We’ve spoken before about the role of human factors in energy conservation. It looks like Google is taking a big step toward raising awareness of home energy usage from your desktop. With the installation of home energy meters, you may soon be able to track your own power usage:
Google PowerMeter, now in prototype, will receive information from utility smart meters and energy management devices and provide anyone who signs up access to her home electricity consumption right on her iGoogle homepage.
With all of this sensor aggregation comes issues of automation (again), the best ways to present data/visualization, ease interpretation, as well as issues of technology acceptance (e.g., privacy versus utility). It looks like we human factors people will be busy for a long time, thanks Google!