Do you want your utility company to be able to control your refrigerator? The EPA does. The agency is pushing for the manufacture of fridges that can be controlled remotely by bureaucrats at the power company. Of course, this is all in the name of controlling the climate.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has revised its Energy Star energy-efficiency requirements for residential refrigerators, and it is encouraging the inclusion of “connected” features that respond to utility signals to curb their energy consumption.
“The updated requirements raise the bar for energy efficiency in these products and, for the first time, encourage manufacturers of Energy Star appliances to include optional ‘connected’ features,” according to the EPA release.
The connection feature allow the utility provider to regulate the appliances’ power consumption, “including curtailing operations during more expensive peak demand times.”
Currently, consumers must give permission for their appliances to respond to utility signals.
Read the whole thing, it’s more of the same old creepy big brother crap we’ve become so accustomed to. For now they say this is in a pilot stage, but for how long.