google logoApparently conquering the Web is no longer enough for Google, now they want to get in to your home also.

PowerMeter is a new piece of software currently being tested by Google that will allow home owners to see a graphic representation of how much energy they are consuming, and hopefully help you control your electric bill and your carbon footprint.  With a piece of software on your computer, you will get near real-time information on your energy consumption, and specifics on what exactly in your home or business is using the most power.

Armed with this information, people will be able to better manage their home’s power consumption and get the double benefit of cutting their energy bill and lowering their impact on the environment.  Sadly, The Official Google Blog informs readers that the system is still in the testing stages, but they are actively lobbying to get the software out to the public.  One Google engineer mentions in their promotional video that he has cut his energy consumption by 64% over one year, and saved almost $3,000 off of his bill.  Another Google employee mentions in a testimonial that after monitoring her usage, she changed to Compact Florescent Bulbs (CFLs) and reduced her energy consumption by nearly 13%.

There is no word when this software package will make it out to general consumers, but I for one can’t wait to give it a try.


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