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PowerCost Monitor fills out with People Power app

Despite Microsoft and Google pulling out of home energy, other monitor makers are selling products directly to consumers that bring real-time power data online using a home broadband connection.

By July 12, 2011


Info-starved no more--home energy gadget clues you in

Energy monitoring is like fitness-tracking for your utility bill. CNET's Martin LaMonica tries a whole-house electricity monitor out and gets a read on where software and the cloud is taking home energy.

By January 21, 2012


PlotWatt Web app spots home energy hogs

Start-up can track big power-consuming appliances in the home, a feature that could make energy monitors better at pinpointing energy savings.

By August 10, 2011


Microsoft kills Hohm energy app

Blaming slow market adoption, Microsoft pulls the plug on its home energy management tool only a week after Google abandons its PowerMeter electricity monitoring app.

By June 30, 2011


Intel Research eyes home energy, building efficiency

After dabbling with a high-end energy dashboard, Intel Labs shows off a stripped-down, easy-to-install gadget that monitors energy by reading the electrical signature of appliances.

By June 8, 2011


Home electricity monitor hits retail at Lowe's

The PowerCost Monitor, a whole-house monitor available directly to consumers, will now be sold at retail stores, with the data available online through Google or Microsoft.

By April 18, 2011


Google PowerMeter tracks home electricity via Wi-Fi

Google signs on the makers of PowerCost Monitor to track electricity data either through a dedicated monitor or Google's PowerMeter Web application on PC or smartphone.

By December 19, 2010


Verizon powers up smart-home services

Real-time management system for home automation to get started in Fios-based pilot project in New Jersey, with wider availability planned for mid-2011.

By December 30, 2010


Total eclipse of the moon

Best Buy scraps its restocking fee, Google TV may not be ready for prime time by the start of the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, and tonight is the night for a rare lunar eclipse.

By December 21, 2010


Return of the Internet kitchen appliance!

CNET takes a look at the digital doodads and software trickling into homes to make them more energy efficient. Just don't ask these gadgets to order your groceries.

By August 23, 2010