|NYSEG is launching the Energy Smart Community in large portions of Lansing, Dryden and Ithaca. This week we look at an energy future for consumers that will be up and running in Tompkins County this summer. Next week we'll look at how the new upgrades will better facilitate alternative power sources like solar and wind power generation.|
Huh? Following the link I found, "Enrollment will allow us to make brief, limited adjustments to your Wi-Fi thermostat during times of peak summer electric demand (May 1 through September 30)." My first thought was that the idea of a big utility company connecting to the Internet-connected thermostat in my home to control the temperature smacked of dystopian future scifi. Then I thought the future is now. Here is a way to save energy fairly automatically, without thinking about it, and saving money at the same time.
"There are people who want to do it all -- they want to change their thermostat and they want to feel in control -- they don't want to hand that over to someone else," says NYSEG Spokeswoman Susan Mann. "There are other people who say: don't make me think about this -- I don't care about it- this is not what I'm worried about. I have other, bigger things I need to worry about. Maybe it's meeting my rent, or whatever it is."