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Google PowerMeter is Free Consumer Electricity Software

Giving people energy usage information can save up to 15% of their energy usage and costs. That reduces climate change. And now consumers have free access to power meter monitoring.

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Studies show that simply
giving people their energy information
can result in energy savings of up to 15%.

Google PowerMeter Features

Google PowerMeter is a free electricity usage monitoring tool that provides you with information on how much energy your home is consuming. Google PowerMeter receives information from utility smart meters and in-home energy management devices and visualizes this information for you on iGoogle (your personalized Google homepage). And, Google PowerMeter is free.

Studies show that being able to see your electricity usage in near real time, throughout the day, makes it easier to reduce it and save money. This sort of feedback requires either an advanced electricity meter, a "smart meter," or a consumer-owned electricity management device, and many of today's smart meters don't display information to the consumer.

Consumers should have access to data on their personal electricity use, control who gets to see this data and choose from a range of services to help them understand and benefit from this data.

Google is working with federal and state governments to ensure that energy policies encourage consumer information; read Google's comments to the Department of Energy on smart grid investment in the stimulus, Edward Lu's testimony to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and  comments to the California Public Utilities Commission and our joint statement with leading companies and NGOs.

Google hopes that consumers will soon be empowered with an entire ecosystem of energy information products and services.


If all households in developed countries achieved a 15% energy savings by 2020, it would mean about a 470 MtCO2 equiv. reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. This is equivalent to:

  • About 10 Denmarks or 100 Copenhagens;2
  • Taking more than 200 million cars off the road in the EU;3
  • Shutting down 124 large coal power plants;4 or
  • 2 to 4 times more than the total estimated reductions in CO2 emissions from the first phase of the EU Emissions Trading System between 2005 and 2007.5

By providing people with real-time home energy information we can make a major down payment on tackling climate change while saving money and creating exciting new industries -- and jobs.


Google PowerMeter is a project of Google.org, Google's philanthropic arm, which aspires to leverage the power of information and technology to address global challenges.



Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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