Paris Gives Out Free Kits to Measure and Reduce Consumption of Water and Electricity

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Considering the impact of smart energy meters on how we use electricity, Sami Grover has argued "it's clear that simple feedback mechanisms can have a huge impact on household behavior." Thinking the same thing, Paris has announced it will issue a free kit to monitor water and electricity use to anyone who requests one.

The kit, offered by the Parisian Climate Agency (APC), includes a watt meter and a flow meter. They're simple tools, and can only measure one device (like a television or air conditioner) or water source (a sink or shower, for example). But information is power, and the natural response to finding how much energy one uses - and pays for - is to wonder how to reduce that number.

That's why the free kit also includes a low-energy light bulb, a power strip, and a device for limiting water flow. To provide extra help, the APC offers access to counselors who can help individuals cut down, by phone, e-mail, or in person.

Putting simple technology in the hands of people will save them money and reduce the footprint of Paris as a whole. That's a good lesson for communities in the United States battling the adoption of smart meters.

Paris Gives Out Free Kits to Measure and Reduce Consumption of Water and Electricity
Parisians can now keep track of how much water and electricity they consume, to help them use less.

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