Sources said that the project is dubbed "EnergySense," and that the company Ecobee will supply the thermostats to Google. Google is alsorumored to be enlisting people to work as "Trusted Testers" in St. Louis, Missouri, where the program might be launched.
Google's obsession with home energy use is deep. A couple of years ago, the company launched a free energy monitoring tool called Google PowerMeter to raise awareness about the importance of tracking energy use.
It claimed that up to 15 percent of energy use can be reduced just by monitoring usage in homes. Unfortunately, the tool was closed in September of 2011 because its efforts have not scaled as quickly as Google wanted to.
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