Going Green: Energy Monitoring

Many people are interested in “being green” in recent times. Whether it’s to avoid the impact technology has on the environment or to save money, many companies are following suit and looking into green tech and ways to save energy. When looking to conserve energy, one of the first things a company or individual must know is, what is consuming the most energy?

The CEATEC conference was held recently, just outside Tokyo Japan. During this conference, Toshiba and Intel announced plans to release new technology that helps monitors energy usage. With the conscientious turn the world is taking, it doesn’t come as a surprise that two major tech companies would have plans to develop something that gives transparency to energy consumption. The following is a brief synopsis of the ecologically aware features these two companies will be implementing in 2012.


Intel has created an application that allows PC users to monitor the energy consumption of their PC. The application has an easy-to-read dashboard that organizes the information into graphs, charts, and statistics, which make it very user-friendly.


Toshiba is using it’s recent purchase of Landish Gyr as part of its “smart home” offering. Landish Gyr specialize in smart-meters for homes. With this offering people can monitor the amount of energy consumed throughout their homes. Also on the agenda is the development of “green cloud” technologies for a number of different industries covering anything from city infrastructure to healthcare.

Japanese technology companies are currently highly dedicated to monitoring energy consumption. That being said, it is interesting that many companies in the US are pulling away from this. Microsoft and Google are just two examples. Microsoft announced in June that they’re discontinuing their energy-monitoring service called Hohm. While Google announced it is taking a break from the green game by shutting down Google Powermeter.

We will see what he future holds for the green technology world. It could head further in the direction of energy monitoring or turn to something different entirely. If you have any ideas or speculation on how technology companies will become greener; please share them with us.

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