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Home automation is on the rise now a'days with the advent of smartphones and with wifi becoming more popular in houses. On the low end, you have equipment like the x10 Commander - this will allow you to control x10 devices from an iPhone / Android phone over WiFi. The commander acts as a bridge between WiFi controllers and x10 devices. x10 devices can ...


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Get a carbon monoxide detector, and block of one or more of the non-bedroom vents. This will force more of the warm air to your bedroom. You can just tape cardboard over the vent or they make magnetic vent blockers that are pretty cheap. I believe that you will be able to use a modern thermostat. The wiring may be confusing but if you read the thermostat ...


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If you want to be able to control it from your Android device, you can use a ODControl (we produce it in the company where I work in) and create a desktop icon. It will work just as a real app where you can switch on and off up to 8 devices (heating system, lights, etc). It has an Ethernet interface and a webserver, so you will need to configure your router ...


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I've been doing something similar for the past couple of months. At present the setup only extends to my workshop (for testing). Currently I am using a single UNO for control which reads various sensor states, including light level and temperature/humidity, plus some door (reed relay) and IR movement sensors. The arduino reads the state and sends messages to ...


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There is an option that may work for you that you didn't list. If you're not using your home's phone lines, you can disconnect them from the utility and use them to carry the signal from a player (computer, mp3 player, etc) to each stereo. Then you can use apps like "Retune" or "Remote" to control the audio from your computer. I've done it in my house and ...


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There is a basic reality that is being missed in several posts on this issue. No matter what energy is being used--gasoline, electricity, wood, coal (or even nuclear)--it takes MORE energy to GET a thing moving, cooling, heating, than it does to KEEP a thing moving, cooling, or heating. If you doubt this basic scientific principle--albeit, stated in ...



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