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google’s powermeter will save you money.

For an “internet company” Google is very active in the energy sector since they are one the largest consumers of electricity in the world. The Google foundation has already bank rolled a couple solar power companies and now is working with utility companies to create PowerMeter software to interface with “Smart Meters”, an advanced meter that has the ability to connect to the Internet and sync up with your appliances. Over the next 3 years over 40 million Americas will have a Smart Meters installed which is part of Obama Administration’s proposed stimulus package. It’s about time we start upgrading our electric grid infrastructure here in the U.S., its over 100 years old! Smart Meters will greatly improve energy efficiency because it can give you real time information about your energy usage, which can be a major factor in people changing their wasteful habits. PowerMeter is currently being beta tested by employees and is going to be free software for customers and utilities. What do you think about Google’s...

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Haunted by high energy costs?

I was on Google this morning and noticed right on their homepage, there was an interesting question asked to the millions of Google’s visitors, Haunted by high energy costs? Here are some easy ways to save. I just had to click through because I was very interested in what Google is doing to help others save energy. Google has created a “Halloween” themed energy savings calculator to help people visualize how much money they are wasting and pounds of CO2 are released being inefficient. I suppose this is a timely and fun way for people to start thinking about energy efficiency. There are many solar power consumers who I speak to that want to go solar but they are energy hogs, waste tremendous amounts of energy and the complain that solar panels are worthless technology because a system to eliminate their usage costs too much. It’s always more cost effective to reduce your bills by becoming more energy efficient then it is to produce energy. The best strategy is to reduce your usage then produce your own clean energy through solar panels or wind turbines. Go ahead, try out the Google Energy Auditor, don’t let high Energy prices spook you! You’ll be amazed to find out how much you can save every year. Let us know how it...

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