FutureDash’s EnergyBuddy Home Energy Monitoring System

EnergyBuddy Home Energy Monitoring SystemFor a limited time at $99, the EnergyBuddy starter kit home energy monitoring system is a reasonably priced way to track the power you consume in your home. FutureDash’s EnergyBuddy is simple to set-up and includes current clamps and a wireless transmitter that attaches and resides at your Zigbee compatible smart-meter. Once connected, the EnergyBuddy’s color changes between red/yellow/green depending on your power consumption goals set through the app. The $99 package doesn’t include the SmartPlugs that allows the user to remotely turn on/off connected appliances via smartphone/app – they’re $50 additional.

You can pre-order the EnergyBuddy through the crowd-source fundraising site Indiegogo. The $99 EnergyBuddy starter kit price reflects a 40% discount off of its eventual retail price of $179 and is good for the first 75 Indiegogo orders. Their goal is to raise $60,000 by August 19, 2012.

EnergyBuddy Home Energy Monitoring System
Yeah, we weren’t too high on the other $99 power conserving product – Insteon SmartLinc Hub. That’s because it only controls their $29 LED light bulb and doesn’t track home energy use. Out of the box, the $99 EnergyBuddy will do more by allowing users to monitor their entire household and the simplistic changing colored-lights will also encourage kids to be involved in reducing power consumption. And oh, the video is awesome too. [Electronic House]


Smart Meters Reveal Our Electricity Use When We Are Not Home

The NY Times Green Blog has an interesting article, An Energy Epiphany: Staying Home Is Cheap, about the author’s experience getting weekly feedback from his Smart Meter.

Smart MeterThanks to weekly email reports from his Smart Meter, NY Times Green Blog writer Clifford Krauss figures that nearly half of the electricity he consumes weekly is for appliances that are always plugged in and occurs whether he’s home or not. The refrigerator, electric clocks and stove all consume electricity throughout the day. And my guess is that a tv in standby mode, cable/satellite tuners that are constantly updating and power strips are also a draw. He discovered, after a vacation, that being home only cost him $2 more per day than being away. [Read more…]