Google is currently testing a new gadget that will take information from devices such as smart meters, (which are advanced meters that identify consumption in more detail than a conventional meter) collect it and make it more easily available.
Many smart meters do not display consumption information to the user but the Google Power Meter prototype is designed to receive such information and provide access to it via the user’s iGoogle homepage.
Google aims to allow users to make better energy decisions and hopes to work with as many utility companies as possible to deliver the technology for free to anyone with a smart meter.
There could be potential opportunities to use Google’s service to celebrate the most efficient houses, businesses or streets in Kent which could be supported by a blog? If you cannot measure it, then how will you improve?
Photo of a house and metre reading by Google.
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