Just in time for Copenhagen, AlertMe launches Swingometer

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alertme[UK] Timed perfectly to coincide with the Copenhagen Climate Summit, AlertMe has launched the Swingometer, a very simple visualisation tool that gives an overview of its customers’ home energy use.

The UK company sells a home energy kit and accompanying subscription-based web service that lets users measure and track their home’s energy use online by retrofitting hardware similar to so-called ‘smart meters’. The service also ties into Google Powermeter, the search giant’s own home energy monitoring tool, which opened its doors to Brits in October.

SwingometerThe Swingometer shows a live display of how well AlertMe customers in the UK are conserving energy (or not) by rocking back and forth as users increase and decrease their energy usage. It’s not really realtime, however. Instead, the Swingometer is updated every ten minutes and, as the company explains, “shows how the energy used in the past 24 hours compares with what we’d expect, based on past behaviour.” There’s also the option to compare regions via a ‘heat map’ which links through to a discrete Swingometer for each area of the country.

AlertMe is backed by leading clean technology investors including Good Energies, Index Ventures, SET VP, and Vantage Point, and in June 2009 announced an £8 million Series B round of funding bringing the total amount raised to £13 million.

  • http://plentyways.com/blog Brendan @ PlentyWays

    I just got the Alert.me energy meter in today and initial impressions are very good. Its far easier than some other energy meters to install as I had it up and running in 10 minutes. The hook in with Google PowerMeter is great – setting that up was also a synch.

    I wrote more about the Google Powermeter service on our blog: http://www.plentyways.com/blog/2009/09/google-powermeter-tracking-your-energy-usage/

    Increasing awareness of energy monitors during the Copenhagan summit is great as they are crucial to our response to climate change. How do you reduce your energy usage when you don’t have an accurate feedback of how much energy your actions are using? Oxford University studies have shown that simply installing an energy monitor reduces consumption of energy by between 5 – 15%. If every household in the US reduced energy usage by 10% that would correspond to taking 17 million cars off the road. (And that’s American cars… the figure would be larger for more fuel efficient Euro cars).

    Expensive? No… I paid £99 for the kit and one years subscription. If I achieve only a 10% drop in energy usage, that’s around £60 a year. So by the end of the second year I’ll start turning a profit all the while lowering my carbon footprint…


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