appIf Google has it’s way, there will be an app platform which will allow users to monitor their home’s energy use. This would mean that you could view your energy usage stats in real-time from practically any device. This idea isn’t new. As a Christian who cares about God’s creation (environment) I have looked at many ways to make my house more ‘green’. There are several ways to do this sort of thing nowadays, but the limitation is you cannot view the information on your computer (as far as I know). One such product is made by Black and Decker.

The advantage to doing this for Google would likely be in storing the information for searches – or some other money making endeavor. The advantage to the public would be that you could (and gov’t officials will argue that you will be more likely to make) energy efficient choices at home. This would allow the infrastructure for electricity to service more customers without being upgraded, saving money for both power companies and governments. Additionally, less power consumption per person would allow the government to show progress toward meeting its stated goals of decreasing per capita energy usage and pollution.

It sounds like a win-win situation. As a Christian who cares about God’s creation (environment) I want to reduce pollution. But, sometimes rates go up in response to lower profits for energy companies. I’m reserving judgment on this idea until I have more information.

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