New device on utility poles can adjus...

New device on utility poles can adjust your thermostat

There are 41 comments on the The York Daily Record story from Mar 24, 2011, titled New device on utility poles can adjust your thermostat. In it, The York Daily Record reports that:

Michael Betancourt of Tri-M Electrical Construction of Kennett Square installs equipment on a utility pole in West Manchester Township Thursday, allowing Met-Ed to change thermostats for EasyGreen program participants during heavy power use periods over the summer.

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megafly

Inglewood, CA

#1 Mar 24, 2011
everything always starts out temporary or voluntary, then its always changed by some bureaucrat. Hear is the future....this will be popular so they will make a special office that will run this operation, then they will expand and new folks will sign up for the perks, then they will state this is now mandatory and they will beef up the office, then they will enact enforcement and they will prosecute if you dont go along with it till they drive by your home to check if you are complying, after this its all enforcement, they will drive by your home and use a big microwave gun to cook you inside of your home if you are not obeying there commands.

Since: Feb 08

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#2 Mar 24, 2011
Let me see if I have this right...

I'm expecting to save only $40.00 for the year, less than three dollars each month. So I still have to pay a high bill.

And...

My air conditioner might be pegged at 81 degrees for most of the day.

According to the article if I run fans I won't notice it. So I'll buy some fans (more than the $40.00 saved for the entire year) and I'll plug in the fans and pay for more than three dollars worth of electricity.

Did I get this right? When can I sign up? I can't wait to pay more each month to be uncorfortable in my own home while having to yell over the sound of bees in my living room.
DARK STAR

Mount Wolf, PA

#3 Mar 24, 2011
megafly wrote:
everything always starts out temporary or voluntary, then its always changed by some bureaucrat. Here is the future....this will be popular so they will make a special office that will run this operation, then they will expand and new folks will sign up for the perks, then they will state this is now mandatory and they will beef up the office, then they will enact enforcement and they will prosecute if you dont go along with it till they drive by your home to check if you are complying, after this its all enforcement, they will drive by your home and use a big microwave gun to cook you inside of your home if you are not obeying their commands.
That's an excellent point !
1948 Olympic Rifle Team

York, PA

#4 Mar 24, 2011
Huh, seems as though I have found another excellent use for my 'sniper rifle', other than protection from intruders. Just how large/small are those new electric pole boxes. Depending, may have to do a bit more practice at the rifle range and have my catrats removed.
WOW

Hanover, PA

#5 Mar 24, 2011
If you read the so called "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009" - it's in there! Read the language, it gives the Department of Energy too much power.
XPocono388

Ephrata, PA

#6 Mar 24, 2011
I really wish people would READ the articles before posting. Better yet, COMPREHEND what they read before posting. The article stated that you can save $40, plus receive a $50 gift card (40+50=90). If you add your pool pump, you would save a little more than $40. Also, you would lower your electric use during peak hours for ADDITIONAL savings. So it's not just a savings of $40 for the year, it's actually more than that.
Dr Mengele

Mount Wolf, PA

#7 Mar 24, 2011
I don't like this at all.Install a box in my house.I don't think so.If i'm not home I can turn on and off with a timer.I don't need another intrusion on my privacy,or freedom to control my home enviroment.Next Big Brother will make it mandatory when I can feel comfortable in my own home.Gov ernment and big bussiness already intrudes too much.Like your Giant bonus card? I do but I'm sure all that data is stored somewhere.Someone knows what kind of junkfood I eat,can that be used against me in the future byan insurance company? What if I buy the wrong $hiit paper will that come back to haunt me?
Hometown Girl

Thompsontown, PA

#8 Mar 24, 2011
I am not signing up neither but it has nothing to do with the government - you people crack me up!!!
Bubba

Shrewsbury, PA

#9 Mar 24, 2011
XPocono388 wrote:
I really wish people would READ the articles before posting. Better yet, COMPREHEND what they read before posting. The article stated that you can save $40, plus receive a $50 gift card (40+50=90). If you add your pool pump, you would save a little more than $40. Also, you would lower your electric use during peak hours for ADDITIONAL savings. So it's not just a savings of $40 for the year, it's actually more than that.
Xpocono, as you can see people's preconceived opinions are not going to be swayed by actual facts.
They use this all the time in Florida & Arizona, the AC would be off no more than 30 minutes at a time. Most people don't even notice it. These are the same people who complain about high electric bills. It is voluntary, you can try it, get some money & if you don't like it you can quit. But NooOOoOO let's live in fear of everything out there.
Fear & paranoia will continue rein in Pennsylvania, it is a wonder they have computers invading their privacy in their houses. ha ha
peace

York, PA

#10 Mar 24, 2011
Computer Steve wrote:
Let me see if I have this right...
I'm expecting to save only $40.00 for the year, less than three dollars each month. So I still have to pay a high bill.
And...
My air conditioner might be pegged at 81 degrees for most of the day.
According to the article if I run fans I won't notice it. So I'll buy some fans (more than the $40.00 saved for the entire year) and I'll plug in the fans and pay for more than three dollars worth of electricity.
Did I get this right? When can I sign up? I can't wait to pay more each month to be uncorfortable in my own home while having to yell over the sound of bees in my living room.
you know it. my neighbor was first to sign up. they came to my house 3 times. i can not wait until it is 100 outside and they cut his power and my house is nice and cool at 68.
bush is best

Middletown, PA

#11 Mar 24, 2011
Part of Obama's plan to socialize the USA
Selfish much

Red Lion, PA

#12 Mar 24, 2011
Fossil fuels won't last forever........it's not all about YOU.
Wouldn't you like your great grandchildren to have the option of having the luxury of AC?!??
I signed up.
DAE

York, PA

#13 Mar 24, 2011
Sheeple must learn how to program their own thermostats...
Realist

Stewartstown, PA

#14 Mar 24, 2011
You people really make me laugh... do you really think the energy company wants to sell less electricity or give you a break on your bill to install a piece of equipment that costs them money? This is your planet and soon it will be your children's planet. Rights come with responsibilities and it is past time for americans to pay for all their irresponsible "liberties"
Smarter than you

Stewartstown, PA

#15 Mar 24, 2011
DAE wrote:
Sheeple must learn how to program their own thermostats...
Not everyone has programmable thermostats or central AC for that matter...oh mighty Shepherd.
No Are You

Huntingdon Valley, PA

#16 Mar 24, 2011
Selfish much wrote:
Fossil fuels won't last forever........it's not all about YOU.
Wouldn't you like your great grandchildren to have the option of having the luxury of AC?!??
I signed up.
Instead of being concerned if they will have AC, lets be concerned about the debt we are laying at their feet!
Realist

Stewartstown, PA

#17 Mar 24, 2011
No Are You wrote:
<quoted text>Instead of being concerned if they will have AC, lets be concerned about the debt we are laying at their feet!
Debt is not real. Money is just a means of control and will not save our planet
No Are YOU

Huntingdon Valley, PA

#18 Mar 24, 2011
Realist wrote:
<quoted text>
Debt is not real. Money is just a means of control and will not save our planet
So you can't lose your house, car, or other possesions because of debt? Debt can't effect weather or not you can purchase any of these things? So what you are saying is that this whole financial crisis is imaginary? Thats good to know, I guess money is not real either huh?
No Are YOU

Huntingdon Valley, PA

#19 Mar 24, 2011
Selfish much wrote:
Fossil fuels won't last forever........it's not all about YOU.
Wouldn't you like your great grandchildren to have the option of having the luxury of AC?!??
I signed up.
You do also relize that we have only used about 2% of the worlds oil supply right? It will take thousands of years to burn through oil, and thats not including coal and natural gas!
Not buying it

York, PA

#20 Mar 25, 2011
If MetEd is really serious about shedding peak load, they should offer their customers free conversions to natural gas water heaters and dryers.

Why should I suffer in the heat so that my neighbors can come home from work, turn their thermostats down to 65 degrees, put a roast in the electric oven, and take a long hot shower?

This plan is the thin edge of the wedge. Once implemented, homeowners will be stewing in their homes while the Gonorrhea Mall remains a chilly 65 degrees.

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