Google's here to change the way you live and save you money
What does Google do with its spare jillions in loose change? It tries to save the world, dammit. And its latest work involves saving you money while saving the world. Double bonus points for Google, then.
Google.org is the division of the company devoted to giving something back to the earthlings that made it stinking rich and famous. Their latest project is called Google Powermeter, and it aims to help us use less energy in the home, which means less damage to both the environment and our bank accounts. It wants to sync electrical "smart meters" in homes with an iGoogle application that monitors energy consumption, meaning you can see online which appliances are gobbling up the most juice and use them more efficiently:
Note that Google employees earn extra income on the side by also appearing in Ocean Finance ads ("Thanks to Google, I consolidated all my debt into one affordable monthly sum and saved $3,000"). The system is still in private testing; there are already devices available in the UK allowing you to do this, but they lack the convenience of an online display reminding you to turn off all the lights at bedtime.