Update, July 22, 2016: If you have already installed firmware update version 1.3.1 (465) for Eve Energy US, please install the latest version, 1.3.1 (466). The new version will appear in Eve, and it improves reliability. We apologize for the inconvenience. The recent Eve Door & Window firmware upgrade already includes version 1.3.1 (466). Firmware updates for our other products will already come with the new firmware.
Following Eve Weather, Eve Energy (US version) gets a firmware upgrade, which is easy to install via the Eve app. After the firmware update, the Eve Energy values “Power” (on/off) and “In Use” (Eve Energy US only; this means that a device is plugged into Eve Energy, on or not) can be added to automation rules as value triggers. The upgrade enables a new feature: the counter for total consumption may now be reset. The upgrade also offers significantly faster connection and switching on/off times for Eve Energy, and many other general improvements and bug fixes. All Eve devices that have received firmware upgrades are fully compatible with the Home app in Apple’s upcoming iOS 10. We will make upgrades available for the rest of our Eve devices soon.
iOS 10 improves value triggers
Value trigger support in the new Eve firmware is compatible with iOS 9.3.x, but becomes much more valuable with iOS 10. In iOS 9.3.x, rules with value triggers “live and act” on the iOS device on which they were originally created, which in most cases is the user’s iPhone. This means that your iPhone has to have a local or remote connection (via Apple TV) to your devices at home in order for the rules to execute.
With iOS 10 and an additional Apple TV 4 running tvOS 10 in your home (or an iPad running iOS 10 and the setting “Use this iPad as a Home Hub” activated), the rules you created on your iPhone are synchronized with the Apple TV 4 (and/or iPad), and the triggers “live” on your local network at home. The associated scenes for your rules are executed even if you and your iPhone are away from home and you do not have an internet connection.
With iOS 10, you’ll also have the option to use the Apple Home App besides Eve. You can use Home to check values and control devices, and you will have to use the Eve app for everything else e.g. creating rules with value triggers and conditions, check historical values, non-standard characteristics, listing of all types and more.
Firmware Upgrade: Eve Energy (US-Version)
Make sure to upgrade to the latest version of the Eve app first. The firmware upgrade can be completed quickly and easily using iOS 9.3.x (or iOS 10). In the Eve app, you’ll see a small red circle with a number on the Settings tab in the tab bar. The number indicates the number of devices for which Elgato offers a firmware update. Tap “Settings” and then tap “Accessories.” The Eve devices for which Elgato offers an update are marked with a small red icon with an arrow. Make sure your iOS device is close to the Eve device and tap on the device’s name (for example, Eve Energy) you want to upgrade. Tap “Update Firmware” on the next screen. To complete the update, you must be close to the device; you cannot complete the update remotely. The process takes four to five minutes, and it is fully automatic. At the end of the upgrade process, the Eve device will automatically restart and be ready to use. You must upgrade each device individually. For example, if you use three Eve Energy devices, you must complete the upgrade three times.
Resetting Total Consumption
After the firmware upgrade you may reset the “Total Consumption” for your Eve Energy devices. To do so select the device in “At a Glance” or “Rooms”, tap on “Total Consumption” then tap on the three dots to view the extended representation of the Measurements and tap “Reset Count”.
Using Value Triggers and Conditions
After the upgrade is complete, the value triggers “Power” and “In Use” on the device are ready for use within your rules. Like location triggers, a value trigger requires a change in a value and not a status to trigger the scene. Tap “Scenes” in the tab bar in Eve, and then tap “Rules > Add Rule > Next > Add Value Trigger.” Here you’ll find triggers listed by room and type. For example, we use “Types > Power”. You’ll find your Eve Energy devices that have the new firmware installed here. Activate the device for which you want set up a value trigger. You can choose between “Any” and “Specific.” For example, if you select “Any,” the trigger will fire and activate the associated scene once the status of “Power” gets switched from on to off or vice versa (same applies when selecting the value trigger “In Use”). You then set up an additional condition then to make the trigger work, specifying the on/off change.
If you choose “Specific” you can select between “on” and “off”. Once done tap “Add”, then “Next” and add an optional Value Condition or Time Condition like “After Sunset”. Tap “Next” and select a scene to be executed, or create a new one. Set a name for the rule, and you’re done. The same workflow applies when using “In Use” as a value trigger.
You may also create additional conditions while setting up a rule.
Value Triggers and Scenes
Once Eve Energy reports a change in the selected value, such as a change in “Power” or “In Use”, the scene associated with the trigger is activated. A change may be initiated by the user turning on or off Eve Energy via Eve manually or when activating another scene. Such a value trigger could switch on additional lighting scenes like your Hue lamps, a heater via Eve Thermo or other scenes. Therefore, you must create a scene or link an existing scene when setting up your value trigger(s).
Examples of Scenes
With your existing installation, you can set up several scenes for rules with value triggers. For example, you can turn on a humidifier that is plugged into Eve Energy, turn a radiator that is attached to Eve Thermo on or off, turn Hue lamps or lamps connected to Eve Energy on or off, and much more.
We are interested in your setup. What kind of rules with value triggers, optional conditions, and scenes do you use?