Microsoft has recently created a new website for the eco-geek in all of us. Head on over to the Microsoft hohm website and get started today on tracking your energy usage!
Microsoft hohm beta is a free web application from Microsoft that will help you track the energy usage in your home. According to the hohm website it will allow you to:
For those of us that are early adopters, this is a great opportunity to be ahead of the game.
Sign up at Microsoft hohm !
Energy Survey and Usage Input
Once you sign up for Microsoft hohm with your Windows Live ID you can then take an energy survey about your home.
Mental Note: Do not leave the “default” data in the survey even if it is the same information as you would normally enter. The percentage complete does not count “default” data!
After you complete the survey, or as much of it as you can, then you need to spend some time entering your current energy bill information. I had all of my water and electrical usage in an Excel sheet so it was easy to input. I did NOT have my gas bill but I just went to my gas company website and downloaded my history. It only took me about 30 minutes to get all of my data on to the website (and take the survey) and now I only need to enter data once a month to keep up with it.
Eventually the website will be able to download data from the major energy service providers!
Charts and Graphs – What Do They Mean?
Once you have entered your usage data you can see how your statistics relate to your energy usage and how that usage compares to others.
Overall I am very efficient in my home compared to the average.
Is It Useful? YES!
My wife and I recently installed all new argon filled windows ourselves, had cellulose insulation installed, new eco-washer and dryer, put in solar attic fans (PITA) and replaced wall insulation (another PITA) where we could. While our heating and cooling usage is now very low, my appliances are now the high use items. And from those appliances I can see that my “other” (meaning electronics and PCs) are almost as much as the rest of our appliances!
This chart shows my electricity usage as compared to last year. I am over my last years number so I need to start looking at reducing my usage even more. More electronics, more use!
This cool chart shows the temperatures so I can relate that to usage.
This chart shows the breakdown of the energy. You can see that my major appliances and “other appliances” (meaning my PCs, servers and drives) use almost the same amount of energy. Time to start putting some systems to sleep!
The Future of Microsoft hohm
Overall this web site is really cool. Someday soon your Nissan Leaf will not start charging until your evening electricity rate kicks in. Image in our near future that our kitchen appliances all start, stop and be monitored over Wireless-N!
Microsoft will end up tying in to power companies, meters and vehicles as time goes on. Microsoft even has a short animated video showing the end state at:
Check out some of their other videos on YouTube!
I hope you get a chance to check it out and sign up!
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