Woohoo! New Features! We just rolled-out some awesome new features that are really going to improve your SwitchHop experience.
You can now buddy-up to see how your power consumption stacks-up to your friends. On your personal page, you’ll notice a link to “see your friends”. That’ll take you to your friends page (go figure).
Once there, you’ll see a graph that compares your usage this month with your friends. It also benches the average usage of your friends to give you some context.
On the right, you’ll notice a list of your friends and a search box that lets you look for people. The on/off switch beside each friend lets you toggle them on or off the graph.
Be careful – this feature can lead to obsessive competition with your friends! While we were testing the buddy feature, I was the most efficient guy on our team in terms of energy usage.
One of our devs got really
jealous competitive and started swapping his light bulbs out with LEDs, unplugging electronics and showering bi-weekly (ok, that last one was a joke). Before long, he was experimenting with turning off appliances and now obsesses over the timing of his laundry loads.
So where are we taking this feature? Well, we’re working on allowing you to overlay a friend’s daily usage graph on top of your own to facilitate helping each other find ways to reduce consumption (and create more friendly competition). And we’re building a competition and ranking system in to SwtichHop complete with leaderboards and incentives to save more.
Time of Use (TOU) Indicator
For those of you that are being billed on a time of use rate structure, you’ll notice a small, multi-coloured line beneath your usage graph. That line represents the price of energy (red is high, green is low).
You can use this to understand when the best time to do things like laundry or running your dishwasher is (hint: it’s generally not during ‘convenient’ hours in the day).
Thanks for using SwitchHop – we’re really excited to keep the features rolling for you guys as we expand our user-base!