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Today’s Earth2Tech story about energy monitoring is right up my alley. I’m always on the hunt for ways to reduce home energy usage and the first step is understanding how much is currently used. While I debate on a smart power meter purchase, Tendril is moving […]

tendrilmobilevantagesmall1Today’s Earth2Tech story about energy monitoring is right up my alley. I’m always on the hunt for ways to reduce home energy usage and the first step is understanding how much is currently used. While I debate on a smart power meter purchase, Tendril is moving forward with a mobile application to provide the info I’m looking for. They plan to show off the software at DEMO this afternoon, but I can’t wait that long: I already want it!

Unfortunately the software is initially expected for customers of select utilities, so I’m not holding out any hopes of seeing it here anytime soon. This is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania after all; We still have pre-prohibition liquor laws, so change doesn’t come easy to these parts.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing for Tendril though. Katie makes a good point at E2T: this is likely more for early adopters and it’s going to take time for everyday folks to embrace web-enabled services for super specialized types of data like this. That gives companies like Tendril plenty of time to optimize the flow of energy usage data from utilities to consumers.

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  1. Kevin,

    It is supposed to be “early adopters” not “early adapters.”

  2. Well, if you can’t wait for that fancy 2-way meter info thingy so you can find out your power usage from your power company, you can always get a free app called MeterRead from zerogate.com. You manually punch in your meter reading, and it calculates your average watt load and your next month’s kWh usage. Typically, you can take your kWh usage and multiply by your kWh rate, and get a close approximation of your next month’s bill.

    Compared to what you seem to be waiting for, the only difference is, I have to go and look at the meter every once in a while. Since, it’s next to my basement door, I look at it just about every day and log the latest info. It’s a simple app but it has nice little dials, just like your meter.

  3. That’s an iPhone app. And, it’s not free, $1.99, but well worth it.

  4. If you own PC with Windows XP or Vista you can try out our power saving software called Green Pulse.

    It is much more than just getting info on how much your consumption costs you and is meant to be useful for people with no or less computer skills.

    http://www.getgreenpulse.com

  5. I like the “early adapters” typo, it fit’s to the story and the product. Let’s see other things you may be able to do with this kind of “early adapters”….

    Cheers, Lutz

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