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Tech coalition to Obama: Set home energy info free
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 05 April 2010 18:00

From C/Net News

A group of consumer technology companies, including Google, General Electric, and Intel, on Monday urged President Obama to create policies that give consumers better access to home energy information.

In a letter, 47 companies and nongovernmental organizations said that making detailed data on electricity and fuel use available to consumers is a key step toward meeting national energy and environmental goals.

Google has developed an application called PowerMeter that can take home electricity information and display it on a Web browser or smart phone.
(Credit: Google)

Giving people "actionable information" through computers, smart phones, or in-home energy displays could "unleash the forces of innovation in home and business," according to the letter. If all U.S. households cut energy consumption by 15 percent over the next 10 years, the greenhouse gas reductions would be equivalent of taking 35 million cars off the road and save each customer $360 per year, or $46 billion.

Consumers should be able to see how electricity is consumed within the home, which will help them find ways to save energy. People should also have access to pricing information and find out the sources of their electricity supply, the letter said.              [More....] [Comments...]


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