Please give us the tools to measure our energy usage!

About 18 months ago I talked about how if we consumers had ways to monitor our electricity usage and other energy usage, we’d jump on the chance and perhaps as a nation, we’d save a ton of energy. Well, as usual I was right:

Here is a shocker: a study by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory of the Energy Department (PNNL) demonstrated that if you give people control and tools to monitor and adjust their electricity use, they use them. If everyone had these tools, it could eliminate the need for 30 large coal fired power plants and $70 billion in construction and infrastructure.

One thought on “Please give us the tools to measure our energy usage!

  1. Yeah, I miss the old spinny-wheel electric meters. You could get a feel for how quickly you were using power by the speed of the wheel (imprecise but still something). The new digital meters have nothing of the sort.

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