Google PowerMeter Will Track Your Energy Use
Conserving energy can be simple (turning off the lights) or it can be more complicated (determining which appliances sap the most energy). For those who want to take energy conservation to the next level, quite a few tools are available: smart power strips, kilowatt-hour monitors, Energy Star appliances, and carbon calculators.
If your head is spinning, you're not alone. Luckily, the good folks at Google.org (Google's philanthropic branch) are working on a way to make all that sleuthing and calculating a whole lot easier, reports Green Wombat. Still in the prototype phase, the Google PowerMeter will allow you to view detailed information about your energy use with an easy-to-read graph on your iGoogle homepage. Tracking the energy footprint of each appliance will require "smart" energy meters. According to Google, 40 million smart meters are already in use, with 100 million more on the way. Google is advocating for the standardization of smart meters and for people to have the right to access to the information the meters provide. While you wait for this technology to mature, here are a few tips to help you save energy the old-fashioned way.