Microsoft Coming Hohm with Energy Saving Service
Microsoft has released a new service called Microsoft-Hohm - beta (US only). The new service will allow users to track the amount of energy they use in their home. Developed using web services technology the system will use smart grid data on energy use when it’s available, but even when it is not. The energy management service will work with both users and energy supply companies in an effort to reduce the amount of energy we use.
Hohm allows users to input their own details and share the results of their efficiency efforts. The whole point is to save energy and money by better understanding home energy usage and by offering recommendations on how to conserve energy.
According to the Hohm blog, Microsoft Hohm has announced launch partnerships with Puget Sound Energy, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Seattle City Light, and Xcel Energy. If you are a customer of one of these utilities, your usage data will be available to you through Hohm in the near future. Microsoft is working closely with these partners to enable users to view their electricity and gas usage data through the Hohm service. These automated feeds will let users analyze their energy consumption and track their improvements over time.