Microsoft Opens Hohm To Public
Microsoft has launched Hohm, its new website for managing and regulating home energy usage.
Hohm allows people to better understand their energy usage, receive recommendations and ways to save money. Recommendations can vary from placing new caulking on windows to removing air leaks to installing a programmable thermostat.
The recommendations are based on specific information about a users home including house features, usage patterns and appliances. The savings will vary based on the information shared and the characteristics of consumer’s households.
Users who do not provide their data, Hohm will base its recommendations on local and national averages.
"We believe technology will play a pivotal role in tackling the global energy issues we currently face," said Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer at Microsoft.
"Microsoft Hohm demonstrates how a combination of advanced software and Internet-based services can help people track, understand and manage their personal energy usage."
Google has a similar initiative with its PowerMeter service. Google PowerMeter will work only with homes with a smart meter installed.
Hohm will use the energy usage data and feedback from its users to refine and improve relevancy of recommendations. Users will also be able to compare their energy usage with others in their area and connect with people in the Hohm community to find referrals and share ideas.
Hohm uses analytics licensed from the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy to provide people with personalized energy saving tips.