Tools and Tips: Power Down, Find a Job

Google announced a new service this week designed to help electricity users -- also known as "everyone" -- to monitor how much power they're using. The company is going to release the free Web-based software PowerMeter service later this year. The service will receive information from utility smart meters and energy management devices and show how much energy you're using on an iGoogle homepage. Many local electricity providers already offer "smart meter" technology to customers. The D.C.-metro area's main provider, Pepco, started a smart meter pilot program in July. In California, Pacific Gas and Electric plans to install more than 10 million by the end of 2011.

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Give Me Five, a partnership between American Express and Women Impacting Public Policy, is hosting online training sessions about doing business with the federal government. The archived podcasts and more information on upcoming events are available here.

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The U.S. Postal Service announced that it's raising the price of a first-class stamp to 44 cents May 11. Postcard stamps increase by 1 cent to 27 cents. Additionally, the first ounce of a large envelope increases 5 cents to 88 cents; the first ounce of a parcel increases 5 cents to $1.22, and new international postcard and letter prices are, for one ounce, 75 cents to Canada; 79 cents to Mexico; and 98 cents to other parts of the globe.

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YesCircle, a D.C.-based peer-networking group for entrepreneurs and small business owners, has started a regional job board.

By Sharon McLoone |  February 11, 2009; 1:51 PM ET Tools and Tips
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