Redmond, WA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — May 28, 2010 – Microsoft’s online home energy management tool, Hohm, offers users the new feature of an estimate of their home’s energy efficiency.
Using advanced analytics licensed from Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and statistical data from the Department of Energy, Hohm scores estimating a home’s energy efficiency have been calculated for homes across the United States. Users are then able to compare their score with others and, as Microsoft put it in a statement, “answer one simple question: ‘Am I an energy hog or an energy miser?’”
Hohm scores are calculated by comparing a home’s actual and potential energy efficiency, and are available by ZIP code, city and state.
The national average Hohm score comes in at 61, with Hawaii topping the list with the highest average score on 81, followed by Delaware and Maryland on 70, while Nevada, Tennessee and Texas are the lowest on 51.
“It’s important to note that the average Hohm score in the U.S. is a failing grade,” said Troy Batterberry, product unit manager of Microsoft Hohm. “Fortunately, by making some simple changes to their household, consumers can easily achieve a passing mark, and save an estimated tens of billions of dollars each and every year.”
If each of the 60 million households improved their Hohm score by five points, the savings that would accrue are estimated at $8 billion a year.