Google unkilling penguins with new energy monitor service

28 October 2009

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Google have gotten all ‘philanthropic’ on our asses today with the UK launch of their new ‘PowerMeter’ electricity consumption contraption/service that we previewed earlier in the year. They claim they’re doing it save the planet and all of its innocent dying penguins, but doubts have been expressed over whether its just another way for them to clutch our personal data into their big Googly bosom. Who knows?

It works like this – the citizen (you for example) buys a self-installable AlertMe Energy kit and subscription (£69.00 for the hardware and then £2.99 per month). Then, hey presto, they can keep tabs on their energy consumption data on PowerMeter, as part of their iGoogle home page.

A link-up with the new breed of smart meters is also on its way. Research has shown that household energy bills fall by around 10% whenever consumers have more of a grasp on their energy use. Which is an enormous boon, and we’re always on the look out for enormous boons.

Google – saving the lives of penguins since 2009.

TOPICS:   Technology   Utilities

5 comments

  • Nobby
    Most people have a meter in their house. They just need to look at it. If you want some fun, flick your kettle on and watch the dials. Oooh, they're moving.
  • Doobie B.
    what a load of pish
  • Christopher
    "£69.00 for the hardware and then £2.99 per month" wha? however much you may be able to save with the knowledge this device affords you, you'll never make that much back, surely?
  • HanTot
    got a currentcost device similar to this, managed to knock 10% off my lecy bill which gives me about a 12 month pay back, this is £30 more expensive plus another £30 a year, with which with a 10% saving off my bill i'd never be able to get that cost back for this. drop the subscription fee and then maybe its worth it
  • Brian
    Business software heads for the clouds as Google beats Microsoft to LA deal http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/telecoms/article6894607.ece

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