April 5, 2010
Posted: 06:00 PM ET
A coalition of tech companies, telecoms and environmental groups on Monday sent a letter to President Obama (PDF) on the subject of home energy efficiency.
The groups, which include Google, AT&T and 45 others, essentially make two points:
As for the info consumers should have access to, the groups say that to make smart decisions about how much energy to use and when to use it, people need to know the following:
With all of this information, people could save an average of $360 per person per year on energy bills, the group says.
Google and The Climate Group will co-host a talk on this subject on Tuesday at 1 p.m. in Washington. A Google blog post says the White House energy adviser, Carol Browner, will give a keynote address.
For people to be able to get data about how much energy they're using at any given time, what appliances are sucking it in, and how much the electricity costs at the moment, the U.S. will have to deploy a "smart" electricity grid, capable of tracking and transmitting all of this information.
And a number of roadblocks remain.
Some say smart grid technology is too expensive, as the Wall Street Journal reports. The blog earth2tech says some electricity companies may not make energy data available fast enough to really be that useful for consumers.
What do you think? Would knowing more about your electricity consumption - in real-time - help you slash your power bill?
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