Google PowerMeter Saves $$$ on Your Power Bill
How much does it cost to leave your TV on all day? What about turning your air conditioning 1 degree cooler? Which uses more power every month — your fridge or your dishwasher? Is your household more or less energy efficient than similar homes in your neighborhood?
Google is in the final stages of fine-tuning their free Power Meter software, set to inform users on just how much energy appliances use and comparing their energy consumption with that of their neighbours.
‘Russ’, a Google hardwear engineer, claims to have shaved US$3000 off his power bill in 2008, after following advice offered by PowerMeter. The software requires each home to use an advanced energy meter, or a “smart meter”, which offers detailed energy-consumption information. Currently there are forty million smart meters in use globally, with reports of another one-hundred million more on the way in the near future.
Ed Lu, Google engineer, explained the big picture benefits of such energy-cutting software:
It may not sound like much, but if half of America’s households cut their energy demand by 10 per cent, it would be the equivalent of taking eight million cars off the road.