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California to Control Thermostats

In the latest California nuttery, next year the state will have to power to control thermostats whenever they want.

Next year in California, state regulators are likely to have the emergency power to control individual thermostats, sending temperatures up or down through a radio-controlled device that will be required in new or substantially modified houses and buildings to manage electricity shortages.

It goes on to say the state would have the final say:

The changes would allow utilities to adjust customers’ preset temperatures when the price of electricity is soaring. Customers could override the utilities’ suggested temperatures. But in emergencies, the utilities could override customers’ wishes.

The article also raises an interesting point that the radio signal could be hacked.  However the company pushing this technology weighs in on this:

That is not possible, said Nicole Tam, a spokeswoman for PG&E who works with the pilot program in Stockton. Radio pages “are encrypted and encoded,” Tam said.

Yeah, right.  I certainly wouldn’t trust the state and this company’s word on this.  I am sure the technology can and will be hacked.  Just give it a little time.  This is another opening into our homes.

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