My name is Tom Lawson. I’m a semi-retired software engineer with a passion for home automation and saving energy.
I’ve developed a variety of energy saving techniques implemented on the Samsung SmartThings Hub–such as anticipating heating or cooling needs based on data from Weather Underground and meeting those needs by strategically controlling whole house fans and windows. I also have integrated solutions for saving energy with attic fans, ceiling fans, window coverings, garage fans, and basement fans.
What sets my applications apart from other energy saving techniques is that you actually gain comfort while saving energy. A typical house during a heat wave will spend most of the day at or near the cooling set point, e.g. 78 degree F. But with my application, Climate Control Guru, night venting allows your house to get as low as your heating set point, e.g. 68 degrees F, and then spend most of the day somewhere in the middle. Friends always comment that my house is always so cool during the summer. They are always surprised when I tell them that I rarely ever have to run my air conditioner.
I live in Northern California where daily temperature swings are relatively high, but even in fairly humid climates where temperature swings are smaller, similar results can be achieved by adding an inside humidity sensor to the mix.
I take saving energy very seriously. My house has LED lighting, on-demand water heaters, and solar panels. I use my own applications to control a whole house fan, ceiling fan, attic fan, a garage fan, skylight, and thermostat. These Lawson Automation applications are a logical extension of what I consider to be an important part of saving money and helping to protect the earth.
Read more about my applications in the products section or more about me on LinkedIn. Read more about the SmartThings Hub here. Read about what lead me to choose this hub. You can download my applications from github at https://github.com/lawsonautomation/. You can contribute to my development effort here at PayPal.
All the Best!