Watts That? You Have Home Energy Info on your Handset?

tendrilmobilevantagesmall1Today’s Earth2Tech story about energy monitoring is right up my alley. I’m always on the hunt for ways to reduce home energy usage and the first step is understanding how much is currently used. While I debate on a smart power meter purchase, Tendril is moving forward with a mobile application to provide the info I’m looking for. They plan to show off the software at DEMO this afternoon, but I can’t wait that long: I already want it!

Unfortunately the software is initially expected for customers of select utilities, so I’m not holding out any hopes of seeing it here anytime soon. This is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania after all; We still have pre-prohibition liquor laws, so change doesn’t come easy to these parts.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing for Tendril though. Katie makes a good point at E2T: this is likely more for early adopters and it’s going to take time for everyday folks to embrace web-enabled services for super specialized types of data like this. That gives companies like Tendril plenty of time to optimize the flow of energy usage data from utilities to consumers.