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Posted: 06/21/19 05:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Seattle Steve wrote:

It's nice to (maybe, if everything works correctly) be able to see a problem while snowbirding, but then what? You're 1000 miles away. You still need someone there with access to fix the problem. Nothing beats a neighbor or friend regularly checking on the place, even if you have to pay them.


You are correct of course, we always leave a set of keys with a trusted neighbor or friend. Monitoring and an occasional visit work best.


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I do not have a smart phone, saves a lot of money but means most of those discussed things do me no good. But I do have a great neighbor who gets my daily mail & waters the plants. I leave the temp at 52 and the water heater on pilot.

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Per my experience, having water heater under the pressure is the highest risk for potential problems. Than having live flame is another.
That is why my house has water shut off and only garden piping supply water to evaporative coolers.
Neighbors are the best, but I put mine on chlorinating the swimming pool and occasional water for the cactus.
Obviously in Las Vegas no need for heating.
My android is on $10/month family plan and having bunch of $5 WI-FI switches, I can control the lights. Have roof lights that I plan to turn on for 4th of July, so my house will not look darker than neighborhood.





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lryrob9301 wrote:

Why bother with all this monitoring.
I like to also know what is going on in an around the house. If there is an intruder I'll have my son, 4 doors down, board up the windows or door when the perps leave. Don't want him going in when they are there. The rest is insured. Alexa will even notify me if there is a loud noise and I can then see what is happening.

Two Echo units still running covers the house. Cameras cover the doors and windows. Doorbell camera gives what is outside and if they shoveled the snow. I can also see if we want to come home yet.


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