT-50 [amzn] at Amazon). Continue reading
In an earlier post I had tried out a few ways to figure out if our energy-saving efforts with respect to natural gas use were paying off; I did a few bar graphs of therms per day, per heating degree day, rolling yearly averages, etc. I knew that I needed to normalize for the weather using Heating Degree Days, since natural gas is our primary heating fuel, and I probably needed to find a way to separate space heating from water heating, which have different conservation methods, and which may or may not be weather dependent. Continue reading
Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Efficiency — power is ever stealing [into your home]. — Me, with apologies to Wendell Phillips, Thomas Jefferson, or whoever said it first.
I’ve done everything I can to eliminate incandescent bulbs from my house, relying largely on CFLs. This has helped me dramatically reduce my power bills – but with some drawbacks. Continue reading