“Just making energy usage visible to consumers can reduce consumption in the home by as much as 20%, which is a huge win, but it has to be done in a way that is meaningful and fun,” said Pilgrim Beart, co-founder and CEO of AlertMe.
Cambridge, England (PRWEB) December 6, 2009
While global leaders travel to Copenhagen for this week’s COP15 Climate Change Conference, consumers in the UK are already making an impact on their home energy usage rather than waiting for long term policies to be put in place. AlertMe, the award-winning home energy management service, believes in a consumer-led solution to climate change and empowers consumers to take easy steps today to reduce their home energy consumption - and their costs.
“Just making energy usage visible to consumers can reduce consumption in the home by as much as 20%, which is a huge win, but it has to be done in a way that is meaningful and fun,” said Pilgrim Beart, co-founder and CEO of AlertMe. “To support the goal of Copenhagen, and help consumers make real changes in their lives, we are launching a fun display that everyone can use – whether or not you are an AlertMe customer.”
The AlertMe Swingometer is now available to everyone online at http://www.alertme.com. It shows live how AlertMe customers in the UK are doing at saving energy. Anyone can watch the Swingometer rock backwards and forwards as the nation increases and decreases its energy use. As 29% of the country’s total energy consumption occurs in the home, it is important for consumers to understand their role in reducing the UK’s carbon footprint. The Swingometer can help with this by showing consumers in a simple way how energy usage has increased or decreased compared to previous usage.
The Swingometer is available for anyone to view at http://www.alertme.com/swingometer and shows energy savings for specific geographic regions and the UK as a whole. Clicking into the Swingometer shows a “heat map” of savings across the regions of Britain. Existing AlertMe Energy customers can view their individual Swingometer through the AlertMe online dashboards.
AlertMe also helps consumers monitor and control energy usage in the home with the AlertMe Energy kit, an affordable, easy to use service which puts energy online. The AlertMe Energy kit enables users to save money on energy bills and reduce their family’s carbon footprint by making electricity information immediately available and visible to householders, empowering them to change their behaviour and reduce their energy usage. Consumers can access their energy data on the AlertMe dashboard, available through any web browser, or directly from their iGoogle homepage, based on a partnership with Google’s PowerMeter. With the addition of SmartPlugs, people can see energy data for specific appliances and even control them remotely.
In one case, a family using the AlertMe Energy kit managed to save £500 (40%) on their electricity bill in less than a year, the equivalent of nearly two tonnes of CO2 emissions. This savings came from an increased awareness of the home’s energy usage and small, easy changes that were made like replacing light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs), turning off lights when leaving a room, switching appliances off rather than leaving them on standby, running the dishwasher at night, and only using as much water in the kettle as needed, rather than filling it up.
AlertMe hopes that the combination of its easy to use home energy kit and the Swingometer will encourage consumers to take an active role in reducing their energy usage, making a real and immediate impact on the UK’s carbon footprint while the world’s leaders talk about and try to agree on macro changes that can be made on a country and global basis at Copenhagen.
To embed the UK Swingometer on your website or blog simply add the following image tag to your HTML code:
- See AlertMe on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/alertmedotcom
- AlertMe certified by the ZigBee Home Alliance: http://www.alertme.com/news/press/zigbee-alliance-certify-alertme-home-automation-pr/
- Details of partnership with British Gas to provide AlertMe Smart Home Energy products in UK homes, including online heating control and smart metering: http://www.alertme.com/news/press/british-gas-new-energy-and-alertme-announce-trial-/
- In October 2009, AlertMe launched its home energy kit and partnered with Google PowerMeter: http://www.alertme.com/news/press/alertme-energy-launches-google-and-british-gas/