Microsoft Hohm Enters Public Beta Testing
Article by George Norman
On 07 Jul 2009
If you live in the good old US of A, then Microsoft has a treat for you: it is now possible to sign up with Microsoft Hohm as part of a public Beta testing program and start taking advantage of the features Hohm has to offer. Until now the service was in private Beta testing, but now anyone can join the Beta train and get a power usage report and power-saving recommendations (assuming of course you are an US resident).

“Other than a few minor DNS hiccups, Microsoft Hohm went live this morning. The team’s been sitting in a conference room on campus since about 5:30 this morning watching things spin up. We’re triaging other issues, but so far there have been no show-stopper bugs and no reason for any of the dev team to stay late tonight. Way to go Hohm team. Considering this is the first major web application that most of the team has shipped, things went extremely well,” explained Software Architect with Microsoft Hohm, Michaeljon Miller.

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Here is what you have to do if you want to enter the Microsoft Hohm beta testing program and benefit from Hohm’s functionality:
- Set up a Hohm account using your Windows Live ID and Postal Code in order to get a detailed report about power consumption.
- Provide Microsoft Hohm with detailed information about your power usage, like for example what appliances you have, how and when you use energy.
- Start saving money by reducing your power consumption. Microsoft Hohm will provide you with customized recommendations to help you out with this.
- Share your ideas with the Hohm community; let others know about your energy-saving ideas and experiences.

The Redmond-based software giant has announced Microsoft Hohm late June and introduced it to the world as a tool to help you better understand energy usage in your household. Once you understand how energy is being consumed in your home, you can reduce your power consumption and consequently save money. And Microsoft Hohm will aid the user in this respect by providing specially tailored energy saving recommendations which range from removing air leaks, installing a programmable thermostat and placing new caulking on windows – it all depends on the customer’s specific circumstances (house features, appliances the customer uses, usage patterns). All these recommendations are provided by Microsoft Hohm via advanced analytics licensed from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy.

If you want to get started with Microsoft Hohm, you can visit the official web page here.



Tags: Microsoft, Hohm, Energy, Power, Environment
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