Google Could Help You Save Energy

As part of its deal with GE, Google is looking at creating tools that will help consumers understand their energy consumption

Google's mission is to organize the world's information—be it via search, e-mail, online maps, or mobile apps—but it could someday help you manage your daily energy consumption, too. At a speech at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco last week, Google (GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt said that as part of its recently announced collaboration with General Electric (GE), the search engine giant is currently looking at designing tools to help consumers understand their energy consumption. Google has also been actively looking at utilities' smart meter projects, he said, and at using its strong connection with consumers to play a role in consumer energy management.

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