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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


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


Google axes PowerMeter--a bad sign for others?

Google's decision to unplug home electricity-monitoring application PowerMeter is a sign of how difficult it has been for home energy apps to catch on.

By June 24, 2011


The velvet rope: 10 exclusive tech betas

Remember when the private beta was something special? We do. Here are 10 sites that brought it back in the past two years.

By June 10, 2009


What if your refrigerator got its own electricity bill?

Rafe Needleman talks with Tendril CEO Adrian Tuck about the smart grid and smarter devices.

By May 13, 2009


Six best start-ups from Y Combinator demo day

Rafe Needleman spends a day listening to young entrepreneurs and lists their most promising ideas, from a real-time energy monitoring system to the Etsy of food.

By March 18, 2009