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New Meters Could Help Conserve Energy

From: Pat Maxwell
Series: February 2007 - Isla Earth Radio Series
Length: 01:30

The EPA says that the average home produces more greenhouse gases than the average car.
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As the old cliche says, knowledge is power. And when it comes to conserving electricity, what you don't know can cost you a pretty penny. The EPA says that the average home produces more greenhouse gases than the average car. And while many people are committed to reducing their use of electricity, it's hard to track which appliances are gobbling up all those kilowatts. The standard meter isn't exactly illuminating. But that may be changing. Researchers are working on new meter designs and information systems that will transform your electricity meter into a "home energy dashboard." You?ll be able to pinpoint inefficient appliances by monitoring a panel in the kitchen. And if your kids leave a light on down in the basement, a quick glance at the panel will let you know that energy is being wasted. Energy conservation is a key objective for people who are concerned about the environment. This new technology can shed a little light on how you use electricity -- and empower you to save some cash on your utility bills.