how much would you change?

Artwork by Aaron Piland
Artwork by Aaron Piland

What
if your electric company said they were going to help you get smart?  I
think mine is about to.  I could use the help right now.  I was part of
a focus group yesterday discussing energy, technology, conservation and
the like.  From what I gather my dear (read: monopoly) SoCal Edison is
looking into the feasibility of the Smart Meter.  What Ed is proposing
is a meter that is installed inside your home that can tell you in
real-time information what your electricity usage is and offer
financial information so you may opt to change your usage to cheaper
times of day.  It would also automatically tell them when your house
was experiencing a power outage.  So they could fix it of course. 
Maybe they will actually get to you before all the meat in the fridge
spoils next time.

SmartMeter
SmartMeter

Does
this sound big brother-ish to you?  Remember, you have a meter on your
home giving you (and them) your usage information already.  But this
would be IN your home.  For you to see.  For everyone to see.  Would
you feel the need to hang a cloth over the thing if a friend came over
and laundry was going at 2 o'clock in the afternoon in July and your
meter was spiking through the roof?

Personally I think we're pretty safe.  For now.  We don't have a
dishwasher.  Or a washer/dryer.  Or any major appliances that run on
electricity.  Other than the fridge.  I guess I could benefit from
knowing how much my usage spikes from me standing there staring at the
contents waiting for inspiration at lunchtime.  I'm guilty, I know. 
But we turn all the lights off all the time and we only run a small
space heater in the nursery and our bedroom during the hours we are
sleeping and only on the really cold nights.  It's something right?

I'm all for more information = more power but apparently Ed is still weighing the options.  Would it matter to you?

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