How to Use The Google Smart Meter in Texas

Google PowerMeter DeviceGoogle PowerMeter is a free energy monitoring tool that helps you save energy and money. Using energy information provided by your Texas electric utility smart meters and energy monitoring devices, Google PowerMeter enables you to view your home’s energy consumption from anywhere online.

Benefits of Google PowerMeter

  • Find What Devices and Appliances Are Always on
  • Predict Your Energy Costs
  • Plug in Your Fixed Electric Rate per kWh to customize your data
  • View How Others Have Used Google Power Meter
  • Track Energy Usage Over Days, Weeks, and Months

You will be able to quickly see patterns of electric usage during certain times of day and pinpoint what devices are using most of your energy. You may have never even thought about what appliances in your home causes you to spend the most on your electricity but the data available from Google smart meter will allow you to plan and budget to plan how you use your energy and how to lower costs.

Even if you are not the type of person to budget nd plan the Google Smart meter application that is available online keeps track of all the data for you. The application even automatically creates the graphs and shows you the patterns for where you can save the most money.

This online application is perfect for me and considering Oncor electric utility which is agressively impleneting smart electric meters in their service area is my utility I will not have to wait long to use this app.

If you are in the Dallas Fort Worth area chances are you already have a smart electric meter installed by Oncor Electric Delivery. If so I encourage you to go to the link below and sign up with Googles application.

http://www.google.com/powermeter/about/about.html

One of the neatest things about the Google smart meter app is the dark green area of their chart. The dark green area shows you what applianxes in your house are always on. Many people do not realize it in Texas but many of the appliances we use suck energy out of the electric outlet even when you turn off the device.

The Google Power meter will help you pinpoint those devies and retrofit the outlet or device so that it no longer takes energy from your usage while not being used. If you do not want to spend money on retrofits you can atleast begin unplugging those devices from the wall as an alternative.

If nothing else this app is very cool and interesting to play around with and review even if decide not to implement in changes in your electricity usage consumption and behavior.

Oncor is not currently listed as a PowerMeter partner but you can easily purchase a cheap device to use with this application in correspondence with your smart meter. Below are a couple of devices that can be purchased that are compatible with the Google PowerMeter application.

http://www.currentcost.com/powermeter/

http://www.theenergydetective.com/store/

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Software Director at Whitefence starts a New Electric Company

A new Texas electric provider that has been appearing in advertising on google’s ad network as well as on the power to choose website is a company by the name of Bounce Energy. This electric provider is located at 2802 Albany in Houston Texas. They started business in Texas May 2008. Robbie Wright is the Director of Bounce Energy and was previously the Senior Vice President of customer experience at WhiteFence. From his work background he appears to have been involved in their software side of the business in large part considering their business model is based almost completely on online sign ups for essential utility services. Robbie still acts as a consultant for WhiteFence which is a company that works with several electric companies in controlling their electric service sign ups on the internet.

New Electric Provider in Texas

After having a succesfull run at Whitefence Robbie has ventured into starting a bonafied retail electric provider in Texas and with a history in the software mechanisms that organize and keep track of electric service customers this may be the right fit for him in this competitive market. Since Bounce Energy is less then a year old we do not have very much information available as far as their ability to provide accurate timely billing and historically low fixed electric rates. We wish Bounce Energy well in their new business venture in the retail electric market and are interested to see how they compare to other Texas electric rates.

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