Can IBM help cut your energy bill?

“Imagine a future in which your electricity meter sends you an e-mail to alert you that your monthly power bill is over budget and then turns down the thermostat automatically.
It’s a future that’s not too far off for 300 households in Washington state and Oregon who’ve volunteered to test new “intelligent” power grid technology being developed by IBM, Whirlpool and the U.S. Department of Energy.”