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United States : Microsoft Hohm goes wireless with Blue Line.

Microsoft and Blue Line Innovations have announced a partnership designed to give consumers real-time information about their home energy use. Blue Line's popular energy tracking device combined with Microsoft Hohm can now give you information (in graph and chart form) about household energy use, its cost, and where you can save the most.

Here's how it works: the Blue Line PowerCost Monitor, which runs $249, attaches to a household power utility meter (no wiring is required, thus you don't need an electrician). The included WiFi Gateway device (separately goes for $159) wirelessly transmits energy use data to your Microsoft Hohm account.

The collaboration with Blue Line marks the first available device partnership for Microsoft Hohm, though if it does well, we can expect more. Ford's upcoming electric vehicles are already implementing the Microsoft Hohm home energy management application.

Ars has a PowerCost Monitor on its way, so look for our thoughts on the device once we've had a chance to put it through its paces.

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