COPENHAGEN – a report from Earth2Tech

Unleashing energy information within your home, and the use of gadgets and tools like Google’s PowerMeter, DIY Kyoto and Tendril’s energy dashboard just got a rallying call to action at the Copenhagen climate change negotiations going on this week. Google, GE, research firm The Climate Group and the National Resource Defense Council are calling for international governments to enable consumers to access real time energy information and say that energy information gadgets and tools could help consumers cut 15 percent off their energy bills through behavior change alone. The 45,000 attendees at the climate negotiations have a lot to think about right now — with the fisticuffs that happened Monday — but given research has shown that information technology can cut carbon emissions across sectors by 15 percent by 2020, these types of energy information tools can have a real impact in the near term.