Hohm: Microsoft’s answer to Google PowerMeter

The world’s largest software-maker, Microsoft Corp., has launched Hohm, an online web-based service that lets consumers monitor their home energy consumption and rates in real-time and get related energy information.

Users who do not power their homes with a supported company can still use the service to get information about estimated total monthly energy costs for their homes, a breakdown of cost allocation, followed by a recommendations report, by simply answering a series of questions.

For example, a recommendation Hohm provided was “Have a professional seal your home’s air leaks and reduce leakage by 40 percent”, the app estimated the total cost of sealing the air leaks to be $276-$832, with annual savings of $260.

The real time monitoring service is currently available with a small handful of energy partners who use smart meters, including Sacramento’s Municipal Utility District, City Light Seattle, Puget Sound Energy, and Xcel Energy.

Hohm can provide more accurate information via data it gathers from the real-time feed over time.

Microsoft is expected to add many more partners in the coming months.

Hohm is currently in private beta, so you’ll have to give them your email address and wait until you receive a beta sign up email to use the service.

Google is also developing a competing product, Google PowerMeter, that essentially shows “consumers their personal electricity consumption right on a home computer.”

Google’s PowerMeter also relies on smart meters from partners. Google’s current partners include San Diego Gas & Electrc (California), TXU Energy (texas), Toronto Hydro (Canada), among other partners.

The aim of these services is to simply aggregate real-time information, and help consumers lower their monthly bills by better understanding where and how their homes are consuming the most energy.


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  • aaweeble4

    Finally, something we can actually use! Nice!

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  • aaweeble4

    Finally, something we can actually use! Nice!

  • http://www.lemonfree.com/ Dan Legal

    About time – To bad its going to take most utilities a couple of years to switch over. The sales potential is massive on this type of product. Imagine having google point out that your fridge is costing you $200 a year to run and that if you just purchase this (insert product) fridge instead you could save X amount a year and have the fridge paid off from the saving in x amount of months.

  • http://www.lemonfree.com/ Dan Legal

    About time – To bad its going to take most utilities a couple of years to switch over. The sales potential is massive on this type of product. Imagine having google point out that your fridge is costing you $200 a year to run and that if you just purchase this (insert product) fridge instead you could save X amount a year and have the fridge paid off from the saving in x amount of months.

  • http://business2press.com Hercules K

    Very valid point, probably exactly while they're all trying to get in on this. It will probably take a while…I also see the energy companies wanting more out of this, why would they open their systems if they won't get much out of it?

  • http://business2press.com Hercules K

    Very valid point, probably exactly while they're all trying to get in on this. It will probably take a while…I also see the energy companies wanting more out of this, why would they open their systems if they won't get much out of it?

  • Pauli

    funny thing is everyone is gonna start using these services because they're actually useful….. google adsense is gonna make a killing!

  • Pauli

    funny thing is everyone is gonna start using these services because they're actually useful….. google adsense is gonna make a killing!

  • Anonymous

    Finally, something we can actually use! Nice!

  • http://www.lemonfree.com/ Dan Legal

    About time – To bad its going to take most utilities a couple of years to switch over. The sales potential is massive on this type of product. Imagine having google point out that your fridge is costing you $200 a year to run and that if you just purchase this (insert product) fridge instead you could save X amount a year and have the fridge paid off from the saving in x amount of months.

  • Hercules K

    Very valid point, probably exactly while they’re all trying to get in on this. It will probably take a while…I also see the energy companies wanting more out of this, why would they open their systems if they won’t get much out of it?

  • Pauli

    funny thing is everyone is gonna start using these services because they’re actually useful….. google adsense is gonna make a killing!

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