Home energy monitoring tool unveiled by Microsoft

Home energy monitoring tool unveiled by Microsoft

A free online home energy monitoring tool was unveiled by US software giant Microsoft on Wednesday which permits consumers to gauge their usage and reduce consumption.

The users can avail Microsoft Hohm, available as a beta or test version in the United States at microsoft-hohm.com. It would allow the users to better understand their energy usage, get recommendations and start saving money.
Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer at Microsoft, said in a statement, "We believe technology will play a pivotal role in tackling the global energy issues we currently face."
It was specified by Microsoft that advanced analytics licensed from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the US Department of Energy is used by Microsoft Hohm. 

The company added that Hohm provides suggestions for energy conservation based on home energy input data and feedback contributed by users.
"Savings recommendations can range from caulking windows to removing air leaks to installing a programmable thermostat," said Microsoft. 
It specified that in near future, consumers who are customers of a Microsoft Hohm utility partner company will be able to automatically upload their energy usage data into the application.

It has been learnt that Microsoft is forming partnership with four West Coast utility companies on Microsoft Hohm: Puget Sound Energy, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Seattle City Light and Xcel Energy.