Google makes smarter energy decisions

Google announced in San Francisco on Tuesday it would join forces with the growing“smart grid”movement. The term “smart grid” is the newly coined phrase within the electric business used in reference to new approaches involving more communications between utility operators and components of the grid, including power lines ,transformers, customer meters and even home appliances.

Smart Grid digital technologies seek to keep the electrical system on an even keel and reduce overall electrical energy consumption. Facing increasing demand for electric power, great minds and companies join together to develop alternative options to power plants.

The company has created and implemented a free web service named PowerMeter, which consumers can utilize to track consumed energy in their home or business. Google is currently searching for hardware manufacturers, to build devices to feed data into PowerMeter. The company hopes to begin introducing the service within the next few months.The object of the continuous project is to improve on energy decisions made. 

The current stimulus bill includes an allocated $4.4 billion for smart technologies. This includes $4 million for next-generation monitors, referred to as smart meters. Advocates for smart meters claim they have the capacity to use existing power lines more effectively ,and to simultaneously generate employment.

At this point, you may be asking yourself, “How is that?” Imagine a home appliance with the technology to inform you that it would save you money to run it at a different time of day, such as a washer or dryer. This technology is proposed to extend to items such as hybrid cars, which will use significant amounts of energy. The smart meters would have the capability to bill the smart car regardless of where it was plugged in to, by recognizing the vehicle no matter what its location. Brought to you by Blue Interactive Agency, your South Florida web design and interactive marketing solution.