May, 2010

  • Michaeljon Miller

    Lack of sleep is rewarding, somewhat


    The Microsoft Hohm team cranked through the night(s) for the last month. What they did came out this morning. It’s amazing some of the things that they were able to drive in the final hours. Watch for the new Hohm widget (shown here) to show up on a bunch of sites. That way you can quickly look up zip codes, addresses, and other regions to see how you might compare. Make sure you claim your house and update your profile. We want to see those numbers go up!

    Well, the lack of sleep thing isn’t much fun, but the end result is amazing.

  • Michaeljon Miller

    My Hohm Score is 95



    Today the Microsoft Hohm team is launching a significant update that changes how consumers look at energy efficiency. As of now, over 60 million homes in the U.S. will have a Hohm Score, an estimate for a home’s energy efficiency. The Hohm Score makes it easier for people to understand if they are “energy hogs or energy misers”, helping consumers easily save energy and money using our product.

    Just by entering your address, you can see your Hohm Score and compare it to regional averages and to other addresses in the U.S. The Hohm team developed its own sophisticated algorithms to utilize public record information and advanced analytics licensed from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Department of Energy to give users an engaging, personalized experience.

    There is nothing like this today, and it gives people a tangible way to see the impact they’re having on the environment by changing a few simple habits and/or investing in energy efficient solutions. As one reporter concluded during a pre-briefing yesterday, “I love this stuff! Microsoft has a very cool product in Hohm”. 

    Please help us make this release a success by a couple quick steps:
    1.    Checking your own Hohm score
    2.    Friend Hohm on Facebook, follow on Twitter
    3.    Share your Hohm score on FB and Twitter
    4.    Send emails to friends and families to check their scores
    5.    If you blog, share this on your blog

    This effort has been a stellar example of cross group collaboration and creativity. The engineering, PM, testing, marketing, ops, design, biz dev and legal groups all demonstrated smart thinking, perseverance and exceptional teamwork to make this Hohm Score release happen. Congratulations to the team.

    The release today follows the announcement with Ford Motor Company a few weeks ago to help better manage the energy consumption of the upcoming electric vehicles. Hohm is on an exciting journey towards becoming the solution that provides everyone with clear insight about any of their energy use as well as easy and convenient tools to manage and reduce energy usage.  Hohm is leveraging technology to address one of society’s biggest problems – core to the SBG mission.

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