Lets build a $5 web based power meter and break open our usage to those with solutions to our antiquated grid and lifestyles.
This is a great start=> Real-time Web Based Household Power Usage Monitor
And here's a leading commercial product => TED
The device can serve residences, organizations, and communities trying to understand and reduce their energy use. .
The data will be hosted online so it can be audited by 3rd parties. The data might be hosted by Google's Power Meter
and 3rd parties may gain access to market their energy savings solutions; such as, a new refrigerator, heating system, or efficient lights, etc.
Why do it? well the utilities are not going to... (they're old and slow moving) and the smart grid is a hoax.... and it should be kinda fun to show up the expensive, commercial products available.
Would you like to collaborate on a potential disruptive product?