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Old 01-11-2016, 12:12 PM
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The husband??

Um, not YOUR husband, right?

The husband of the murder victim.
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Old 01-11-2016, 02:29 PM
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But I don't want to accidentally turn up the heat or turn on all the lights. And on the rare times when we are all away and the house is locked, I'd prefer it stay that way.
It still seems like you are missing the home automation point though. If I accidentally "butt dial" my thermostat way up in the winter, I have an automation routine that fixes it. When everyone leaves the house for the day, the temp drops to 55. When we come home, it bumps to 70. When things calm down in the evening (aka no motion downstairs for 30 mins between 10p-2a) the temp goes down to 68. In the morning, the temp bumps back up to 70 a half hour before our alarms go off.

This all goes a long way in our poorly insulated 100 year old home to reducing utility bills.

In any case, manually adjusting the thermostat with the app would involve unlocking my phone, opening the app, swiping to the devices page, selecting the thermostat, then tapping the button to the temp I want. I'd be very impressed if your butt could accomplish all that.

Given the age of our house, one other useful automation is turning on the living room light. The switch is on the far wall which means you have to walk across the dark room, strewn with toys usually, to turn on the light. Now I've got the light automated to turn on when there is motion in the room and then turn off 30 minutes after the room "calms down". Very handy.
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So did you do a cost/benefit analysis on which cost more, home automation or better insulating your home?
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Old 01-11-2016, 08:25 PM
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The husband of the murder victim.
A simple CTM would have sufficed.
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So did you do a cost/benefit analysis on which cost more, home automation or better insulating your home?
Hmm, lots of variables to pin down. How long will insulation last? What kind of eroding effectiveness will there be? Cost?
I have no idea about any of those. Maybe that internetty thing can help.

Certainly, long-term it would be better to reupholster the home. And, while doing it, make it easy to reupholster the NEXT time.
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Old 01-12-2016, 12:17 AM
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I already have automation. My thermostats automatically bring the temp up and down during the day, with a different pattern for weekends and week days. If I'm on vacation, I can tell it to stay at 55 until I return. I'm not seeing how it's easier to adjust that on my phone than on the box on the wall.

As for your inconvenient light switch -- that can be fixed in other ways, although if you are writing the whole house for remote control, of course that takes care of it.
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So did you do a cost/benefit analysis on which cost more, home automation or better insulating your home?
As DTNF points out, insulating the whole house would be a nice long term solution, but as a part of doing insulation, we will be redoing the entire exterior (tearing off the old clapboard which is covered with asphalt siding which is covered with vinyl siding), spraying foam insulation, and then putting up new clapboard. That will probably in the tens of thousands range, so this is a quick fix till that happens in a few years.

Money spent on home automation is around $1,000 so far. If nothing else, I enjoy the logic stuff for setting up automations and trying to think of interesting ways to use it.
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Oh, well, if you are enjoying it as a not -too-expensive toy, go for it. I enjoy toys. That's not the one I want, but tastes vary and all that.
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Old 01-12-2016, 09:23 AM
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I only do that for folks who use red font. Nya nya nya nya.
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I only do that for folks who use red font. Nya nya nya nya.
I thought the appropriate term was "nya nya nya nya nya".
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