We all know it saves money and reduces our carbon footprint to turn our TV off standby, turn our heating down by 1 degree and switch to energy efficient light bulbs.
However, it’s even more rewarding to know exactly how much electricity you are using and saving. Studies show that simply knowing your household’s personal energy information could save you 5–15% on your monthly bill because you are empowered to make the right changes.
Knowledge really is power!
If just six households saved 10% on their electricity, that would reduce carbon emission as much as taking one car off the roads!
Google’s intention is to create a future where access to personal electricity information helps everyone reduce their household energy usage with the development of their Google PowerMeter.
Google are currently working with utility partners in the US, India and Canada with plans to expand the scheme later this year.
They are developing a software tool that will enable householders to monitor their electricity usage in real time on their Google homepage. In addition, their vision includes the ability to utilise energy in your home in most efficient way possible by the press of a button.
Watch this space for developments!
What about you? Have you used a power meter such as the OWL or Wattson to check your household electricity consumption – did you find it useful?
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