Always heavily consider open source alternatives (something which didn’t exist for Firebase at the time… but now alternatives like Horizon and Backendless exist, for example.
Firebase Costs Increased by 7,000%!

Full disclosure, I’m one of the creators but you might want to check out We even had an article back in the day about how you can use Feathers as an alternative to Firebase:

Things have evolved quite a bit since then and you can do everything Firebase does but in an open source way. 😁

Thanks for writing such a great article HomeAutomation!

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