Paris Gives Free Kits to Help Monitor Watt/Water Consumption

By Alex Davies, TreeHugger

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.

 

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26 comments

Warren Webber
Warren Webberabout a year ago

Live long and prosper

Tanya W.
Tanya W.2 years ago

Way to go Paris.

Teresa Garcia
Teresa GarcĂ­a3 years ago

Excellent!

Rose NoFWDSPLZ
Rose Becke3 years ago

great idea

heather g.
heather g.3 years ago

What a huge difference in the way govt officials behave in France, compared to those in the US and Canada.
Democratic choice has been put on the back-burner in Canada. If you voice your opinion about oil-pollution from oil-pipelines or tankers or you are against the pollution and virus infection resulting from fish-farms, or you oppose the much hated smart meters, you are called all sorts of unsavoury names by our PM.

heather g.
heather g.3 years ago

What a huge difference in the way govt officials behave in France, compared to those in the US and Canada.
Democratic choice has been put on the back-burner in Canada. If you voice your opinion about oil-pollution from oil-pipelines or tankers or you are against the pollution and virus infection resulting from fish-farms, or you oppose the much hated smart meters, you are called all sorts of unsavoury names by our PM.

Monica D.
Monica D.3 years ago

Good idea. They should also be shutting down fossil-fired and nuclear power plants.

Barb Mann
Barb Mann3 years ago

"Information is power"......so true! People would use less enery and water if they knew how much they were using! Bring it to the US!

Sam M.
Sam E M.3 years ago

What a great idea and example to follow, and I love that photo. :)

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley3 years ago

Sounds like an excellent idea.
I don't suppose the US will be issuing any watt/water consumption monitors--it would be more like our "representatives" to make them mandatory, tax the hell out of them, then stick us with monitors that are broken, and hold us responsible for them.
Oh, our ever-resourceful criminal representatives!