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What is it? • Google PowerMeter is a free energy monitoring tool that allows you to view your home's energy consumption from anywhere online. • Using energy information provided by utility smart meters and energy monitoring devices, Google PowerMeter enables you to view your home's energy consumption from anywhere online.
What are people saying? • "I wasn't really looking for energy information on my kitchen counter. I needed something that could push the information to me in different ways, like my mobile phone and my computer. Unless it's accessible and actionable, there's not much point to it. I use Google everyday to search so it was important to me to have my energy information at my fingers at any time." • Benson Hougland (Temecula, CA) • Savings: 26% decrease in energy bills or $1080 saved per year
What are people saying? • "I like to have some control in my life. To me, getting an energy bill once a month, you can't learn anything from it. I'm not someone who's going to live in a cold house in the winter, but if there are things that I can do to be more aware, more comfortable, and save, then I'll do it." • Ed Kohler (Minneapolis, MN) • Savings: 40% decrease in energy bills or $240 saved per year
Future • According to the company, if half of America's homes' energy use was cut by ten%, it would equal taking eight million cars off the road. • It is hoped that this tool will raise the home-owner's awareness of how much energy they use and make users more energy efficient.
Advantages • Google PowerMeter is a free software. • It allows instant access to near instant power readings anywhere in the world. • Tracks power consumption using graphs. • Easy to use. • Easy to understand. • Gives access to all aspects of your electricity consumption.
Disadvantages • The only disadvantage is that Google PowerMeter is that it has to be used with a smart meter from one of its partner companies.
Summary • Google PowerMeter allows full access to your power consumption and is an invaluable tool if you wish to save money and energy. • It is a unique tool to easily and comprehensively check your power and doing so from anywhere.
References • http://www.google.com/powermeter/about/index.html • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_PowerMeter