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EasyGrow Greenhouse
Follow our adventure of assembling an 8x12 EasyGrow Greenhouse.
AVR Programming Guides
We have some nice AVR code samples to share. Lots of AVR goodies like timers, interrupts, and pin I/O for the beginner.
Watts Tables
Use these tables to help you determine how much various items in your house cost you by the day, month, and year.
Saving Electricity
A list of a variety of ways to help you save money by learning how much it costs to run things.
What is a Kilowatt Hour
Saving money on your electric bill starts with understanding what a kilowatt hour is.
How To Measure Watts
Learn a variety of ways to measure watts in your house.
Read Your Power Meter
By reading your power meter you can get a good idea of how much various electrical devices cost you.
Electronics Fundamentals
Learn some basic electronics fundamentals and see if you enjoy the field of electronics.

Other Insteon Homebrew Sites

http://fredricksensoftware.us - This site has a few nice Insteon homebrew applications. Group Commander lets you create groups in your devices. Groups are how Insteon allows one button to control mulitple devices. Device Controller is an application that allows you to turn devices on and off from your computer. Copies of SDM are availble here for download as well.

http://www.cwfam.com - Ken Mill has some nice utilities here. One allows you to set timers in your PLC much like Smarthomes free Timer Software. Many people prefer Ken's InHomeFree interface to the TimerSoftware though. He also has a nice Command Line Interface to the Insteon network.

http://power-home.com - Dave created PowerHome a while ago for X10 and IR interfaces, but he has recently added Insteon support. It is excellent software, but not free. The demo is free, and you can see that it is quite powerfull. The forum is active, and Dave is great at fixing bugs and implementing new features.

http://www.accessha.com - This is one of the most popular forums for talking about Insteon hardware. There are some very smart people here that can answer your tough questions (like BLH and KenM from cwfam.com).


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Friday, 24-Mar-2017 14:52:58 PDT