Alertme, British Gas and Google Launched Home Energy Management Service for UK Consumer

  • Posted on: 28 October 2009
  • By: chw staff

alertme energy managementAlertMe, the award-winning home energy management service, announced the launch of AlertMe Energy, giving consumers the ability to monitor their home energy usage online and act on that information to reduce their bills and carbon footprint. AlertMe Energy includes easy-to-install hardware and an online service that can be accessed from any Web browser. It is also tightly integrated with Google PowerMeter, making it easy to track energy consumption live from an iGoogle home page.

AlertMe Energy is simple to install and comes with the following:

  • A Meter Reader clips onto the home`s electricity meter, monitoring energy use for the entire home. No costly installation required.
  • A Hub plugs into the home broadband connection. This connects all in-home accessories (such as the Meter Reader) to the AlertMe service on the Web.
  • The online service and AlertMe dashboard is accessible anywhere the customer has an internet connection, from Web-enabled mobile phones to Google PowerMeter on their iGoogle home page. It clearly displays the home`s energy use and makes it easy to see the impact of changes over time to save money and energy.

"Many consumers feel they can`t protect themselves from rising energy costs or do anything to stop climate change. However, more than a quarter of all energy use happens in our homes and now AlertMe Energy gives consumers the power to monitor, control, and reduce the energy they use, saving money and reducing their carbon footprint," said Pilgrim Beart, founder and CEO, AlertMe, "Our partnership with Google PowerMeter puts your home energy consumption right in front of you every time you go online."

AlertMe is constantly expanding its online service to give consumers new options and functionality. At present, AlertMe Energy can be enhanced by adding SmartPlugs to automatically measure and control individual appliances, providing greater savings and convenience. In the future, AlertMe will provide a deeper level of detail and offer automated, tailored recommendations, making it even simpler to change behavior and save money.

AlertMe is also announcing a partnership with Google, becoming the first self-install consumer device company to partner with Google PowerMeter and the only one with a product available in the UK. AlertMe customers can now access  their home`s data through Google PowerMeter or their iGoogle homepage, in addition to the AlertMe online dashboard. With devices like AlertMe, consumers don't need a smart meter installed by their utility to use Google PowerMeter,  making it easier for people to put energy use into their own hands.

"The combination of AlertMe and Google PowerMeter gives consumers a complete solution for monitoring home energy use and costs," said Ed Lu, Google PowerMeter`s lead engineer. "Within just a few minutes, you can have AlertMe up and running and get a view of where your energy is going through Google PowerMeter, which is accessible anywhere you can access the internet. We want to empower consumers to take energy information into their own hands and we are excited to work closely with AlertMe on this initiative."

AlertMe recently announced a trial with British Gas to provide AlertMe Smart Home Energy products in UK homes, including online heating control and smart metering. Today`s announcement means customers can now purchase AlertMe Energy directly from British Gas.

"We can all play an important part in the fight against climate change by reducing our personal CO2 emissions.As an added benefit, saving energy also saves money. Giving customers the information they need to better manage their home energy use is therefore crucial and we believe that AlertMe Energy is the perfect way for people to start doing this today," said Gearoid Lane, Managing Director, Communities & New Energy at British Gas.

AlertMe Energy is now available from for £69.00 plus £2.99 per month for the online service. Alternatively, consumers can buy AlertMe Energy with an annual subscription for £99.00, providing 12 months` service for the price of ten, from or by calling British Gas on 0800 1070187. AlertMe is also working with broadband providers, energy companies and retailers in the US, Europe and the UK to increase distribution and give consumers more ways to purchase the product.

About AlertMe
Founded in 2006 and based in Cambridge, UK, AlertMe was established by successful serial entrepreneurs. As a provider of smart energy saving systems for homes, the company`s online service - AlertMe - enables consumers to take control of their energy consumption and drive it down, extending the reach of the Smart Grid and AMI networks right into the home. The company is venture backed by Good Energies, Index Ventures, SET Venture Partners and VantagePoint Venture Partners.

About Google, Inc.
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.

About British Gas
British Gas provides gas, electricity and home repair services to more than 16.6 million home and business customers in England, Scotland and Wales. We are the UK`s largest operator in the installation and maintenance of domestic central heating and gas appliances, serving over 8 million customers and employing more than 9,500 engineers. British Gas also supplies the growing UK market for low-carbon and energy efficient products and services, offering two industry-leading green tariffs as well as a range of microgeneration technologies such as solar thermal, wind turbines and ground source heat pumps. British Gas is the UK`s leading supplier of energy to businesses, from small and medium-sized customers through to large industrial and commercial users.