The Microsoft Hohm personalized energy service offering up to this point has not had much to worry about from rival Google’s PowerMeter system. That has now changed, as Google announced on Monday that PowerMeter now offers personalized energy savings recommendations for those wanting to save more energy and show off what has been saved.
The expanded PowerMeter functionality, according to Google, gives one recommended energy savings suggestions such as using weather stripping and replacing inefficient energy sucking appliances. It is said that as one’s energy consumption behavior changes, new recommendations will be made to help one save even more. A new display feature through the PowerMeter chart will also let one get pop-ups that show the amount of power used at a particular moment in time.
Special badges can be unlocked as recommendations are completed. These badges are just a fun way of keeping track of what one has accomplished to save energy and money. Google plans to continue expansion of the tips that provide energy savings ideas, along with future other PowerMeter functions.