Google engineers have developed a software tool called Google PowerMeter, which will show consumers their home energy information almost in real time, right on their computer. The tool is currently available for testing to Googlers. But we're building partnerships with utilities and independent device manufacturers to gradually roll this out in pilot programs. Once we've had a chance to kick the tires, we'll make the tool more widely available, informs Google Blog.
This new tool may not sound very exciting, but it really could open up some wonderful possibilities. For example: Rick Sergel, chief executive of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation has said that dishwasher manufacturers have been putting in chips that let you choose the time you run it. This, when paired up with the tool, could analyze your power costs, and then find the optimal time to run it. For example, if power costs are discounted at 3am in the morning, the dishwasher will run then, saving you money. It could also tell the user how much money they saved by doing so. This prospect could go over to many power-dependent devices, such as smart cars. They take a lot of power to charge, and so PowerMeter could choose to run it at also the most cost efficient time.