Microsoft Hohm to help consumers understand energy usage and reduce their impact on the environment

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Microsoft Hohm to help consumers understand energy usage and reduce their impact on the environment

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Today Microsoft announced a new online application, Microsoft Hohm that helps consumers to better understand their energy usage, get recommendations and start saving money. Microsoft Hohm is an easy-to-use tool that helps consumers lower their energy bill and reduce their impact on the environment. clip_image002[4]

In these tough economic times, consumers today are motivated to save energy to reduce their spending and do their part in conserving the environment. According to a May 2009 utility consumer survey from Gartner Inc. (conducted with households in the U.S. and U.K.), 80 percent of consumers in the U.S. would participate in an energy program if it were offered by providers. Data also showed that cost reduction is the key driving force behind participating in an energy efficiency program.

Microsoft Hohm provides savings recommendations, which can range from placing new caulking on windows to removing air leaks to installing a programmable thermostat. These recommendations are tailored based on specific circumstances in the consumer’s home including house features, usage patterns and appliances. If consumers don’t provide their data, Microsoft Hohm will base its recommendations on local and national averages.Microsoft Hohm uses advanced analytics licensed from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy to provide consumers with personalized energy-saving recommendations.

The beta application is available at no cost to anyone in the United States with an Internet connection.

Follow Hohm here:

· Website: http://www.microsoft-hohm.com

· Blog: http://blog.microsoft-hohm.com

· Give us feedback: www.getsatisfaction.com/microsoft_hohm

· Follow us on twitter: http://twitter.com/microsofthohm

· Become on Fan on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/hohmfb

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