Google is developing a service to try and impact electrical energy consumption by allowing users to easily track their energy usage.
PowerMeter software will tap into the information provided by “smart meters” installed currently on many homes. It will display to customers exactly how they are using power and relate it to specific appliances in the home to help them to pin point the biggest contributors to their consumption.
By having a clear idea where the electricity is being used up, it will allow for a much easier means to conserve energy and lower power bills. “If half of America’s households cut their energy demand by 10 percent, it would be the equivalent of taking eight million cars off the road” noted Google Engineer Ed Lu on the Google Blog Last Monday.
While the project is still in the early stages, Google hopes that PowerMeter will be introduced publically within the next couple of months.