A post by Pat
If you’ve never heard of smart meters, be prepared. The Obama plan for our economic revival may put one in your house.
I’m not opposed to technological improvements to the infrastructure or against efficient energy usage. I’m certainly not against saving money on my utility bills by avoiding peak rates. What troubles me is that I can see where this is going. Carbon taxes. What is promoted as a helpful tool for the consumer will eventually be the helpful tool for the tax collector, not to mention Big Green Brother deciding to turn off your stove because you’ve had too many cups of tea today.
My energy decisions are between me and my utility company. What I do in the kitchen is none of the government’s business.
The details and cost of the so-called green jobs program are still unclear, but a senior Obama aide, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss a work in progress, said it probably would include the weatherizing of hundreds of thousands of homes, the installation of so-called smart meters to monitor and reduce home energy use, and billions of dollars in grants to state and local governments for mass transit and infrastructure projects.
Smart meters send gas and electric usage measurements directly to the utility company on a continuing basis. It’s part of a high tech “smart” future.
The rationale behind smart meters is simple â€“ by making it clear to consumers how much energy they are using and exactly what it is costing them, they are empowered to cut their usage and thus their bills.
After all, unless you can measure something you can’t be expected to accurately control it.
Utilities meanwhile, benefit from a two-way flow of data which enables them to manage use more efficiently and which will help them to solve one of the biggest bug-bears in the industry: estimated billing.
Read about the experience of having a smart meter in your home.
At 500, the meter is set to sound an alarm.
“I’ve become like one of Pavlov’s dogs â€” every time it bleeps I think I’m going to take one of those pans off the stove,” Brenda Marchant
And they’re happy about it. I think they are eco-lunatics but this is what we’d all have to live with.
I’m starting to feel a chill.