Mike Chino

Google Debuts PowerMeter Energy Monitoring Tool

by , 02/10/09

google powermeter, google energy monitoring software, green design, energy efficiency, household energy monitoring software

From joule-counting energy jars to twittering power monitors we’ve got power meters on the brain as of late, what with the upcoming Greener Gadgets Conference and Design Competition. Proving that great minds really do think alike, we’re excited to hear that Google is getting into the energy-saving act with their recently debuted PowerMeter. The application will collect information from utility meters and energy monitors and provide easy access to energy statistics right from your iGoogle homepage.

With the global energy crisis mounting and energy efficiency on everybody’s minds, we’re presented with a conundrum – how can we start saving energy if we can’t quantify our current consumption? Fortunately there’s a variety of products out there that will monitor your household energy use, and now Google’s new PowerMeter offers a powerful way to track, analyze, and make sense of the data. The web-based application will provide real-time data on energy use, making it easy to track energy-saving behavior. You can even share data to strike up a bit of healthy competition among your friends and neighbors.

The new service will be rolling out over the next few months, although Google has not teamed up with any hardware manufacturers as of yet.

+ Google PowerMeter

Via The New York Times

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5 Comments

  1. mike29 January 9, 2011 at 3:50 am

    cannot clear out why do this powermeter is required.. we use work examiner monitoring software (http://workexaminer.com) and it works nice..

  2. Silvaneus August 27, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    The most interesting thing about Google PowerMeter is how much you don’t need it. It is pretty much just a free software available for other manufacturers devices. There are better options for software out there even, such as techtoniq. Alot of the energy monitors don’t even need software, it is just a bonus feature. I got most of my information from http://www.forwardenergysolutions.com so I figure I should give them credit

  3. cheoelleon February 21, 2009 at 12:56 am

    I’m all for energy and lots of it!!! Use all you want as long as it’s clean and renewable. The electricity that they are selling us is on an out dated grid and we are at their mercy. Thus the need for energy conservation.
    The problem with letting them monitor our every watt is that eventually monitoring will turn into control. They will want to stop you from using certain things during peak loads. (ex:flushing toilets in Austrailia, or watering your lawn in L.A.) Maybe they wont let you use your major appliances during specific times. Eventually they will decide they don’t like other things you do. Then it will have went from monitoring to control and censorship. Beware of what you ask for. The answer isnt to monitor and regulate our energy. It is to stop depending on sources that are controlled, outdated, and limited just to fatten someones pockets. Make energy sources like the sunlight available to everyone. There is enough sunlight poured down on earth in one minute to provide enough power for all the planets energy demands for a year. And best of all it’s free!

  4. CNT Energy February 10, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    I help run a real-time pricing program in Illinois that allows residential customers use the market prices for electricity. Using a technology like this where you can easily see your usage in conjunction with the current price of electricity and the cost savings potential is even greater.

    Check out our program at http://www.powersmartpricing.org. The only one of its kind. Follow us here: http://www.powersmartpricing.blogspot.com

  5. erwinvw February 10, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    The idea is great and will certainly work. But what I do not like is that Google knows everyting about you at the end. What do you search, read, where do you live, your work, where you go on vacation, who do you call, send mail, and now also where you are at the present time.

    There are plenty of options for viewing and mapping your energy. Without the intervention of your energy supplier our Google.
    Why not improve your entire view of consumption such as gas, water and electricity.
    Without the interference of Google and energy companies using the information for their own purpose.

    Soon, Google becomes the energy supplier?

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