Thanks to a major new initiative launched by Google and Current Cost, the leading global manufacturer of real-time displays (RTDs), UK householders will now be able to sign-up to Google PowerMeter, a free online tool that connects to Current Cost devices, enabling users to receive real-time energy information on their customised Google homepage, wherever they are.
“As a result of our landmark agreement with Google, users now have immediate and flexible access to information that will enable them to change their energy habits,” says Current Cost managing director, Martin Dix.
“Both parties are very excited about the new partnership which aims to empower people to cut energy wastage, reduce costs and reduce their carbon footprint.”
The ability to offer customers total flexibility with bespoke products has always been a key focus for Current Cost. Now, its featured device partner collaboration with Google will allow real-time data on how much energy is being consumed in the home to be sent directly to the Google PowerMeter.
This free software tool then visualises the information for users to view on their own iGoogle homepage, a personal web portal which enables individuals to create and access a wide range of customisable information, web feeds and Google Gadgets.
Current Cost’s engaging and interactive devices are already being used by well over a million domestic users in the UK and overseas. Leading the battle against energy waste and improving domestic energy efficiency as a whole remains a top priority for the technology specialist, reinforcing campaigns by the UK Government and associated bodies such as Act on CO2 and 10:10 that have also put the spotlight on reducing domestic energy wastage in the UK.
“As individuals, we all have a part to play to reduce our domestic energy wastage - and we can make a real difference,” says Dix. “Google and Current Cost are providing the tools and information to do the job.”
For more information on the Google PowerMeter and to register to pre-order Current Cost’s new EnviR, an innovative new energy reading device with advanced functionality, log on to www.currentcost.com
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Notes to EditorsCurrent Cost was founded in 2004 and is the UK’s most experienced manufacturer of real time displays for monitoring domestic electricity usage. The company continues to lead the market in innovation and was the first manufacturer to supply RTDs to the Top Six energy companies. Current Cost continues to lead the market in innovative RTD design and is the largest supplier worldwide, with over one million monitors installed to-date. C2 proprietary technology is found in all the company’s range of devices and is available in individual recognition plugs, standard meters and load management devices. The information gathered by the C2 software can be downloaded to a PC or as a part web application, so that households, housing associations and any other organisation can track improvement in energy efficiency and wastage reduction.
The Whiteoaks Consultancy