New tools to display residential energy use and help trim utility bills include sophisticated online interfaces integrated within electric meters to glowing orbs and $25 smart power strips.
Start-up Agilewaves' Resource Monitor hooks up to household meters and displays the electricity, water, and gas spent down to the floor, room, or appliance. Users can log onto a Web page to view the carbon footprint and costs. The Resource Monitor costs between $5,000 and $15,000 and is being used in seven homes. In April, the company launched a system at a California elementary school.
"The market is very new, and the technology is new," said CEO Peter Sharer. "My hope is that, in the future, every home has a monitoring dashboard available because homeowners cannot afford to use those resources blindly like we do now."
The company is exploring the potential of hooking up home devices wirelessly via a mesh network. Sharer said he sees value in partnering with utilities. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company is seeking venture funding.
May 30, 2008 4:41 AM PDT
Photo by: Agile Waves
| Caption by: Elsa Wenzel
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