Written by Alan Monday, 13 September 2010 08:00
Google PowerMeter is “a free energy monitoring tool that helps you save energy and money.” It allows you to track your home’s energy usage in multiple ways. You can see how much energy your using by day, week, and month. It can predict costs and track a budget.
It is compatible with partner energy providers and with partner device manufacturers. For a compete list of these you can click here. There are not a lot at this point, but more are coming on board all of the time.
It’s free to all users and, per Google,
Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful; Google PowerMeter’s goal is to give users access to their own energy information.
This seems to be the wave of the future. There are many stand-alone devices you can buy to track your energy usage – most do it one device at a time. But Google’s solution is whole-home, and that is really the best and most efficient method.