June 30, 2009

Saving Energy: No Place Like Hohm

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 Seattle’s KPLU has an interesting tidbit about a new service being offered by local utilities: Free Microsoft software that allows residents to customize their power use, saving money and reducing their carbon footprint. http://bit.ly/UHLke It’s in beta mode for now: http://mshohm.orcsweb.com/, and called Hohm (that’s home + ohm). Google recently launched a similar application called PowerMeter:  http://www.google.org/powermeter/  . Could these be the first baby steps toward the vaunted “smart grid?”

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