Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Measure, So You Can Improve

"What you cannot measure, you cannot improve".

Until recently, it was practically impossible to measure energy consumption. Kill-A-Watt was one of the first practical tools available. Still, it was pretty limited for it couldn't be used to continuously log the energy consumption (and it is being addressed), and it couldn't be used to measure the energy consumption for built-in or high consumption devices such as washers, dryers and HVACs.

Well, if you are concerned about your house energy consumption, it seems that your time is coming - Google is busy working on it. They've just announced the PowerMeter.

It will take some time. Currently, Google is building partnerships, and I'm sure we'll see tangible results soon.

UPDATE (2011/6/24): Google Power Meter is no more. Too bad.