Google wants to change the way you think about electricity. The company is applying their mission to organize the world’s information to your home electricity bill. If you don’t know how much power each appliance uses, how will you be able to reduce your bill?
So they came up with PowerMeter, a device you clamp onto your main circuit breaker that feeds real time information to your computer. When you turn on the TV, do a load of laundry, or accidentially leave the toasater on, a chart showing your electricity usage spikes. Folks who had instant information about their power usage reduced their bill by 15 to 44 percent, according to a NY Times story on the device.
Google does not plan to charge for the device, but could collect valuable information about how we use electricity through the devices. I’m not so worried about other folks knowing when I run the dishwasher if it saves me a bundle. Now, to get PowerMeter on the market!