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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.
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
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
to 4 times more than the total estimated reductions in CO2 emissions
from the first phase of the EU Emissions Trading System between 2005
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