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Intel Showcases Sensor To Monitor And Analyze Home Energy Usage

Intel Showcases Sensor To Monitor And Analyze Home Energy Usage

Fujitsu just recently showcased a new power strip that gives users a visual indication of energy usage, and now it sounds like the company may not be along in the market. Intel, a company that is increasingly expanding their reach in the consumer electronics market place, recently described a similar device at their IDF expo in China.

The pocket-sized sensor is designed to monitor energy usage across the home, with everything from televisions to cellphone chargers being eligible for audit. The current design uses a small black box which plugs into a power outlet of its own, and then it monitors current usage and sends logs and reports to a PC via a wireless protocol.

The demonstration setup utilized a PC with an Atom processor and MeeGo; MeeGo sounds like a great OS for a task like this, which wouldn't require the complexities of Windows to handle. The sensor could reportedly discover which devices were being turned off and on, and then reports can be created to show at what hours a certain device is being used the most. The goal here is to give users a visual indication of exactly how much energy they're using, which in turn will hopefully coerce them to cut back.



Many people aren't really sure where their energy goes, but if you see a graph that points to specific items (a game console, heater, etc.), it becomes far easier to pinpoint and cut back on using certain things. Mary Murphy-Hoye, an Intel engineer, stated that users could "reduce energy consumption by 15% to 30%," and in the future, users may be able to download even more apps to analyze usage in various ways (maybe for businesses, perhaps). Intel has yet to say if or when this will become a commercial product available for sale, but we suspect we'll hear more shortly. The company is also looking at ways to store energy in the home, which is something that could of course easily be tied into this monitoring setup.
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So it looks like this device from Intel just plugs into the wall and you don't have to plug your electronics into it? It just monitors the whole house from one outlet? If that is true, this is a lot better (and probably a lot more expensive) than the Fujitsu power strip.

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This is great for people who want to "Go Green" now as the article states you can see concrete results. This might be worth the price just to keep electric companies on the up and up. Idea

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I think that the power strip was a good idea, but it only monitored electricity coming straight from that strip. It looks like Intel innovated off of that design and expanded it to track the usage throughout the entire home. This won't even break the bank, I think, neither will the power strip but you see what I'm saying.

The more aware we are of something, the more self conscience we are going to be about it. By doing some simple math, home owners can calculate the amount of money that they will save by using a product like this. I already know what appliances in my house use up the most electricity, but they are used seldomly compared to my computer.

I bet that leaving a light on, or taking too long of showers (water heater uses electricity right?) will tack on small amounts of money onto your bill. It all adds up in the end. If you can save 20 dollars a month that's pretty substantial in my book. I think this product will do fairly well once it hits the commercial market.

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Marius Malek:

I bet that leaving a light on, or taking too long of showers (water heater uses electricity right?) will tack on small amounts of money onto your bill. It all adds up in the end. If you can save 20 dollars a month that's pretty substantial in my book. I think this product will do fairly well once it hits the commercial market.

Depends, some use electricity and some use gas.

I would love to have this in my house and test it :D. My computer is on the second i get some to the second i sleep, this includes leaving and watching tv so i know its wasting energy. This would keep track of this for me :P lol.

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Inspector:

Marius Malek:

I bet that leaving a light on, or taking too long of showers (water heater uses electricity right?) will tack on small amounts of money onto your bill. It all adds up in the end. If you can save 20 dollars a month that's pretty substantial in my book. I think this product will do fairly well once it hits the commercial market.

Depends, some use electricity and some use gas.

I would love to have this in my house and test it :D. My computer is on the second i get some to the second i sleep, this includes leaving and watching tv so i know its wasting energy. This would keep track of this for me :P lol.

 

So is mine. I literally have a system that I follow whenever I get home in the afternoon. 

What I would be most interested in finding out using this technology is how much energy my PC actually uses while in sleep mode. Or hibernation as other people like to call it. Usually when I want to download something, it's almost always past 11 o'clock at night. So I just let it download, and then put my computer into sleep mode so it will continue to download but use minimal power...so I am told. 

 

 

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This seems like a very interesting concept. I am not too sure how long it will last as a simple stand a lone unit. This will probably start being implemented into your PSU's . I would almost bet that Intel is just trying to get a piece of that action. Either they will try and partner with a company like APS or end up taking them over. Or they could go in the other direction and start producing their own backup units.

If this one also came with the Riddex system built in so you can monitor your power consumption and kill pests! Then I would be all over it:)

 

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