EcoHome Lab July 2017: Adventures in Home Automation

Matt reports back from the EcoHome Lab field trip. We first met Mike Wilson in 2016 at an EcoHome Lab meetup session 'From Monitoring to Control' exploring the recent integration of the building blocks of home automation (MQTT, NodeRED and OpenHAB) into the EmonPi, the central base-station for the OpenEnergyMonitor system (view session presentation). In … Read more

Another whole house retrofit delivered…

Works are complete at the Tait's home in Chorlton South Manchester as another member achieves their whole house retrofit ambitions. Julian and Sophie were part of our original cohort for the Community Green Deal programme. However, issues with the contractor for that scheme meant they then had to procure their works themselves. They were however … Read more

EcoHomeLab November 2016 – More monitoring, emonCMS dashboards and MyHomeEnergyPlanner

It felt a bit quieter this time but still interesting with some hands on work and presentations about emonCMS dashboards, how energuy monitoring changed my :p and MyHomeEnergyPlanner, the tool for house assessments we are developing in CarbonCoop. The electronics of the day Duncan and Shahzad had finished building their monitors in previous sessions. But … Read more

EcoHomeLab October 2016 – “More EnergyMonitor building and Modelling a MicroGrid”

Another busy busy busy EcoHomeLab. Many things happened this time: not only we had to carry on working on the HomeEnergyMonitors that some people started building in September's session, there was also some troubleshooting needed, a video recording and a presentation about modeling generation, storage and demand respond. Energy monitors So Shahzad carried on building … Read more