Dec 17 2013, 12:39am CST | by Gene Ryan Briones
Google's intentions of invading the home do not just involve TVs. According to The Information, the technology giant is currently testing Internet-connected home thermostats to let users monitor and control energy usage.
Sources said that the project is dubbed "EnergySense," and that the company Ecobee will supply the thermostats to Google. Google is also rumored 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.
Source: The Information
Gene Ryan Briones
Gene Ryan Briones (Google+) is a technology journalist with a wide experience in writing about the latest trends in the technology industry, ranging from mobile technology, gadgets and robots, as well as computer hardware and software.
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