Friday, 26 March 2010

Earth Hour

Tomorrow, Saturday 27th March, at 8.30pm is Earth Hour.

Show that you care about climate change by switching your lights off for 1 hour.

Just a small change like switching off lights when you leave a room can make a difference.  If you turn off two 60 watt light bulbs that you normally leave on around the clock you can save £120 a year.

If every household in the UK did this, we could save just over half a tonne of Co2.

Here at AlertMe we will be switching our lights off. Will you?

Thursday, 18 March 2010

AlertMe named as New Energy Pioneer by Bloomberg

We're delighted to be able to let you know that Bloomberg New Energy Finances has named AlertMe in the Top 5 New Energy Pioneers worldwide.

The Pioneers programme has recognised AlertMe as a highly promising company in the new energy technology field. Bloomberg believe AlertMe will play a vital part in the transition to a lower carbon, smart energy system.

Bloomberg were impressed that AlertMe can not only demonstrate new technology but also show it working in real-life in customers homes today, helping them to see how much energy they're using and lower their energy bills right now.

Click here to learn more about Bloomberg's New Energy Pioneers.

Friday, 12 March 2010

Mary Turner joins AlertMe as CEO

We're all excited today to be able to share the news that Mary Turner has joined AlertMe as our new CEO (press-release here). AlertMe is now well into its commercial growth phase, and we've been seeking someone with the proven experience of leading consumer-focused businesses from entrepreneurial beginnings into massive commercial success. Mary is our dream candidate and I was over the moon when she said "Yes". As a founder, it's great to be able to mark this major "growing-up" milestone in the company's history, and to have found such an exceptional person to lead us forwards.

It's significant that Mary comes from the telecommunications world, where she played a major role in the telco revolution of the past 20 years or so. During that time telco has seen a) the freeing-up of the "local-loop" (you can now buy your broadband from anyone, not just BT), and b) increasingly rich, bundled services (you can now buy your fixed-line, your broadband, your TV and your mobile all from one service provider).

AlertMe is a key platform for driving a similar revolution in the Energy space - and indeed the gap between Energy and Telco is blurring fast. Increasingly, consumers are coming to see Energy less as a fixed, inevitable cost of owning/renting a home, and more as another household service just like broadband, mobile or TV - which can be understood, switched and bundled in the same way.

Vive la change!

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Google Opens Up PowerMeter API

In October AlertMe became the first European company to partner with Google PowerMeter. AlertMe gives consumers visibility and control of their energy consumption and enables consumers to view this information with Google PowerMeter. By providing the energy consumption data that PowerMeter relies on, AlertMe is one of the engines behind Google PowerMeter.

Last week, Google expanded the ecosystem around PowerMeter by introducing an API (application programming interface) which will allow developers to help people better understand their energy consumption and find additional ways to save energy. And of course all of these new add-on capabilities will be available to any AlertMe customers who opt into Google PowerMeter too.

We’re thrilled that Google released the API and hope that adoption of the API is widespread. This validates the importance of our partnership with Google and will help to increase adoption of online consumer home energy management. And we think that everyone should have access to their energy information to save money, avoid wasting energy and be good to the planet by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

If you’ve been waiting to try out AlertMe or Google PowerMeter, there’s no time like the present.