Using Events for Holiday or Temporary Automation

One of the big things I do with Home Assistant is call scripts via Google Assistant. We use a “goodnight” routine in Google Home that fires a script in Home Assistant (scripts are surfaced as scenes in Google Home). This runs a bunch of routine actions like turning off a group of lights, arming our alarm, and locking our doors.

Adaptive Lighting Component Scripts

I’m a big fan of the Adaptive Lighting component and have it configured for most rooms in our house. I however find myself tweaking names, adding rooms, removing rooms, etc which meant that all the automation I had for turning on sleep mode and resetting the state (i.e., making sure it’s on) kept getting stale. In came some scripts and templates!

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Creating an iOS Shortcut for Paperless

Over the past couple of years I’ve slowly been putting all of my paperwork into Paperless (first Paperless-ng and now Paperless-ngx). One of the things I’ve been meaning to do for a while now is create an iOS Shortcut to directly upload a file to Paperless without needing to email it or use the not-so-great mobile web interface. This means I could open a PDF someone sends me in iMessage and upload it straight to Paperless without any intermediary step of saving it to iCloud or emailing it.

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