Google PowerMeter is a free electricity usage monitoring tool that provides you with information on how much energy your home is consuming. Google PowerMeter receives information from utility smart meters and in-home energy management devices and visualizes this information for you on iGoogle (your personalized Google homepage). And, Google PowerMeter is free.
Studies show that being able to see your electricity usage in near real time, throughout the day, makes it easier to reduce it and save money. This sort of feedback requires either an advanced electricity meter, a “smart meter,” or a consumer-owned electricity management device, and many of today’s smart meters don’t display information to the consumer. Consumers should have access to data on their personal electricity use, control who gets to see this data and choose from a range of services to help them understand and benefit from this data. We’re working with federal and state governments to ensure our energy policies encourage consumer information; read our comments to the Department of Energy on smart grid investment in the stimulus, Edward Lu’s testimony to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and our comments to the California Public Utilities Commission and our joint statement with leading companies and NGOs. We hope that consumers will soon be empowered with an entire ecosystem of energy information products and services.
Google PowerMeter is a project of Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, which aspires to leverage the power of information and technology to address global challenges.