Posts Tagged ‘energy conservation’

Microsoft Hohm home efficiency site slowly becoming useful

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Hohm sounds like a handy tool for those who are trying to cut energy consumption in a residential environment … an outlet metered PDU can be a tremendous help to those who are trying to manage power in a data center.

Microsoft’s Hohm website, an online service designed to make it easier for people to figure out how energy efficient their house is (and how to make it better), has become a great deal more useful with the new addition of real estate data. Now, anyone in the US can enter their ZIP code and get an instant, if approximate, evaluation of their house’s efficiency.

These evaluations use a combination of public housing record information and weather data to come up with a score. More dedicated users can sign in and describe their house’s appliances and construction to get a more detailed assessment of their energy usage, and advice on what changes to make to reduce energy bills.