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The Interchange Recharged podcast: timing the grid to reduce emissions

Free software to automatically reduce the CO2 emissions from your energy usage

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If you were offered free software that would automatically reduce the CO2 emissions from your energy usage would you accept it? This week's guest, WattTime, found that 90% of survey participants said “yes” to that very same question. At the other end of the scale, only about 55% of Americans believe in climate change, according to a 2019 survey. New programs that help reduce emissions from domestic utilities can take time to deploy, and are could be more of a hassle than a benefit. WattTime wants to change that. That's why they have developed their Automatic Emissions Reduction Software that can be downloaded by any smart device.

In this week's episode, David sits down with Gavin McCormick, Founder and Executive Director of WattTime, a nonprofit tech company that uses the power of data to reduce emissions at the consumer level. Gavin holds a master's degree in Energy Economics from UC Berkeley and left his Ph.D. program to pursue his dreams of launching a start-up. Nine years later, WattTime has partnered with a range of companies, from your local utility companies to Google. Gavin has a goal to implement his AER technology into every IoT device to help significantly reduce emissions at home and beyond.

David explores and challenges WattTime's business model, and Gavin’s plans for staying as a non-profit. David asks how WattTime collects, analyzes, and shares the data they retrieve, and poses questions regarding WattTime's place in the net zero transition, as Gavin hopes to implement his software into every IoT device.

It’s a bold idea, and works at the consumer level, but is it scalable? And what’s next? Let’s find out.

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