Home thermostats: Big Brother's next target? - Engadget As reported on Engadget, the state of California is considering whether or not to require a thermostat that they can control in times of need to raise or lower the temperature to help reduce load.
This sounds and means well, but won't work and is an invasion of what temperature I want my house set at. Don't get me wrong, we should be doing whatever we can to reduce our energy footprint, but if want my temperature set at a temperature, the government shouldn't set it for me. I have even installed a programmable thermostat to help us better manage the temperature in our house.
There are many reasons why I want a temperature set where I want it. For me, I have an elderly family member living with me and she needs the temperature a little higher in the winter and cooler in the summer. It just something she needs.
The temperature in our house should be managed by the homeowner, not the government. The government should be working to better develop the energy in the state so their is enough, not reducing or increasing the temperatures remotely.