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About this project

Lower your electric bills and reduce your home’s environmental impact with real-time energy use feedback, spending goals, and alerts.

 

Glow is the world’s first ambient home energy tracker that anyone can install. Using breakthrough magneto-resistive sensing technology, Glow’s sensor wirelessly measures your home’s electricity usage. Glow sends that information to an elegantly designed, in-home display unit that changes color to let you “see” your home’s energy use. It’s like a fitness tracker for your home!

 

Understanding how your home uses energy shouldn’t require superpowers. With Glow, you can see just how much electricity your home is using—no superhero cape required.

 

In most homes, a whopping 40% of electricity consumed goes to waste. That can add up to big bucks on your electric bill—over $500 for the average home! Glow helps you see energy use as it happens so you can cut the waste and save money. You can even tell Glow how much you want to spend each month, and Glow will help you stay on track. 

Where does energy waste happen?
Where does energy waste happen?

 

Did you leave the oven on or the air conditioner running? Now you can find out right from your phone. The Glow app reveals your home’s energy usage when you're on-the-go. And notifications alert you of abnormal usage so you can take action right away. No more unexpected surprises on your electricity bill!

 

We want Glow to be a device you love to use. Here are some of the features we added to help it not only help you save energy, but also fit nicely into your home: 

The Hardware 

  • Safe installation: Glow’s patent-pending sensor attaches to your utility meter box in seconds (check your meter’s compatibility here)
  • Wireless sensing: Magneto-resistive technology wirelessly measures your power usage 
  • Quick setup: Setting up your in-home unit is as simple as plugging it in and letting Glow calibrate (The whole process takes about 10 minutes)
  • Smart Energy Indicator: Glow’s soft LED light changes color based on your energy use and dims automatically at night
  • Snooze button: Tap Glow’s button to snooze the light for 2 hours or hold to pause feedback completely
  • Ultra-low power usage: The entire Glow system uses less energy than a single LED bulb

The App 

  • Cross-platform App: Mobile applications for both iOS and Android phones
  • Remote Energy Monitoring: Monitor your home’s electricity usage from anywhere
  • Energy Usage Alerts: Get notifications about abnormal energy usage so you can investigate
  • Cost Forecasting: Glow estimates the energy cost for your next bill based on recent usage
  • Spending Goals: Tell Glow how much you want to spend, and Glow helps you stay on track
  • Smart Home Integrations: Integrate Glow with your car charger and other smart home technology to unlock great new features. We're working on solar panel system integration as well (see FAQ for compatible devices and systems).

The Short Story: Glow tracks your home’s energy usage using two devices: a wireless sensor that attaches to the outside of your utility meter box, and the in-home unit which plugs into your wall. The sensor measures electricity as it flows into your home, and the in-home unit sends that information to the Glow app on your phone. 

 The Longer Story: 

Traditional energy monitors required dangerous wiring or professional installation. As a result, every homeowner we knew was left in the dark (sorry, we couldn’t resist) about their daily energy use. 

Our team of designers, engineers, and developers set out to measure electricity usage without having to open any dangerous electrical boxes. To do that, we invented a self-contained sensor that attaches to the outside of your electricity meter box and “senses” the amount of electricity flowing into your home. This type of magneto-resistive sensing was first popularized for consumer use in smartphones, where it is used to detect the magnetic field of the earth for the compass app.

Glow’s sensor sends energy data wirelessly to the Glow unit in your home. From there, it is processed and sent to Glow’s backend cloud service for deeper analysis. 

 

Glow works with most modern digital or “smart” meters installed on U.S. homes. To see if Glow is compatible with your home, start with the diagram below. To be extra sure, check out our full list of compatible meter installations. Please understand that we can only guarantee Glow will work if your installation meets our specifications!

Important note for international residents: Due to differences in electrical systems between countries, the first version of Glow will only support U.S. and Canadian homes. We hope to add support for more countries in the future! Sign up for announcements on international availability here. 

Does my meter configuration work with Glow?
Does my meter configuration work with Glow?

If your meter isn't supported, know that we're working hard on supporting more meter configurations. Sign up for announcements about support for additional meters here.

Glow was created by a team of designers, engineers, and developers based in Athens, Ohio. Our mission is to help consumers understand their energy usage, save money, and reduce their environmental impact—right inside their homes. 

Glow’s founders, Ben and Robin, met way back in 2013. Robin had just finished an energy monitoring project and Ben was exploring software solutions for energy tracking—it was an instant match. They bonded over a shared vision of developing an "energy monitor for the masses," one that could be safely installed by anyone and that people would be excited to have in their homes. 

Fast forward to 2017, we've formed a company, designed and built four prototypes, and given Glow to our friends to test in their homes. Now we are excited to share Glow with you!

The Glow Team
The Glow Team

 

We're keeping it simple. Just pick the elegantly designed version of Glow that best complements your home, and you're done!

Available in charcoal or linen with a standard soft-touch or limited edition hardwood base
Available in charcoal or linen with a standard soft-touch or limited edition hardwood base

 

Glow has been tested in real-world homes for over 9 months. Watch a quick demo of one of our current prototypes:

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(the web interface shown in the video is a rough, early prototype, but easier to show than switching back and forth on mobile!)

Here are the remaining steps to get Glow to your doorstep:

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Risks and challenges

We've done a huge amount of work to reduce the risk of getting Glow to your door. Most importantly, we've been testing our third generation of prototypes for over 9 months in real-world homes. These units are part of a long line of prototypes for both the design and the hardware. We've also built Glow for manufacturability from day 1--we've been building custom PCBs, done detailed costing, and found second sources for component suppliers all along the way. This means we don't have to convert from a hobby-solution prototype (like a Raspberry Pi) to custom hardware, we've already built it. We're also building strong partnerships with multiple manufacturing resources in the region. It's important to note that they're a car ride away in most cases, instead of an intercontinental flight to the other side of the world. These partnerships give us confidence that our goals of manufacturing in the US, and regionally when possible, are on track to turn out a great product.

- As with any wireless device, Glow must be certified to meet the specifications of the FCC. Although we design and test to these specifications, when Glow is sent off to a certifying lab, issues could be uncovered that may lead to design changes that lead to longer than anticipated time to fulfillment.

- The upgraded wood base poses a unique engineering challenge due to its inherent qualities as a natural material. Wood undergoes seasonal expansion and contraction, requires an increased minimum thickness, and has reduced cross grain impact strength. All of these factors must be mitigated with additional industrial design and engineering. However, we deeply love wood--both how it feels and how it augments home decor. We are working hard to deliver it as a unique and beautiful addition to the base product. If for any reason the wood base is significantly delayed or undeliverable due to these risks, we will offer a standard unit instead, at a reduced cost.

- Any integration with 3rd party devices is in some part dependent on that third party. We can not control access to APIs or other integration points, and any features involving outside entities may be delayed or become impossible based on those third party entities' decisions. If this happens, we'll attempt to communicate with affected customers as quickly as possible.

- While we are ready to launch Glow into the world, we have not, by any means, solved every challenge ahead of us. In launching this Kickstarter campaign we are setting our sights on delivering a great first product to a group of amazing early adopters and supporters. However, to get Glow to your doorstep we have hardware and software engineering ahead of us, additional industrial design, formalizing relationships with identified manufacturing partners, and, finally, the task of manufacturing, testing and fulfilling all of your rewards. Our intention is to communicate throughout this journey on a roughly monthly basis and be as frank and open as possible with you as we tackle each challenge ahead of us.

Thank you so much for your support. It means the world to us.

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