Monday, January 07, 2008

So Glad I Don't Live in California Anymore

This really seemed like an April Fools joke when I came across it. A proposed change to the building code in California which would give the authorities the power to control your thermostat during power crisis events: the proposed revisions to Title 24 is the requirement for what is called a "programmable communicating thermostat" or PCT. Every new home and every change to existing homes' central heating and air conditioning systems will required to be fitted with a PCT beginning next year following the issuance of the revision.  Each PCT will be fitted with a "non-removable " FM receiver that will allow the power authorities to increase your air conditioning temperature setpoint or decrease your heater temperature setpoint to any value they chose.  During "price events" those changes are limited to +/- four degrees F and you would be able to manually override the changes.  During "emergency events" the new setpoints can be whatever the power authority desires and you would not be able to alter them.

Egad. Socialism Communism, alive and well in the golden state.


lokki said...

There are so many ways around that technology, it's not even funny. Easiest would be to simply order a controller from out of state and replace it, thus becoming a dangerous criminal like J-walkers and folks who don't pull all the blinds while having sex.

But being the do-it-yourself kind of guy, I'd either build a Faraday cage or a spark-gap generator to screw with the signal.

But really, what will it solve? If folks can't get their thermostat to work the way they want, they'll just go get portable heaters or AC and create even bigger hazards and more energy use.

Another knee-jerk "we know better than you how to run your life because you must be stupid" political power move.

Michael said...

Scott said: "There are so many ways around that technology, it's not even funny."

Not only that, but once you defeat the technology and jack up your A/C full blast, who's to say that the electric company was not at fault for adjusting your thermostats improperly? It seems like you could put the big electric bill on them.