Knowing how much energy you consume is a great way to reduce your consumption. Like watching the MPG gauge on a Prius, it can be a reminder to conserve. Here are two new products to help monitor your consumption: one for the home, and one for the kids.
The EnergyHub, pictured above, is an energy management system that can integrate with a smart meter (if you have a compatible meter) or with a number of EnergyHub devices: thermostat, sockets, or strips. They have recently released a new base station. The iOS and Android compatible device, energy hub tells you how much you're using, and even lets you change settings from a mobile device. The Home Base and thermostat bundle starts at $299.99; the Home Base with a socket and strip starts at $324.99, and the Home Base with a thermostat, socket, and strip starts at $399.99.
For the kids, there's an energy monitoring device just for them, although it's still just a prototype. The Current Chameleon by Elle Tweedy helps kids visualize their own appliance usage and rewards them with earning points. The house-shaped device tracks and analyzes the consumption of an appliance teaching kids about conservation.