A Foursquare-inspired introduction of game mechanics aims to help curb power use.
Google is embellishing Powermeter by adding a Foursquare-like social game to the energy monitoring system. The game begins with a detailed personal inventory of energy use, and through the smart reduction of power consumption, participants can earn badges as they accumulate points. Users of the service can challenge friends to compete in the energy reduction race as well.
It will be interesting to see if this injection of of game mechanics has a noticeable effect on usage patterns over time.