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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 4 – Connect Control

Automower ‘Connect’ is Husqvarna’s name for their smartphone interface to the mower. The hardware is fitted as standard on the range topping 450X, but it’s an add-on you’ll have to pay for if you own a 430X, 420, 330X or 320. Additionally, installing the Connect module is not a DIY job, requiring a trip back to your dealer […]

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Devolo Home Control Review Part 2 – Motion Detection and Switching

Building on the Starter pack it is natural to extend the scope of the system by adding some additional devices and Devolo have provided a good range of options. Motion detection One of the next most obvious additions is the Motion Detector (Art No: 9503) that costs around £50. The first thing that strikes us is […]

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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 3 – Perfect Timing

So after Installing the Automower followed by a Few Weeks of Intensive Cutting it was time to throttle back and let Elon take it a little bit easier. The machine ships in 24/7 mode and you need to manually turn on the timer to start scheduling your cut. You probably want to mow when the lawn is not […]

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Devolo Home Control Review Part 1 – Starter Pack

Interested in having a ‘smart home’? Want to do more than just switch a few lights on and off? Want to save energy and cut down on your electric and fuel bills? Want a higher level of convenience and security for your home? Well Devolo think they might have the answer and it’s called Home […]

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SMA Sunny Home Manager Maximises Self Consumption for Solar PV Owners

Exporting the unused energy produced on domestic Solar PV systems is a bad idea. The current rate in our area is only around £0.03 per kWh and some countries are removing export tariffs completely, It’s much better then to use every ounce of your home made energy yourself and well known German manufacturer SMA has a […]

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Fortrezz MIMOLite Z-wave Multi Input Output Universal Bridge

  Here’s a module that should be ideal to bridge your DIY projects to your Z-Wave network.. The Fortrezz MIMOlite is an interface / bridge module, capable of converting a digital or analog voltage input and/or a Z-WaveTM RF message input to a dry contact relay output and/or a Z-WaveTM RF message output. The MIMOlite module […]

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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 2 –The First Cut is the Deepest

Last time we left the mower driving off its charging dock to calibrate itself then set about its first cut (if you haven’t already, then check out Part One). Before the robot arrived our lawn was freshly mowed using our faithful Rider 15T, our second Husqvarna ride-on mower and one that’s been supremely capable, reliable and a pleasure […]

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Efergy Engage Hub Monitors Home Energy Consumption & PV Solar Generation Online

We all know the story, you need to be able to measure something before you can set about implementing changes. It’s no different for your home’s power consumption, so lets get measuring and saving. There are plenty of home energy monitors around but the engage hub kit from UK based Efergy is a little different. Instead of a […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: Energenie 30 Minute Run Down Timer Plug

Over complicating stuff can be something of a habit with some home automators but sometimes the KISS principal is best observed. Here’s a gadget that should be a cheaper and more reliable way of automatically turning off those devices we always worry about leaving on… The Rundown Timer is perfect for those of us who leave the […]

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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 1 – The Robots are Coming

Earlier this year Husqvarna launched a campaign looking for 100 bloggers to test out their Automower robotic lawnmower range. Now who doesn’t want their own little R2D2 running round their garden, so of course I applied and in the end was lucky enough to be shortlisted to receive one of the bots. Husqvarna have kindly offered the recipients the chance to […]

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