New Power Cost Monitor Lets Anyone Use Microsoft Hohm

Microsoft Hohm, the energy usage-tracking web app, just got a whole lot easier to use. Microsoft and Blue Line Innovation have created a power meter reader so anyone can use Microsoft Hohm to see exactly how much money they're wasting.

Previously, in order to use Hohm, you had to get electricity from a partnered utility provider, which really limited Hohm's scope. Now anyone in the US can buy the $US249 Blue Line Power Cost Monitor Wi-Fi Edition and snap it onto their power meter.

The power meter reader sends its information directly to Microsoft Hohm's web app to determine the real cost of your energy use, so you'll find out how much you're spending on energy use at 6pm as opposed to 9pm and so on. Troy Batterberry, product unit manager for Microsoft Hohm, explains:

"The Blue Line PowerCost Monitor and WiFi Gateway provide updates every 30 seconds, so you're getting real-time data so you can take real-time action. It's kind of like online banking for your energy bill, offering 24x7 access to your usage."

The setup is really easy, and if you're a nut for having all the information you can get about your energy use, Hohm is a pretty sweet option. [Microsoft]