Heat Meter measures energy use in real time

The device can be easily installed and monitored from a smartphone

By , IDG News Service |  Mobile & Wireless, environment

A mobile application allows Heat Meter users to track their energy use and compare it to others in the area. Fuentes lives in a very efficient, well insulated, modern apartment that is heated with natural gas. He said his typical natural gas bill in the winter is about $60 a month, which includes the use of a gas stove. The Heat Meter application told him if he lowers his thermostat by two degrees, he could save $36 over the heating season. That might not seem like a lot, but for a much larger home, the savings could be in the hundreds or thousands of dollars.

The Heat Meter isn't available commercially yet, but can be purchased for $150 through a Kickstarter campaign.

Nick Barber covers general technology news in both text and video for IDG News Service. E-mail him at Nick_Barber@idg.com and follow him on Twitter at @nickjb.

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