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  • Home Assistant

    :house_with_garden: Open source home automation that puts local control and privacy first.

  • These are Tuya ones (unfortunately, the specific one on Amazon has been removed now, so can't share a link) reflashed with Tasmota so I can use them natively with Home Assistant rather than bouncing through a third-party cloud service. Bit of logic to manage the transitions from "not using power" to "using power" and convert that into notifications to the various Google Homes.

  • Tasmota

    Alternative firmware for ESP8266 and ESP32 based devices with easy configuration using webUI, OTA updates, automation using timers or rules, expandability and entirely local control over MQTT, HTTP, Serial or KNX. Full documentation at

  • These are Tuya ones (unfortunately, the specific one on Amazon has been removed now, so can't share a link) reflashed with Tasmota so I can use them natively with Home Assistant rather than bouncing through a third-party cloud service. Bit of logic to manage the transitions from "not using power" to "using power" and convert that into notifications to the various Google Homes.

  • InfluxDB

    Power Real-Time Data Analytics at Scale. Get real-time insights from all types of time series data with InfluxDB. Ingest, query, and analyze billions of data points in real-time with unbounded cardinality.

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