Home Automation

Introducing Google's PowerMeter…

How much does it cost to leave your TV on all day? What about turning your air conditioning 1 degree cooler? Which uses more power every month — your dishwasher or your washing machine? Is your household more or less energy efficient than similar homes in your neighborhood ?

Its nearly impossible to make informed choices about electricity. This is a problem but also a huge opportunity for us all to save money and help the environment by reducing our power usage. Studies show that access to your household’s personal energy information is likely to save you 5–15% on your monthly bill. Even greater savings are possible if you use this information to see the value of retiring your old refrigerator, installing a new air conditioner or insulating your home. The potential impact of large numbers of people achieving similar efficiencies is even more exciting. For every six households that save 10% on electricity, for instance, we reduce carbon emissions as much as taking one conventional car off the road.

In Denmark we have Elsparefonden’s MyHome project and some clever legislation forcing Utility Companies to share consumption data with the clients. However, its far from the situation in most other places in the world which is why its so interesting what Google is doing with their PowerMeter application. At Google they’re doing their helping enable a future where access to personal electricity information helps everyone make smarter energy choices. Google PowerMeter shows consumers their electricity consumption in a secure Google gadget. Currently they are testing the product with utility partners in the US, India and Canada and they plan to expand the rollout of Google PowerMeter later this year.

Google PowerMeter

Google PowerMeter Screenshot

Check it out…
http://www.google.org/powermeter/

Home Automation

Indigo… automate your home with it…

Indigo is an intelligent home control server that integrates an assortment of home control hardware modules to provide close to total control of your home. Indigo’s built-in Web server and client/server architecture give you control and access to your home remotely from other PC device coupled to the internet. Potentially you could save money, conserve water, and reduce electrical usage by automating your home with Indigo’s scheduling and control logic…

However, what makes Indigo stand out is that its born with MAC, so you will get most of the “hazzle-taken-care-of” for free.

Were my private network not consisting of a plethora of machines, probably qualifying me as Tech. – Agnostic, not based on a mixture of Windoes, MAC and *Nix boxes… and was it only made up from MAC machines, I would pick Indigo…

However… seeing I am part of these (some of them crazy) home automation system’s group, I will have to refrain to advocate too much…

Anyways, check it out…
http://www.perceptiveautomation.com/indigo/