AlertMe has announced several new features for its home energy management service, including a Carbon Footprint measuring feature. This allows users to see the amount of carbon dioxide their home is generating in relation to their electricity use, so they can track energy output, reduce their CO2 emissions, while reducing the size of their energy bills. Also launching is an iGoogle gadget and a Yahoo Widget…
Following the launch of the new AlertMe web interface and iphone application in July, Carbon Footprint is a new online feature that allows existing AlertMe customers to see accurately the amount of carbon dioxide their home is generating in relation to their electricity use. This means that as the user can track energy and cost saving, they can also track their reduction in CO2 emissions. The app converts kilograms (kg) of carbon into everyday metrics that everyone can understand, such as miles driven, flights taken, plastic bags used and gallons of petrol consumed, and allows consumers to see how their carbon footprint compares to the national average.
The new Time of Use feature allows the user to see how their energy use and cost is allocated across the morning, day, evening and night, even highlighting the heaviest hour. Time of Use can also help users to see unnecessary waste and cost at times when they are usually either out or asleep.
Already a partner of Google PowerMeter, AlertMe has also created a new gadget for iGoogle and introduced a new widget for Yahoo enabling Alertme users to integrate their energy management information even more easily into their homepage of choice or desktop.
Jody Haskayne at AlertMe says: “Our aim is to give customers easy to understand information on their energy use anytime, anywhere and allow them to access this simply as part of their daily routine whether that be online, on their mobile phone or on their iGoogle or Yahoo home page. In addition, people are becoming increasingly aware of the need to reduce carbon emissions but have little idea how to monitor this. So as well as showing energy use and cost, we are now able to show our customers the carbon footprint of their energy use too.”
According to Government data, the average UK household emits over five tonnes of carbon dioxide a year related to their gas and electricity use in the home. That’s the equivalent of 1.5 round-the-world bus trips. Looking at these figures it’s hardly surprising that many of us are starting to re-evaluate the way we consume energy and the AlertMe Carbon Footprint gadget is a great way to put carbon dioxide consumption into something everyone can understand.
AlertMe is the only company in the UK to provide customers with a full and rich real-time view of the user’s energy consumption and cost in-home and anywhere, anytime using the internet or their smart phone. In addition to energy monitoring it also offers home monitoring, analytics, advice and remote control of electrical devices using Smart Plugs which can be switched on and off remotely from the user’s online account.”