How much does it cost to run a portable air conditioner, and how quickly does it cool a room? [Updated with 2022 prices]

UPDATE: This was originally written back in 2021 and somehow since then, back then all we had to worry about was a pandemic. That’s still a problem but we now also have war and a cost of living crisis. What a time to be alive. I have therefore updated this post with more accurate pricing, … Read more

Insteon Guide: Windows 11/10 Home Hyper V installation for Home Assistant Windows Portable (HassWP)

Following on from my previous Insteon posts about setting up Home Assistant Windows Portable (HassWP) and cheap PCs to run as a server for Docker/Insteon. This post is a guide for anyone wanting to get Home Assistant Windows Portable working on a PC running Windows Home. In my HassWP original post, I installed Home Assistant … Read more

Set up Home Assistant for Insteon – Cheap Hardware for a Linux Docker Server

This is my second Home Assistant for Insteon post, and I will be writing a couple more to help anyone that is trying to get their Insteon smart home back up and running. Earlier this month, Insteon unexpectedly ceased trading and disabled all its cloud server functionality, effectively making the Insteon hub useless. Not all … Read more

What Features are Most Common in Smart Speakers?

The term “smart” is the right term to use when describing the latest advancement in the development of smart speakers. Smart speakers play your favorite music, automatically control the electronic components of your home, and give answers to questions asked verbally by anyone inside of a house. According to the audio experts at Selby, smart … Read more

How to use Insteon devices without a cloud connection – Set up Home Assistant on Windows

Yesterday, I reported that Insteon has gone out of business and shut down all their cloud services with no notice. The Insteon app uses the Insteon servers to process the requests from the app, effectively making it useless. Things like schedules are stored on the hub, so these will continue to be processed. However, not … Read more

Insteon smart home automation servers are down & the company is believed to have gone bust

Update: I have written a basic guide on how to get Insteon working with Home Assistant on Windows. Update 2: Confirming what we already knew, Insteon has formally ceased trading and has posted a notification on the website. Users are also being contacted with a Important Notice to Creditors. It is currently being reported that … Read more

Eufy Security Video Doorbell Chime Review – Quick, reliable alerts but expensive vs Amazon Echo Do

This will be a bit of a short review. Recently I gave a glowing review of the Eufy Security Dual Camera Video Doorbell, and I was a big fan of the Video Doorbell 2K I reviewed two years ago. When I did the Video Doorbell 2K review, Eufy didn’t sell additional chimes. You had a … Read more

AIRROBO T10+ Self-Empty Robot Vacuum & Mop Review – The cheapest self-emptying smart mapping vacuum on Amazon

The AIRROBO T10+ is a high spec, low price robot vacuum. This has pretty much all the features you could want from a robot vacuum, LiDAR navigation, vacuuming and mopping with no go and no mop zones, a long lasting battery and a self empty station. It is also one of the cheapest options on … Read more

TP-Link Tapo P110 Energy Monitoring Smart Plug Review vs Kasa HS110 & KP115 – Half the Price, Almost Identical

I recently wrote a post on ways to try and reduce your electricity bills. One of the main tools I have used in identifying power-hungry devices is the now discontinued TP-Link Kasa HS110. It is a superb smart plug, and have used several of them in combination with the KP105 to monitor and control some … Read more

Eufy Security Video Doorbell Dual Camera Review – The Best Doorbell Camera for 2022

I have loved most of the Eufy Security products I have reviewed in the past few years. I was first incredibly impressed with the EufyCam 2C, which had a spotlight and colour video and superb battery life, outclassing competing brands. More recently, I was equally impressed with the Eufy Security Floodlight Cam 2 Pro, being … Read more

Ultenic K10 Smart Air Fryer Review – An alternative to the Proscenic T22 Smart Air Fryer

I have always loved the idea of smart kitchen tech. Being able to schedule or remote start cooking, so my food is ready for when I get home is very appealing to me. I have previously reviewed the Proscenic T21 smart air fryer, and I was impressed and still use it today. Recently Ultenic sent … Read more

Proscenic Sping Deals: M8 PRO Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum Cleaner for £375, P11 Cordless Vacuum for £127

Many sellers on Amazon are having 12 day Spring sales, including affordable applicant brand Proscenic. Proscenic M8 PRO Robot Vacuum & Self Empty Station I am a big fan of robot vacuums with laser navigation. They have been one of my favourite pieces of tech in the past couple of years. The Proscenic M8 PRO … Read more

We.lock Smart Lock Review [SOHO-EU] – Pin code & RFID smart lock makes this more convenient to use than Bold

We.Lock, or Welock, depending on which site you go on, is an affordable Chinese brand specialising in smart locks. They offer a wide range of locks catering for different markets. This includes locks to cater to US deadlocks and a different set of products for the EU market, which typically having a more secure multi-point … Read more

Reolink Duo 4G Review – Dual 4MP cameras for 150° surveillance using mobile data

I have previously reviewed the innovative and quirky POE powered Reolink Duo. More recently, I reviewed the Reolink Go Plus, which is the 4G camera that competes with the Arlo Go 2. The Reolink Duo 4G is a sort of love child of those cameras. It has good potential for remote surveillance as you have … Read more

Airthings View Plus Review – An impressive 7 sensors including radon and particulate matter

Since taking an interest in Indoor Air Quality and using and reviewing air purifiers I have found my hay fever and breathing has improved quite a bit. With so many people suffering from allergies and breathing issues I think air quality is an area of health that is becoming increasingly important to people. I have … Read more

How to Reduce Electricity Bills: Identifying power-hungry devices & limiting usage

I am lucky that I signed up for a new fixed tariff just before everything got too crazy with gas and electricity. However, I did see our monthly bill rise about 40% and now pay £220 a month, which is a lot for a two-person household. Like everyone else, I have been exploring ways to … Read more

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