Dan Paluska


Coming Soon: Google Your Electricity Use
February 18, 2009, 9:34 pm
Filed under: feedback, information, opensource

windmill from flickr.com/commons

Coming Soon: Google Your Electricity Use | Environment | AlterNet.

Soon you will access to your electricity use online. This will be great to be able to get this information in a more regular stream. Will it cause us to be better behaved? It seems inevitable that it will affect us both as individuals and as a society.

Are you worried about your electricity use vs your neighbors? Is this data you believe should be private? Will it work for you if you live in an apartment?
By having you electricity but not the impact of you other decisions, will you put overdue emphasis on electricity instead of gas, physical goods, food, etc?

I fundamentally agree with their motto. The Google Power Meter.
“If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it,” which they attribute to Lord Kelvin but I think the statement is probably a little bit bigger than that by now. It’s also important to remember that measurement does not always equal improvement but in this localized sense it is really powerful. The closer (time and space) the measurement is to the control inputs, the more likely you will be able to feedback effectively.

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