The Green Button initiative was developed to provide consumers with data on their individual energy usage in an easy to understand format. The program comes from a 2012 White House call to action to provide electricity customers with a better understanding of how to manage energy usage. With the Green Button program, consumers can download their energy usage by clicking a literal green button on the utility providers’ websites. Armed with these details, consumers can securely and easily evaluate their energy usage and hopefully reduce costs too.In June of 2011, the White House published A Policy Framework for the 21stCentury Grid that encouraged the development and adoption of policies to help consumers “save energy, ensure privacy, and shrink bills.”  The Green Button is now available for electricity, for natural gas, and for water.