Google Testing PowerMeter To Save Energy

Offers detailed energy usage

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Google is ramping up its efforts to allow consumers to see how much energy they use in real time with a tool it is testing called Google PowerMeter.

Eventually Google plans to make PowerMeter available to consumers who have homes equipped with advanced energy meters called "smart meters" There are about 40 million smart meters in use globally and plans are in the works to add another 100 million over the next few years.

The Google Blog offers more details on the companies efforts. "But deploying smart meters alone isn’t enough. This needs to be coupled with a strategy to provide customers with easy access to energy information. That’s why we believe that open protocols and standards should serve as the cornerstone of smart grid projects, to spur innovation, drive competition, and bring more information to consumers as the smart grid evolves."

"We believe that detailed data on your personal energy use belongs to you, and should be available in an open standard, non-proprietary format. You should control who gets to see your data, and you should be free to choose from a wide range of services to help you understand it and benefit from it."

Google says it is working on partnerships with utility and independent device manufacturers to introduce its PowerMeter gradually in pilot programs.

Google Testing PowerMeter To Save Energy
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    Nice article, thanks for sharing :)

  • http://www.diamondonnet.com Diamonds

    Not really feasible right now but in the next few years, this should be something to look forward to…

  • http://www.indiesurf.com Darren Tan

    Great move by Google. Could be a great trigger for those who over-use electricity unneccessarily.. And that includes me. :-)

  • http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com ron (design eng)

    A similar type of equipment is on the market for local use now.I have a simple portable plug in unit that goes between the appliance & wall outlet which measures energy consumption of the appliance,recording watts, watt hours & costs when the unit cost of electricity is programmed in.cost is about

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      If the average company or brand was having a better result, I’m sure we’d be getting real metric information about it. We aren’t really. (Outside of Dell.) I use Twitter and we got 157 visits from Twitter so far this month with a total number of followed of about 2,500. What other sort of metrics do you have to support this? What case studies have been done?

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    Really nice mobe by Google

  • http://www.netherfieldwildlife.org.uk Jay

    This is a great initiative from Google and I really hope it takes off!

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