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We're seeing a boost in partnerships between software and hardware companies when it comes to monitoring energy consumption at home. The latest partnership joins up Microsoft's Hohm, an online platform for managing energy use, and Blue Line, which offers a power monitor and Wifi unit that can now be combined to upload your home's energy information to your Hohm profile. To celebrate the new partnership, Microsoft and TreeHugger have partnered up to launch a sweepstakes with the new Blue Line devices as prizes. Check out how you can win one after the jump. The PowerCost Monitor from Blue Line allows a user to keep an eye on their energy consumption in real time and make immediate changes to help minimize consumption and, of course, the amount owed to the utility company every month. Connecting the device to a dashboard like Hohm makes monitoring and managing energy consumption easier -- the information is automatically uploaded to a user's profile, and displayed in a consumer-friendly format.
Microsoft states, "By enabling devices like the Blue Line PowerCost Monitor to connect into Hohm, you will receive more detailed energy use information than what you are currently getting on your monthly bill. And with our easy-to-use graphs, you can quickly see how to save the most energy and money. [S]tudies show that consumers who use energy-monitoring devices can save up to 15% on their bill. With an average Hohm Score in the U.S. of 61 and an average annual electricity cost of $1,244, this means consumers could be saving hundreds of dollars a year just by monitoring their energy use."
Win A Free PowerCost Monitor
Today, Microsoft and TreeHugger are launching a sweepstakes and giving away Blue Line PowerCost Monitors. We'll have three opportunities for you to win, starting today and continuing through August.
You can enter once per day, and we'll draw a winner at random on August 4th, August 11th and August 18th. Read the official rules for more details.
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