Top Tech News

CIO Today Network Sites:   Top Tech News  |   CIO Today   |   Mobile Tech Today   |   Data Storage Today
News & Product Reviews for Tech Leaders
Neustar, Inc.
Protect your website & network
using real-time information & analysis

www.neustar.biz
Wednesday, April 16th 
The future of tape is here.
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Trending Topics:   Security Heartbleed Big Data Cloud Computing Windows XP Data Centers OS X Mavericks
Home
Network Security
Tech Trends
Cloud Computing
Hardware
Applications
Microsoft/Windows
Apple/Mac
Mobile Tech
World Wide Web
Big Data
Communications
Hackers
Chips & Processors
Linux/Open Source
Personal Tech
Press Releases
 
Free Newsletters
Top CIO News
 
Mobile Tech Today
 

Applications

New 'Social Energy App' Compares Energy Use with Others

New
April 3, 2012 11:43AM

Bookmark and Share
Opower said 16 utilities nationwide are participating in its network, representing 20 million households, or about one in every six consumer customers of electricity in the U.S. The release of Opower's "social energy app" follows a White House challenge for utilities to enable customers to download and compare data on energy use.

Your Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems: the world's most advanced converged infrastructure are built on the Cisco Unified Computing System with Intel® Xeon® processors. Vblock™ Systems deliver extraordinary time to market, ROI and TCO, and flexibility to meet your continually changing demands with 5X faster deployment, 96% less downtime, and 1/2 the cost. Click here to learn more.

With all the social media out there, can't someone figure out a way to use social networking to help save energy? One environmental group believes it has found a way.

On Tuesday, Opower announced a new "social energy app" that can be used with Facebook friends to compare energy usage. The organization said in a statement that the app, the result of a six-month development effort, is intended to help users find energy savings opportunities, in a spirit of friendly competition and shared information between friends, schools, non-profit organizations, or companies.

16 Participating Utilities

The app, available by searching Opower on Facebook or visiting a participating utility's Web site, allows users to sign on with their Facebook login, and then connect their utility account, if their utility is a participating organization. With this data, the app allows users to compare specifics, set up contests, and use other features intended to raise informational awareness about energy use.

The app is a collaboration between Opower, Facebook,and the National Resources Defense Council. Opower said it is developing new features for the app, such as connecting with smart meter and gas meter data. Previously, Opower had been delivering energy-saving information to customers of participating utilities by mail.

Opower said that 16 utilities nationwide are participating in its network, representing 20 million households, or about one in every six consumer customers of electricity in the U.S. The release of the app follows, by a few months, the Green Button initiative from the White House, a challenge for utilities to enable customers to download and compare data about their energy use.

Utilities currently working with Opower include ComEd in Chicago, Burbank Water & Power, Consumers Energy in Michigan, City of Palo Alto Utilities, Rochester Public Utilities, and Pacific Gas & Electric in California. Users whose utilities are not participants will need to enter their own usage data.

Aggregated, anonymous data can also be accessed by the app from the nearly six-dozen utilities involved with Opower, representing collective information for about 60 million customers.

Communication, Transparency

The usefulness of the information available through the social energy app is enhanced in homes with smart meters, which take into account such conditions as weather and humidity to make more consistent comparisons between different energy usage periods.

Alex Lasky, founder of Opower, told The New York Times that "the utility industry is not known for its cutting-edge customer service, mostly because they're regulated monopolies." Now, he said, that's changing "in a profound way," with a wider use of social networking, alerts, sophisticated usage reports, and other tools.

We asked Current Analysis' Brad Shimmin whether this new kind of social app could be useful to consumers or businesses. He said that it could well "turn out to be very useful, since people don't often talk to others" about the specifics of their energy usage, adding that transparency can help drive a market to efficiency.

Shimmin said that he could see other kinds of social apps being developed that would allow one person or company to compare costs and usage to another, such as a social app that would compare broadband performance. The key to saving money, he noted, is not only being able to make usage more efficient, but also "being able to shop around" -- an ability that is not always available to electric utility customers.

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



 Applications
1. Silverpop: IBM Marketing Gets Personal
2. VMware Horizon 6 Folds In AirWatch
3. Cuban Twitter Creates New Hurdles
4. Wedding in the Palm of Your Hand
5. Last Fixes Tuesday for XP, Office 2003




 Most Popular Articles
1. BlackBerry Drops T-Mobile After Nasty Spat
2. Salesforce CRM Gets Industry Specific for Internet of Customers
3. $200 'Micro' 3D Printer Earns Big on Kickstarter
4. HP Rolls Out New Software-Defined Network Products
5. Fast Seagate 6 TB Drive Offered for Enterprise Data Centers

Have an informed opinion on this story?
Send a Letter to the Editor.
We want to know what you think.
Send us your Feedback.

 Related Topics  Latest News & Special Reports

  IBM Adds Disaster Recovery to SoftLayer
  Mark Hurd's 5 Keys to Market Success
  Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
  Zebra Buys Motorola Enterprise Biz
  How To Beat the Heartbleed Bug

 Technology Marketplace

Business Intelligence
Get real-time, cloud-based information services with Neustar.
 
Cloud Computing
BMC's I.T. solutions unleash the power of your business
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
 
Contact Centers
HP delivers the future of the contact center with HP Qfiniti 10.
 
Data Storage
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
 
Enterprise Hardware
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
 
Enterprise I.T.
BMC's I.T. solutions unleash the power of your business
 
Hardware
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 
Network Security
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 

Network Security Spotlight
IBM Offers Security, Disaster Recovery as SoftLayer Service
New disaster recovery and security services for SoftLayer clients are being added by IBM. Big Blue said the new capabilities will speed cloud adoption by alleviating concern over business continuity.
 
How To Beat the Heartbleed Bug
Heartbleed headlines continue as IT admins scramble for answers no one has. Early reports of stolen personal data, including 900 social insurance numbers in Canada, are starting to trickle in.
 
After Heartbleed, OpenSSL Calls for More Support
The president of the OpenSSL Foundation says more support is needed from companies and governments that use its software so that it can better spot and fix flawed pieces of code such as Heartbleed.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
Google Glass may find its first markets in verticals in which hands-free access to data is a boon. Medicine is among the most prominent of those, as seen in a number of Glass experiments under way.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly set to launch a smartphone after years of development. Photos of the phone, which may feature a unique 3D interface, were leaked by tech pub BGR.
 
Zebra Tech Buys Motorola Enterprise for $3.45B
Weeks after Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility’s assets from Google for $2.91 million, Zebra Technologies is throwing down $3.45 billion for Motorola’s Enterprise business in an all-cash deal.
 
CTIA Caves, Volunteers Kill Switch Plan
After bucking against the concept of a smartphone kill switch, the CTIA just announced the “Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment” to thwart smartphone thefts in the U.S.
 

Navigation
Top Tech News
Home/Top News | Network Security | Tech Trends | Cloud Computing | Hardware | Applications | Microsoft/Windows
Apple/Mac | Mobile Tech | World Wide Web | Big Data | Communications | Hackers | Chips & Processors
Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech | Press Releases
Also visit these Enterprise Technology Sites
Top Tech News | CIO Today | Mobile Tech Today | Data Storage Today

Services:
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About CIO Today Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Services for PR Pros (In partnership with NewsFactor) | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 Top Tech News. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.