'Smart' monitors come home

'Smart' monitors come home

There are 5 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Apr 24, 2010, titled 'Smart' monitors come home. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

When Mary and John Fahnlander heard in February that their utility, Lake Region Electric Cooperative, was offering a way to check their home energy usage on their computer every day instead of waiting for their monthly bill, they rushed to sign up.

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It does work

Tucson, AZ

#1 Apr 25, 2010
We have been doing for years in Arizona! And yes, it does make you cut back on usage. Amazing that this tool was built in Minnesota and you are now allowed access to use it. You will be surprised how much energy is used and wasted. Remember, turn the lights off when you leave the room.
The_jackle

United States

#2 Apr 26, 2010
I will never use anything like that, it's past invasive and bordering on controlling.
chaseday

Ottawa, Canada

#3 May 3, 2010
If only they were innovators. Mr Haas best look to see if the technology they use has been patented. They will notice that Mr. headlee not only is not on the Patent but has signed over the rights to another company. Odd he choose to continue to sell the solution. Good luck to those who purchased this they will be liable as well. Also notice that with errors on smart meters customers will see inaccurate readings almost 10% of the time and this system throws the errors out there giving an indication on some days no usage was reported and on others double the amount of usage was reported. It is hard to have confidence in a system when you don't know if the data is accurate or not. Garbage in Garbage out. Good Luck
It Does Work

Tucson, AZ

#4 May 4, 2010
The_jackle wrote:
I will never use anything like that, it's past invasive and bordering on controlling.
But you are the one who has the control. And they do not charge you, the customer, the outrages fees, like taxes, delivery fees etc. Do you realize that you actually pay a fee to have a bill sent to you? A lot of hidden fees. Why to you suppose Excel kept this in the dark for so long? Excel already knows how much energy you are using. And guess what, they can and do, bill you for your "projective use". Estimating on what you will use. All energy companies do this.
It Does Work

Tucson, AZ

#5 May 4, 2010
chaseday wrote:
If only they were innovators. Mr Haas best look to see if the technology they use has been patented. They will notice that Mr. headlee not only is not on the Patent but has signed over the rights to another company. Odd he choose to continue to sell the solution. Good luck to those who purchased this they will be liable as well. Also notice that with errors on smart meters customers will see inaccurate readings almost 10% of the time and this system throws the errors out there giving an indication on some days no usage was reported and on others double the amount of usage was reported. It is hard to have confidence in a system when you don't know if the data is accurate or not. Garbage in Garbage out. Good Luck
You control the box.

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