11 May '12, 6pm

Cracking the Smart Energy Market

American homes are getting smarter, at least when it comes to using energy, a consumer research firm reports . By 2020, some 60 percent of homes in the United States will have some type of smart energy management system, according to estimates from the firm, Parks Associates. Still, adoption has been slower than some companies had hoped. Microsoft Microsoft’s Hohm energy-monitoring service failed to catch on. Smart energy management systems consist of products and services that enable you to watch how you consume energy and help you use less. I wrote about one such gadget recently, the in-home energy monitor, a small electronic device that resembles a car’s G.P.S. system. The monitor communicates wirelessly with the home’s electric meter and shows how much electricity the home is using and at what cost at any given moment. Having this information in real time, rather than ...

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