March 4, 2010
Wonder how much energy leaving your laptop plugged in could be wasting? Google took a step to try and help by announcing the launch of Google Powermeter API on Google Code. Google PowerMeter is a free software tool that allows you to view your home’s energy consumption.
Here are a few points to explain how this initiative works:
- In order to save energy you need to know how much energy you are spending. While your power company definitely lets you know the answer to “How much ” in your energy bill you may need some additional intelligence on which devices consume the most and if you have left.
- Smart power monitoring devices allow you to monitor and in some cases control your devices over the Internet.
- Google PowerMeter is partnering with utility companies and device manufacturers to enable people to not only see their power consumption but also discuss this in their social networks.
- This Google PowerMeter API will allow device manufacturers to build home energy monitoring devices that work with Google PowerMeter.
So what does this mean? Developers and engineers can now create products that integrate with the PowerMeter API and track energy consumption online. PowerMeter plays into Google’s quest to organize everyone’s information – this time energy consumption information. Google has locked down some PowerMeter partners and device partners include AlertMe in the U.K. and TED 5000 from Energy, Inc in the U.S. The NYTimes and Read Write Web also offered their takes on the new energy API.
Personally, I would like to create an application that generates a Power-Rockstar badge for people who save the most energy during a given period of time. The application would then share the news socially via the Web, similar to FourSquare. If you want to see how much energy you are consuming the old fashioned way, go the EPA.gov website.
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