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5. Garage and Yard > 64. Get the Weather

Get the Weather

If you have an Internet connection, or your own personal weather station, two Macintosh programs make it a snap to use the information with your home automation system.

Weather information is a handy thing to integrate with your home automation system. Once you know the current outside temperature and conditions, you can use this information in a variety of ways. Here are just a few ways in which you can use it:

  • Adjust your heater or air conditioning system [Hack #41].

  • Announce the day’s forecast every morning [Hack #47].

  • Remind your wife to take a sweater with her when she leaves [Hack #70].

  • Skip watering the lawn [Hack #67] if it’s raining.

Your first consideration when deciding to use weather information is how precise and up-to-date you need the information to be. You can either rely on data from the Internet or use a personal weather station to measure conditions in your backyard.


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