Users of Microsoft's Hohm energy management software can now access real-time meter readings from anywhere with a wireless signal. The company has partnered up with Blue Line Innovations, which will provide a wireless sensor that links your meter to your Hohm account.
While the online Hohm service has been free, the Blue Line upgrade will cost extra. It's $250 for the package, which includes the sensor that mounts to the meter, a wireless in-home energy monitoring device and a WiFi gateway. But the benefits include being able to see energy usage data in real-time and make adjustments, like turning off lights or electronics, if needed.
Before now, users could monitor their energy use only through analyzing past data provided by their utilities or by manually entering information from energy bills. This upgrade will likely show the true value of energy management software: the ability to instantly see the impact of your energy use, at any time, any where.
The only downer is that while Hohm has been accessible by any browser or operating system, the upgrade will only work with a Windows machine.
written by Elliott Lemenager, July 28, 2010
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