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Home efficiency gurus at OPower add $50 million

Kleiner Perkins and Accel Partners fund OPower to build up its software system for offering home energy efficiency recommendations through utilities.

By Nov. 30, 2010

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OPower looks to add human touch to smart grid

Your neighbors and lots of data crunching can help you cut home energy bills, says start-up, which is releasing software for smart-grid programs that nudge consumers toward efficiency.

By May. 2, 2010

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Facebook friends compete to lower energy use

Opower's social energy app on Facebook lets people track electricity use, compare to national averages, and compete with friends to improve home efficiency.

By Apr. 3, 2012

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Facebook 'social energy' app compares home efficiency

Social networking meets energy efficiency in Facebook app done with Opower and the Natural Resources Defense Council that lets people compare energy use to friends and the national average.

By Oct. 17, 2011

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Study: Meter data's impact depends on collective use

Consumers who receive data on home-energy consumption reduce their usage incrementally, a study shows, but there is potential for a huge impact in the U.S. collectively.

By May. 24, 2011

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iPhone 5 estimated to cost 41 cents per year to charge

A new estimate says Apple's newest iPhone costs only 41 cents a year to recharge if you do it once a day.

By Sep. 28, 2012

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Smart thermostats to get smart cloud software

The familiar manual Honeywell thermostat will get a 21st-century upgrade by connecting over the Internet to Opower's home energy-efficiency recommendation service.

By Sep. 13, 2011

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Tendril app tries to Energize consumer efficiency

Smart grid company releases an application that seeks to improve consumer involvement in home energy with personalized energy plans and social networking.

By Feb. 1, 2011

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Bill Joy chases green-tech breakthroughs

Futurist and Kleiner Perkins green-tech venture capitalist Bill Joy says VCs need to focus on breakthrough energy technologies, such as cheap distributed solar, to succeed.

By Apr. 6, 2011

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Start-up crunches data for home energy efficiency tips

Energy efficiency company Opower launches service to provide energy-saving tips online and through reports that compare one home's profile with its neighbors.

By Oct. 1, 2009