Microsoft has launched a beta version of a new program called Microsoft Hohm. This is a free web-based application that helps you track your home’s overall energy consumption (electricity, gas, etc) in order to help you save money. It breaks the costs down into small, incremental elements in order to help you manage where your energy (and money) is going. One of the best things about Hohm is that it gives you easy, step-by-step recommendations on how to immediately begin saving money on your utility bills. Microsoft Hohm uses advanced analytics from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the US Department of Energy, in order to give homeowners individualized energy-saving recommendations.
All that is required to sign up is a Windows Live ID and a zip code. You then answer some questions about your home (there are 200 total if you want to get really in depth), and then Hohm will take your answers and give recommendations based on local and national averages.
For more information about Microsoft Hohm, as well as getting started, go to: http://www.microsoft-hohm.com/