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Smart power choice, powered by Google

10 June 2009

Mandakini Gahlot

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Residents of Mumbai, Delhi and Orissa in India will soon find out all they wanted to know about power consumption in their homes — tracking it online right down to the last unit with Google's Power Meter.

New Delhi: Does your air conditioner consume more power than your cooler? Do you use electricity if you leave your charger in its socket overnight?

The tool for this would be the PowerMeter — an online service that global web giant Google is planning to launch worldwide to help people make smart choices about energy consumption.

The company recently announced that it has entered into a partnership with eight power utilities across the world — Reliance Energy being one of them in India — to launch the PowerMeter.

Google PowerMeter can show people their electricity consumption on their home computer. 

“The software relies on smart meters as a data source. Over the past few months, we have been looking to partner with utilities that are installing this equipment in their customers’ homes. Our initial partners include utilities with millions of customers as well as smaller ones.” said a Google spokesperson.

In India, Reliance is already working on the smart meters. A partnership with Reliance will allow Google to access consumption details of approximately 6.2 million users once smart meters become popular.

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