Brent Saltzman

  1. Using Home Assistant to start a Plex playlist using Alexa

    One of my favorite Home Assistant use cases is to control as much as possible using voice assistants. I enjoy the freedom of just shouting Alexa and asking her to do things and Home Assistant allows you to do so much more than what is available just from the Amazon…

  2. How to use Home Assistant's new Energy Management with your Utility's Smart Meter

    Back in the August 2021 release of Home Assistant, Energy Management for your home was introduced. This system combines energy delivery, energy production, energy storage, and energy usage into one single pane of glass allowing users to be more thoughtful about their energy usage. They released a blog post outlining…

  3. Using the File Integration in Home Assistant to create a log file

    Using the Notify File component Home Assistant can create a log file of just about anything you want! Learn how to create a text log file such as each time your sump pump runs along with weather conditions and other relevant information.…

  4. Cleaning things up..

    👋  Howdy! If you tried to visit my website recently (perhaps in the past 48 hours or so) and were greeted with a 500 Server error or simply no DNS resolution, I sincerely apologize! My web hosting company performed some scheduled maintenance that did not go well for some of their…

  5. Adding a Belt Clip to your Leatherman Nylon Sheath

    Those that know me are well aware that I'm a huge fan of Leatherman multitools. I will never leave the house without one nor will I never be far away from one if I'm not wearing one on my hip or in my pocket. I have more Leathermans than I…

  6. Bring your Webex status into Home Assistant

    If you have been working from home like me since the start of March 2020, you have come to rely on tools like Webex Teams, Microsoft Teams, Slack and other channel style collaboration tools to keep in touch with your team and keep projects and tasks moving. I've been looking…