Power Meter Orb

Power Meter Orb

Jul 18, 2007

Out of town on business last week, we walked into the lobby of the office and ran into the PG & E ambient energy orb sitting on the receptionists desk. Curious, we took a closer look to see what is was all about.

The purpose of the orb is to provide a visual representation of the current load on the grid, manage demand and hopefully avoid brownouts. A red orb means that demand is high and turning off extraneous electronics immediately will help lower demand. A green orb indicates low demand. All you have to do to run the orb is to plug it into a wall outlet. Information is relayed via the 900 MHz broadcast spectrum and as soon as you plug it in, info is automatically received to inform you of the current energy demands. No internet connection or computer required.

Available for $149 here

Read more about it here

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