The latest attempt: PCTs. These things go way beyond worthless florescents vs. incandescent light bulbs. Read the entire review:
California is re-tooling its state-wide standards for building energy efficiency. Some of the new regulations are wise, but the ones which are not move from being just draconian to bordering on futuristic, Orwellian society in which “love” is outlawed.
The latest brain-child birthed in the ivory towers from our environmental protecting overlords will seize control over your ability to adjust the temperature in your house to your choosing in the event of a power emergency during a heat wave.
Here’s the key line from the article:
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. In other words, the temperature of your home will no longer be yours to control. Your desires and needs can and will be overridden by the state of California through its public and private utility organizations. All this is for the common good, of course.
You folks laughing it up in Virginia or Georgia at how goofy California is just keep laughing. Remember, it starts here and slowly creeps eastward.
I’m curious if Steve has any positive comments? Should PCTs be a welcomed friend for our brave new environmental world?