Microsoft joined the energy conservation effort with Hohm, a web-based application that uses advanced analytics to provide consumers with personalized energy- and money-saving recommendations. Suggestions include plugging air leaks and insulating attics. Since its announcement, consumers worldwide’ve contributed comments on the Hohm Facebook page. Hardware manufacturers including Black & Decker and Energy Inc.’ve created gadgets that consumers connect to the electric meter to measure and report how much power people use in their homes. In Microsoft Hohm, utilities – including: “Puget Sound Energy, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Seattle City Light and Xcel Energy” – have access to a scalable, cost-effective tool they can offer their customers as a free service. It can also help utilities meet increasing energy conservation regulatory requirements and promote their rebate and conservation programs.
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