Aeotec’s Z-Wave Home Energy Meter

Even though I have the Brultech monitor a friend pointed this out and although I was sure I wasn’t going to replace mine I wanted to check out this cheaper alternative. I was also a bit skeptical at first as I wasn’t sure if this would work with my electrical service. I remember having to upgrade my Brultech’s CT sensors to accurately monitor my new 200 amp service. The directions are geared towards setting up with Verizon’s Home Monitoring and Control, however they were clear that this will work with a 200 amp service. Setting up with Verizon’s home automation service is not necessary (and Verizon has since discontinued that service.) I found setup was a breeze using the ISY994i. You will want to take the battery cover off and tap the small black button to add the device to your Z-wave network. Make sure you have the ISY994i searching for Z-wave devices. It should discover it within seconds. As recommended in the instructions, AC power should be used. However, if you wish to use batteries, it will work fine and the ISY994i can even monitor the battery level!

Here is what it looks like paired with my ISY994i:

The Brultech is the way to go for monitoring multiple circuits and in terms of accuracy, the best. Aeotec’s meter doesn’t have any built in calibration settings to improve accuracy. I hope to include a way to log data to emoncms soon.

Insteon Ceiling Fan Module 2475F

This is a great way to control a ceiling fan from an insteon wall switch or your phone, especially if your existing wall switch is only wired to control power to the ceiling fan/light. Why run another wire for dedicated fan control when you can do it with less time and money? If there is a switch you will want to replace it. You don’t want the ceiling fan powerless when you are trying to control from your phone, etc. I went with the Insteon 2334-232 Keypad Dimmer Switch. If your lights are not dimmable and you don’t want to replace them go with the non-dimmable version.

Here is the fan module removed from packaging. You will use all wires; white (neutral, black, red (fan control), and blue (light control). If your fixture is controlled by a switch you will likely have a red wire instead of black. Red goes to black wire on the Insteon module in my case.

I was a little worried at first that it wasn’t fitting. The fan covering was smaller than I thought but it fit perfectly as shown below.

I noticed that the LEDs would bleed through the bottom and top of the shroud a little bit so to add the final touch disable the LEDs with the ISY994 software.

Uncheck LED Backlight.

Update: 11-15-2017

I started to get some humming/buzzing noises coming from my fan, as well as the medium and high speeds not working anymore. Apparently this is a common issue with the Insteon FanLinc and I had to replace it under warranty.

The process to replace was fairly easy, once I knew what steps to follow. After swapping out the old one follow the normal steps to detect a new Insteon device. Then right click the old device in the ISY Admin Console, and use the “Replace with” function. If you have any trouble with scenes like I did, you may need to run the “Restore Device” and “Write Updates to Device” functions as well. Below was the output of the “Diagnostics, Scene Test” before I had run the other two functions.

Sat 11/11/2017 08:29:44 PM : [GRP-RX ] 02 61 11 13 00 06
Sat 11/11/2017 08:29:44 PM : [INST-SRX ] 02 50 40.18.D0 30.DA.E2 E5 13 FF LTOFFRR(FF)
Sat 11/11/2017 08:29:44 PM : [CLEAN-UP-RPT] 02 58 06
Sat 11/11/2017 08:29:44 PM : [INST-SRX ] 02 50 40.18.D0 30.DA.E2 E1 13 FF LTOFFRR(FF)
Sat 11/11/2017 08:29:44 PM : [INST-SRX ] 02 50 34.64.01 30.DA.E2 65 13 11 LTOFFRR(11)
Sat 11/11/2017 08:29:44 PM : [Std-Cleanup Ack] 34.64.01–>ISY/PLM Group=0, Max Hops=1, Hops Left=1
<html><font color=”red”>—– MasterBedroom Test Results —–</font></html>
<html><font color=”red”>[Succeeded]</font> MasterBedroomOnOff (34 64 1 1)</html>
<html><font color=”red”>[Failed]</font> 3F.B6.45-Light (40 18 D0 1)</html>
<html><font color=”red”>—– MasterBedroom Test Results —–</font></html>
Sat 11/11/2017 08:29:52 PM : [INST-TX-I1 ] 02 62 00 00 11 CF 13 00
Sat 11/11/2017 08:29:52 PM : [INST-ACK ] 02 62 00.00.11 CF 13 00 06 LTOFFRR(00)

Update: 7-31-2019

It seems I am having issues with this again, although now it is the low speed that produces a light humming noise. I haven’t started the replacement process as medium and high speeds still work.

Dylos DC1100 Pro Air Quality Monitor

Most posts on this site have to do with home automation, however having a healthy and safe home fits well with smart home guide. The DC1100 currently monitors my basement workshop. Ideally, I want to be able to automatically turn on my WEN Air Filtration system when it detects a spike in particles in the air. At this time I just have it logging to a neat graph (thanks to the wonderful support from amCharts). I’d like to add more sensors, including an outdoor one in the near future.

The Dylos DC1100 logs a sample every 60 seconds and records it into a text file. The pie chart below gives a visual representation of the air quality over a given period of time. As you can see, the air quality was recorded within the “fair” range nearly 50 percent of the time between February 3rd and February 14th 2017.

One thing I like about the Dylos DC1100’s physical appearance is that is has a digital display on front of the device. It displays the small particles down to 0.5 μ and the large particles down to 2.5 μ however you need to times the values by 100 to get the actual count. The graphed values above are the actual count per cubic foot.

If you would like to use the graphs above for your device feel free to download them here.

Cheap lamp dimmer module

Back in 2009 when I was first starting to get into home automation, I bought two of the LampLinc Essential 2000SC for less than $10. I’m finally using them with the ISY994i. I think they are perfect for setting up an on/off schedule.

I configured a program as follows:

Unlike Insteon, you need to program the 2000SC an address. The address starts with a letter (A-P), followed by a number (1-16). Per my program above, I chose B1.

  1. Plug in the 2000SC.
  2. Quickly right click on the newly created program, and click “Run Then”.
  3. Do step 2 a total of three times to program the address B1 to the 2000SC.

Unfortunately Smarthome.com has since discontinued the 2000SC however I do see them pop up on ebay and amazon from time to time.