Ever since Pat_S posted Stay Tuned — Cameras In Cable Boxes Watching You, I’ve been keeping an eye on my cable box.
Because I think it might be watching me.
Now, after reading the following article, I’m starting to watch my fridge.
Because I think it might be looking at me funny.
Regulation: No longer the stuff of science fiction, a little-noticed change in energy-efficiency requirements for appliances could lead to government controlling the power used in your home and how you set your thermostat.
In a seemingly innocuous revision of its Energy Star efficiency requirements announced June 27, the Environmental Protection Agency included an “optional” requirement for a “smart-grid” connection for customers to electronically connect their refrigerators or freezers with a utility provider….
So far, manufacturers are not required to include the feature, only “encouraged,” and consumers must still give permission to turn it on. But with the Obama administration’s renewed focus on fighting mythical climate change, we expect it to become mandatory to save the planet from the perils of keeping your beer too cold….
We’re reminded that former EPA director Carol Browner was a big fan of the smart grid and its potential ability to monitor and control power usage down to the thermostat in your home.
“Eventually,” she told U.S. News & World Report in 2009, “we can get to a system when an electric company will be able to hold back some of the power so that maybe your air-conditioner won’t operate at its peak.”
The same year, President Obama, who had won election on a pledge to “fundamentally transform America,” signed a stimulus bill to “transform the way we use energy” with a smart grid that would abandon “a grid of lines and wires that dates back to Thomas Edison — a grid that can’t support the demands of clean energy….”
For those of us who were not part of the Obamination hysteria in ’08, I know were all very concerned when we heard his promise to “fundamentally transform America.”
But I guess none of us knew, at the time, that it would also include drinking warm beer, like the Brits.
Pat_S post from 2008: Meet the Smart Meter