Home energy management tools are designed to help you make intelligent decisions about how you use energy in your living environment. These types of systems, typically through some type of manual or automated data collection of your energy usage patterns, make recommendations and suggestions on areas in which you can become more energy efficient, such as where you can cut down on power consumption around the house or make use of more efficient appliances.
One of the current larger players in the developing home energy management market is Microsoft who, through its innovative Hohm online energy management tool, is helping informed consumers make better decisions about their energy usage patterns. We’ve covered Hohm several times already, but to learn more about what it might have to offer you we turned to Brian Schultz, Business Development & Strategy for Microsoft Hohm, to get some quick answers. Note that this answers have been edited for clarity.
EarthTechling (ET): What exactly is the Microsoft Hohm service?
Brian Schultz: Microsoft Hohm is a free online platform that helps consumers save energy and money. With Hohm users can better understand their home energy usage, get personalized recommendations to conserve energy and start saving. It uses advanced analytics licensed from Lawrence Berkeley Labs and the U.S. Department of Energy to give users personalized energy saving recommendations. These recommendations are tailored based on users’ specific household circumstances including home attributes and use of appliances and systems. Users can also compare their energy usage with that of others in the area.
Microsoft Hohm also helps utilities better serve their customers by giving insight into their energy consumption, allowing them to make more informed decisions to help them save energy and money.