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Every once in a while we’re given powerful insights into systems that could be game changers - and while not apparently sexy at the moment, Apple surprises us with a peek at their coming Smart Home Energy Management Dashboard System that packs a punch. Apple’s patent reviews technology related to this system that many simply know as HomePlug Powerline Networking. HomePlug Powerline Networking turns every power outlet in your home or office into a conduit for audio, video and data. Wireless technologies could be prone to dead-spots and fading – but with HomePlug certified adapters you just plug them in and within minutes you have high speed internet coming out of every plug in the house. You could do the same thing for HDTV and iTunes. Get ready folks, because this looks like Apple is ramping this up for sometime in the near future. And, let it be said, could be yet another tablet application.
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Consumers can only access the energy management software through their utility, and depending on the utility, it’ll most likely be offered for free. The tool enables consumers to monitor home energy consumption, sign up for utility energy efficiency programs, manage some smart devices remotely and receive tips about energy savings. That’s all pretty typical of other energy management tools (here’s a list of 10 companies offering tools). GridPoint counts utility customers Austin Energy, Duke Energy, Kansas City Power & Light, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Xcel Energy.
While I’ve only seen this screen shot and haven’t tested out the service, I am eager to see how it compares to Microsoft’s Hohm, Google’s PowerMeter, Silver Spring’s Greenbox and eMeter’s home energy tool. Lixar got such fab reviews before GridPoint snapped it up, I’m interested to see if it still works so well (merging technology can sometimes be tricky). If anyone’s tried it out, leave your comments.