Google's PowerMeter Will Help Reduce Energy Consumption (Video)

Feb 10, 2009 by John Messina weblog
Google's PowerMeter

(Physorg.com) -- Google.org has announced "PowerMeter", a platform that will help users track their home electricity usage in real-time on their home computer. This platform will receive data from "smart meters" and other electricity management devices that will collect detailed data on energy consumption.

The data collected from these smart devices is displayed on a graph and shows the amount of power used and which device is using it at any given period of time. This will allow people to make smart decisions on how to better manage their energy consumption.

This video is not supported by your browser at this time.


Video: Google PowerMeter Video Clip

With this new platform and smart meters, all of us will have a better understanding of our own energy usage. This is a huge opportunity for us all to save money and fight global warming by reducing our power usage.

Studies show that with access to your homes personal energy information, it's likely to save you between 5-15% on your monthly electric bill. For every six households that save 10% on electricity, carbon emissions would be reduce by the equivalent of taking one conventional car off the road.

At this time Google's PowerMeter is in closed beta but hopes that it will eventually be distributed to anyone who has a smart meter. The information from utility companies' smart meters and energy management devices would be made available to anyone who signs up for access to their home electricity consumption on iGoogle's homepage.

© 2009 PhysOrg.com

Explore further: Samsung debuts new Nook tablet with larger screen

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

NASA Webb's heart survives deep freeze test

8 hours ago

After 116 days of being subjected to extremely frigid temperatures like that in space, the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope, the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) and its sensitive instruments, ...

Recommended for you

Apple computer sells for record $905K in NY

14 hours ago

One of the first Apple computers ever built has sold in New York for $905,000, leading Bonhams auction house to declare it the world's most expensive computer relic.

Review: Better cameras, less glare in iPad Air 2

Oct 22, 2014

If I've seen you taking photos with a tablet computer, I've probably made fun of you (though maybe not to your face, depending on how big you are). I'm old school: I much prefer looking through the viewfinder ...

Samsung phones cleared for US government use

Oct 21, 2014

Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday some of its Galaxy mobile devices were approved by the National Security Agency for use with classified U.S. government networks and data, a boost to the company's efforts to expand in ...

User comments : 2

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Flakk
3 / 5 (2) Feb 10, 2009
Google just loves to pry into every aspect of your life don't they...
nano999
not rated yet Feb 12, 2009
Wow, that video told me NOTHING.