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Save energy
It's not a coincidence that I've been too busy to make a blog post for all of Q3. I've been hard at work on Google PowerMeter, which you can now get via our shiny new integration with The Energy Detective, an in-home monitoring device.

The device is $199, and to install it you need to fiddle with your breaker box. But once you have it, you can start tracking your energy usage, which (with PowerMeter's help) will let you use less energy. This will save you money, and save the atmosphere carbon emissions. (Not to mention all the fun you'll have demanding new features from my team.)

If you buy one and you live nearby, I'd be happy to install it for you, or at the very least take a look at your breaker panel and tell you if it will work or not.

About privacy
If you're curious, our team is absolutely rabid about keeping your data private and secure. E.g.:
  • Yes, your data is sent encrypted.
  • Yes, we use an anonymous key to link your account to your device and/or utility.
  • No we don't have your credit card number, your name, your address, your utility account number, or anything else identifying about you.
  • No, we don't want to sell your data.
  • No, we don't give any Google account information to anyone else. Devices and utilities can't figure out which Google account is yours even if they wanted to.
  • No, we don't correlate your energy usage with your search behavior or your use of any other Google product. Not only is that illegal in Europe, it's also a damned pain in the ass.
Happy energy saving!
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