ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwired - Feb 10, 2015) - People Power, a technology and user engagement company focused on providing apps, cloud and mobile services for the Internet of Things (IoT), announces that its Presence Pro Energy Program for Oahu Residents has been awarded the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) 2015 Energy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficient Technology Deployment.
The inconvenient truth is that, for most people, saving energy in the home is not a top priority. However, People Power discovered that residents do feel a responsibility to secure their homes, as well as protect their children and pets while they are away.
In response, People Power developed its Presence app to protect the welfare and valuables of homeowners while they are away from home, while also incorporating engaging energy management features as an added bonus within the app. Presence uses old phones to provide video alerts when there is movement in an area of the home. To date, Presence has recorded over 10 million video alerts, and the app continues to grow in popularity. The goal is that once users get in the habit of using their smart phones to check in on their homes, they will also begin to take note of their energy usage.
Utilizing the interactive Presence app, The Presence Pro Energy Program was established to help Oahu residents become more aware of their energy use as well as provide them the opportunity to receive significant savings on their energy bills. The one-year pilot program is a collaboration between People Power and the Energy Excelerator, an accelerator program that is based in Hawaii.
Through a combination of weekly competitions designed to challenge the community, and smart home energy tools such as Monster Central smart plugs, People Power enables participants to have better conversations around energy. Participants have access to personal data usage from anywhere, making it simple to understand and control energy consumption.
"Using Presence as the vehicle to create change in consumers' energy habits, People Power's mission is to create more energy conscious consumers. The goal of the program is to foster a sense of energy responsibility among participants and their communities," said Gene Wang, CEO of People Power. "We are honored to be recognized by AESP for our commitment to developing an effective energy efficient technology program and want to thank the Energy Excelerator for enabling us to launch this initiative. We hope to continue to inspire consumers to be more aware of their energy use, ultimately creating a more responsible, energy-conscious world."
"The high cost of electricity in Hawaii makes energy efficiency especially important for local families," said Dawn Lippert, Director of the Energy Excelerator. "We find and fund innovative startups with the potential to positively impact Hawaii's energy system, and People Power's program is a great example of a novel approach to engaging local residents in saving energy."
AESP's 2015 Energy Awards Program recognizes excellence in the energy services field. People Power and other award recipients have created innovative and measurably effective programs that have led to energy savings and reduced pressure on the grid.
To download the Presence app, please visit http://www.peoplepowerco.com/products/.
About People Power
Founded in 2009, People Power is an award-winning software company with a proud legacy in mobility and green technology. People Power's intuitive app, Presence, transforms spare smart devices into wireless video cameras for use as a webcam, baby monitor, pet cam or DIY security system. The app also expands to deliver real-time energy monitoring and control of smart plugs and electric appliances, giving residential and small business users the ability to manage electric consumption from a smartphone. Today, Presence is enabling energy conservation programs with utility companies across North America helping consumers monitor, control and save electricity, thereby reducing monthly electric bills. Presence Pro Energy is a utility grade energy conservation program being deployed across North America helping people monitor, control and save electricity, thereby reducing their monthly electric bills up to 10%. Programs include engaging energy games that educate and drive behavioral change plus points that reward active participation and sustain interest. For more information, visit www.peoplepowerco.com.