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Google’s PowerMeter Project: For When The Web’s Data Is Not Enough
February 12, 2009, 8:23 am
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Google has announced its plan to help consumers gain better information about their personal electricity usage.

The plan, which is listed on Google’s philanthropic website, promotes the adoption of smart electricity meters in homes across the world.

These smart meters are better than regular meters because they can provide detailed information about usage rates throughout the day, theoretically letting consumers make smarter decisions about when to leave the lights on or when to run the dryer.

The search giant is using its weight to bring data online that currently exists in a very offline realm. 

More: http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/02/10/googles-powermeter-project-for-when-the-webs-data-is-not-enough/

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I am an electrical engineer and I have studied energy consumption. Well, it’s more useful to have a differential tariff corresponding to peek on off peak hours.
For example energy is more expensive at peak times (lets say 6am – 8am and 7pm – 10pm). So don’t use the washing machine at those times, use it on Saturday at 1pm when it is cheaper.
Differentiated tariffs are more useful than the smart meter from Google. It’s just another way of making publicity in my opinion.

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