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Irvine, CA, United States, 2010/07/27 - Smarthome announced today that it is one of seven preferred retail partners of the Blue Line PowerCost Monitor™ WiFi Gateway (BLI 31100).
The product is in stock and available through Smarthome.com for $159, or bundled with the PowerCost Monitor™ and Energy Meter (BLI 28000) for $268.
The PowerCost Monitor™ and Energy Meter is a device that, when attached to a home’s electric meter, can read real-time power consumption. When coupled with the new PowerCost Monitor™ WiFi Gateway, that information can then be relayed to the Microsoft® Hohm™ online portal where it can be compiled and analyzed. The unit is do-it-yourself friendly and is safe to install without an electrician.
Hohm™ is an online application launched by Microsoft® which enables consumers to analyze their energy usage while providing energy saving recommendations. It gives users the ability to benchmark their personal results with other communities and group members.
“This is certainly an exciting product for us to offer our customers,” said Mike Scharnagl, Director of Marketing at Smarthome. “The WiFi Gateway is the perfect addition for those who already own a PowerCost Monitor. For those who want to start keeping an eye on their energy consumption, it can be purchased as a kit with the PowerCost Monitor. Our core consumers are home automation enthusiasts, and the WiFi Gateway allows them to monitor their energy consumption remotely using Hohm™.”
Smarthome offers a variety of home automation systems that lets users enjoy convenient, energy efficient lighting and appliance control - including its award-winning INSTEON® technology. Using INSTEON®, products can be controlled via switches, keypads and dimmers; handheld remote controls; triggers and motion sensors; touchscreens; and via the Internet or web-enabled devices such as cell phones.
Founded in 1992, Smarthome (smarthome.com) was created based on the realization of a need for automated products that make lives easier, safer and more enjoyable. Today, Smarthome sells more than 6,000 hard-to-find products, including home automation solutions featuring award-winning INSTEON technology. Smarthome sells online through their award-winning website, through their direct mail catalog and via their brick and mortar retail store located in Irvine, CA.
INSTEON is the best selling Home Area Networking (HAN) technology on the market. It is the only mesh network capable of utilizing two independent means of communication, RF and powerline, thus also making it the most reliable technology. With over 200 products and kits on the market, INSTEON makes it is easy to link together home systems such as lighting, security, HVAC (comfort control), A/V, appliances, and sensors, allowing them to be controlled or monitored from anywhere in the world. INSTEON products can also be used in Smart Grid applications including load shedding, demand response and real-time power reporting.