01 Jul '11, 7am

Microsoft Follows Google to Home Energy Graveyard via @greentechmedia

photo by Gonzo Carles, creative commons Microsoft just killed off its Home Energy Management product , Hohm, because of less-than-overwhelming response. The software giant had signaled that Hohm was dead in March and we covered it here . This comes a week after Google killed its version of same, the Powermeter , once touted by Google's astronaut-in-residence . What does this mean? Homes consume approximately 20 percent of all the energy in the U.S. and a good portion of that power is consumed inefficiently. Lights get left on, heaters warm homes when the family is on vacation, etc. What if a magic box could take the place of an angry father yelling, "Turn your lights off!" Unfortunately, angry fathers perform that service for free while home energy management systems can cost a few hundred dollars to install and take a few years to pay themselves off. Few consumers will sp...

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