Google Aids Green Action

Posted on February 11, 2009  Comments (5)

Google has a focus on energy as I have discussed previously. Google has been working to provide a way for people to get information on energy use in their homes that can be used to reduce your energy use.

Power to the people

studies show that access to home energy information results in savings between 5-15% on monthly electricity bills. It may not sound like much, but 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.

We’ve been participating in the dialogue in Washington, DC and with public agencies in the U.S. and other parts of the world to advocate for investment in the building of a “smart grid,” to bring our 1950s-era electricity grid into the digital age. Specifically, to provide both consumers and utilities with real-time energy information, homes must be equipped with advanced energy meters called “smart meters.” There are currently about 40 million smart meters in use worldwide, with plans to add another 100 million in the next few years.

Over the last several months, our engineers have developed a software tool called Google PowerMeter, which will show consumers their home energy information almost in real time, right on their computer. Google PowerMeter is not yet available to the public since we’re testing it out with Googlers first.

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5 Responses to “Google Aids Green Action”

  1. Anonymous
    February 12th, 2009 @ 3:56 am

    There could be no better investment in than to invest in energy independence. Create clean cheap energy,create millions of BADLY needed new green jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.The high cost of fuel this past year did serious damage to our society and economy. Record numbers of jobs and homes have been lost due to the direct impact on our economy.Oil is finite.We are using it globally at the rate of 2 X faster than new oil is being discovered. Added to the strain on our supplies foreign countries are bursting in populations and becoming modern.

  2. francesca
    February 18th, 2009 @ 7:21 am

    As one of the most power research engine, it is a great thing that they are presenting tools to make people more aware of their energy consumption.Some of us may pay too much on electric bills. Being aware of your consumption can give you a heads up if you are already spending too much for it.

    Hopefully this software will be made available. It should be featured on the website once it will be launched.

  3. Daniel Aloy
    April 12th, 2009 @ 12:22 pm

    Let’s hear it for Google!

    The consumer has largely been left out of the power saving loop. Imagine that, with new and innovative green energy technologies, I can’t see that there’s an ongoing government effort to educate the most important component of the green revolution: the consumer. The newer technologies we hear about are all about putting in place green-inspired industrial projects to generate cleaner energy; however, informing the consumer to make better choices about the products used in most homes needs more attention.

    There are many energy saving materials and processes that the consumer should know about, such as: heat barrier paints that save energy, high insulating value attic film material, window treatments that will help save energy, PV installations that will pay for themselves over the long haul, and more efficient home appliances.

    Every effort should be made by our government to promote these better – and cleaner – technologies.

  4. Wade Werner
    February 4th, 2010 @ 9:26 am

    A national power grid or smart meter makes so much sense. Furthermore the ability to monitor energy consumption in the home would be a great awakening and savings for the country. This Google Powermeter seems like a great boon to homeowners and will save money for our country. What can the average homeowner do to support efforts by Washington to institute the “smart grid” and support engineering such as the power meter and other devices everyone profits from? Let’s spread the word to relatives and friends and on the Internet in as many ways as possible!

  5. eddie
    July 24th, 2010 @ 6:56 am

    I truly believe with the price of crued oil, and oil spills, other countries blowing up oilrigs. I believe everbody should do there best to save energy, and go green. Solar power!

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