Search engine giant Google has launched a new feature on its PowerMeter application aimed at helping users improve their cheap energy efficiency.
Users of Google PowerMeter can now benefit from personalised energy savings recommendations, which give them advice about the best ways to improve their energy usage.
Google has also enhanced its PowerMeter energy graphs to show specific energy usage data at any given point in time using a pop-up display graphic. Users will also be awarded virtual badges depending on their energy-related accomplishments.
Ryan Falor, Google PowerMeter product manager, commented in an official blog posting: "Collecting badges is a fun way of keeping track of your accomplishments to reduce energy waste and save money.
"You might even strike up some friendly competition among family and friends to see who can collect the most badges the fastest."
Google launched the PowerMeter application in conjunction with a number of energy suppliers last year to enable users to view their home energy usage through an iGoogle gadget.
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