GreenBeat, VentureBeat’s energy-focused technology blog, today published an article about the upcoming Microsoft Hohm software whose trademark I’ve been watching since June 16. The article appears to have been accidentally published ahead of the embargoed time and was soon-after retracted. But of course, the internet never forgets 😉
Thanks to Google Cache, a carbon copy of the article confirms Microsoft Hohm is indeed as speculated a home energy management web application to be made available for free to US home owners.
Microsoft leaps into the home energy management game with Hohm
Today, the computing giant introduced Microsoft Hohm, a new online application that will also allow homeowners and businesses to view how much power theyaccount information entered by users about their home appliances, their energy-related behavior patterns, house features ( are using and how to make money-saving cutbacks. Synthesizing technology licensed from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy, the system’s marquee claim is that it provides customers with personalized recommendations for how to save energy and lower their bills. And, unlike its competitors, you can download the application for free starting today.
A video demonstration of the Hohm online interface by Microsoft is available here:
Update: Presumably in response to this, CNET also seems to have published its Hohm story earlier than expected too. I say this only because other popular blogs (TechCrunch, Mashable, Engadget) appear to be holding back their prepared articles.
Update 3: You can sign up for the Microsoft Hohm beta here (ahead of time).
Update 4: A list of US utility retailers and smart-meter providers partnering with Microsoft Hohm at launch includes: Seattle City Light, SMUD, Itron, Xcel Energy, Puget Sound Energy, Landis Gyr.
Update 5: The Microsoft Hohm team also produced this fun viral video “the doggie dishwasher”, promoting Hohm as an “easier ways to go green”.