My favorite green product of the week: the Tendril Residential Energy Ecosystem (TREE)
What is it?
TREE is an end-to-end residential energy management system. In a nut shell, the system allows you to monitor your home’s energy consumption. It gives you real-time consumption details, can predict your next bill, and help you compare your usage to homes around you. It comes with some hardware (like a home display monitor) and software.
Why is it better?
There are quite a few different energy monitoring systems in the world. TREE seems to be one of the most comprehensive. It basically lets you figure out where you’re consuming energy within your home, where you can reduce your energy consumption (which obviously then reduces your ecological footprint), when peak hours are in your area (which lets you see when energy prices are lower and can therefore help you save money), and can be programmed to power down appliances reducing vampire power (also helping you save money and the environment). TREE connects your home to utilities’ back-office systems, resulting in a much more interactive, empowered experience for the consumer. Not too shabby, I think.
For more about TREE, check out this interview with Tendril CEO Adrian Tuck.
Where can you find it?
Tendril offers a few different products, but their basic set up is the Tendril Insight. Come the middle of next year, you might be able to get hardware directly from Tendril for $30-$50.
Besides her green products column on Cleantech Blog, Cristina is a passionate advocate for green living at the Green Home Huddle at Huddler.com, which focuses on electric cars, organic food, and other green products.