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Companies in home energy management say Google's decision to retire PowerMeter reflects the difficulty of the residential energy efficiency business.
Google axes health records and home energy use-monitoring services, citing lagging adoption.
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.
Google.org's home electricity monitoring Web app gets feature for organizing energy efficiency jobs, pitting PowerMeter in more direct competition with Microsoft's Hohm.
The company plans to extend its home electricity monitoring application into managing home energy, including other utilities and potentially electric cars and appliances.
Google signs on another energy monitor maker to connect to PowerMeter, which will let people in the U.K. view home energy data from Web-enabled devices.
Google publishes an API for PowerMeter to entice software developers and device makers to feed data to its Web-based energy-monitoring application.
First Utility, AlertMe, and British Gas offer options for monitoring home energy usage and testing out theories about personal consumption habits.
Google connects its PowerMeter Web-based energy tool to a monitoring device, which means that consumers don't need to have smart meters for real-time energy tracking.
Company partners with smart-meter manufacturer and eight utilities to offer its Web-based application for monitoring home energy use.