Onset Computer Corporation, a world leader in professional energy monitoring tools, has unveiled a brand new computerised temperature-tracking product for consumers, which provides a detailed, visual profile of household heat and air conditioning usage.
Designed to help reduce energy costs, the new HOBO Temperature Logger Kit combines a HOBO Data Logger, a compact, battery-powered temperature recording device, and accompanying software that allows the user to view heat and AC activity on home PC or Mac.
The new HOBO Temperature Logger Kit stems from the need of many homeowners, who want to go beyond free home energy audits and really understand their energy usage. It is all about giving homeowners greater control and allowing them to focus in on the real opportunities for home energy savings.
The HOBO is even easier to use than a programmable thermostat. An average homeowner with basic computer skills can set up and activate the HOBO within minutes. Then, it is just a matter of disconnecting the HOBO from the computer and placing it in areas throughout the home to be monitored.
Once data has been collected for a certain period of time, accompanying software converts the data into time-stamped graphs that enable homeowners to see what was happening and when. The visual data, according to Onset, is the key to seeing usage habits and discovering problems.
The minute the graph pops up on user’s screen, he will be able to see if the thermostat settings need to be adjusted; based on how early the heat comes on in the morning or turns off at night. It can also tell if, for example, how well temperature is balanced from room-to-room, and if user’s refrigerator temperature settings are too low. There are so many opportunities to reduce consumption that homeowners never get to see without real data.
The HOBO U10 Kit includes a HOBO U10 temperature data logger, HOBOware Lite software, and USB interface cable.