Energy's Little Black Box

Thursday, February 05, 2009

If you knew where all the energy zooming into your house was being used and wasted, would you change the way you consume power? One company is banking on it. Our Power Trip heads to Redwood City, California to talk to Joe Polastre, CTO and co-founder of Sentilla. The company has invented an unassuming rectangular box that tracks —dollar by dollar, watt by watt—how much energy the appliances in your home are using. Clothes dryers and air conditioners beware: your energy guzzling ways are secrets no more.

Guests:

Joe Polastre

Contributors:

Collin Campbell, Sally Herships, Ellen Horne and Molly Webster

Comments [2]

Garry G

Forgot to mention another interesting startup working on a similar bottom up 'swarm' approach to networked appliances using standards like Zigbee that allow low power consumption communication- Check out Toronto-based REGEN ENERGY

Feb. 05 2009 09:46 AM
Garry G

Excellent video... Sentilla's approach to integrating information and energy is spot on!

I hadn't seen the application work in real life-- thanks for the look inside!

Feb. 05 2009 09:33 AM

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