I first started using HA just “monitoring” the stuff I already had (KODI, Harmony Hub, Network UPS Tools, Solar-Log, Synology, Ubiquiti). I quickly discovered that running HA on a Pi was a bit slow and did experience a few SD card corruptions. Since then I am running HA as a VM on Proxmox and it runs flawlessly!
I started using ESPHome on some ESP32 boards I had lying around. I use them to measure my water, electricity and gas consumption and the production of my solar panels. After that I bought some Sonoff Basic and S26 devices and flashed them with ESPHome. That was the first step using HA to start controlling stuff.
I have recently bought the CC2531 USB Zigbee dongle and I am taking my first steps with Zigbee devices (lightbulbs, sonoff sensors, Ikea remotes).
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