Intel Home Energy Monitor can measure power consumption from a single outlet
Does the thought of reducing your home energy consumption by 15 to 30% give you a little rush of pleasure? If so, you’ll be happy to know that Intel is moving into the business of monitoring home power usage with a small, intelligent device that can measure the power consumption of standard home appliances.
The small black box plugs into a single power outlet and uses wireless technology to send data to a coordinating display piece, which features an Intel Atom processor and a MeeGo Linux-based operating system. A sensor detects which appliances are being used by observing each item’s unique electrical pattern. The data is converted to logs which reveal at what hours each day a television, game box, or certain lights have been in use.
Intel is developing other projects in the area of energy reduction for homes and businesses, and recently co-signed a letter to President Obama encouraging the administration to provide consumers and business leaders with information and actionable ideas for reducing energy consumption.
Other home energy monitoring and management solutions:
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GridPoint releases next-generation home energy management solution
Picowatt allows for home energy monitoring without smart grid integration
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