Microsoft launches first energy device for Hohm


Troy Batterberry,
General Manager,
Microsoft Hohm
Redmond, WA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — July 28, 2010 – Microsoft has announced the first device partner for its Hohm home energy management dashboard with the Canadian energy monitoring product provider Blue Line Innovations.

The Hohm compatible device comprises a Wi-Fi gateway and sensor that connects to Blue Line’s PowerCost monitor and wirelessly uploads the real time energy use from the meter to the user’s Hohm profile, where it can be viewed graphically.

“By enabling devices like the Blue Line PowerCost Monitor to connect into Hohm, you will receive more detailed energy use information than what you are currently getting on your monthly bill,” wrote Microsoft Hohm general manager Troy Batterberry, in a Hohm community blog. “And with our easy-to-use graphs, you can quickly see how to save the most energy and money.”

Microsoft launched Hohm just over a year ago as an online application that enables consumers to analyze their energy usage, provide energy saving recommendations and the ability to benchmark their personal usage with other communities and group members (see Microsoft enters home energy management market ).

The Hohm-Blue Line technology is currently available only in the United States, but is expected to become available in Canada later in the year.

According to a Blue Line statement over 130,000 North American households are using the PowerCost Monitor and with its use, home energy consumption can be reduced by up to 18 percent.

The new WiFi edition, including the optical sensor for acquiring the data, wireless in-home monitor and the WiFi gateway preconfigured with Microsoft® Hohm, retails for around $249.

Users of the PowerCost Monitor, and those of the Black & Decker Power Monitor, are able to upgrade their existing system with the WiFi gateway at a cost around $159.