Home Automation, Inc. is showing off this diminutive energy display, helping customers keep in touch with their home energy use with a graphical colour-coded display that is wirelessly updated from within the home and directly from your energy provider...
The tabletop and portable IHD (In Home Display) unit is all part of HAI's Smart Grid Solutions system, giving home owners an easy to follow graphical interface to see their daily use of energy within the home, including carbon footprint data, total energy consumption, and comparative analysis with typical energy use. Information is colour coded, the unit is portable (perhaps so you can show off to friends how much or little energy you're consuming?), and the IHD can even receive custom real-time messages from the utility company regarding billing and energy prices. BFF's!
If the IHD is a little too low res for you, there are the HAI OmniTouch 5.7e and OmniTouch 10p Touchscreens, both also capable of displaying real time information about household energy consumption, the current cost of energy, and notifications from the utility company, just like the smaller IHD.
We've always wanted to install one of these wide range automation systems in our apartment (there are affordable security monitoring systems, but not any as feature rich as these type of systems), but they're currently a bit out of the range of a renter. Still, we're hoping to see more energy automation and monitoring systems make their way into the mainstream consumer markets, since energy conservation should be the goal of everyone, and knowing where your energy is being used/wasted is half the battle.