If you thought a law prohibiting swearing in bars was bad, how about the latest from California?? A proposed new law will require that all home thermostats have non-removable radio receivers in them so that officials can control your home thermostat from a central location.
State proposes to take control of home temps North County Times - North San Diego and Southwest Riverside County NewsState proposes to take control of home temps
By: BRADLEY J. FIKES - Staff Writer
California utilities would control the temperature of new homes and commercial buildings in emergencies with a radio-controlled thermostat, under a proposed state update to building energy efficiency standards.
Customers could not override the thermostats during "emergency events," according to the proposal, part of a 236-page revision to building standards. The document is scheduled to be considered by the California Energy Commission, a state agency, on Jan. 30.
The description does not provide any exception for health or safety concerns. It also does not define what are "emergency events."
Excerpts from the actual proposed law:
http://tinyurl.com/225htcCommunicating Capabilities. All PCTs shall be distributed with a non-removable Radio Data System (RDS) communications device that is compatible with the default statewide DR communications system , which can be used by utilities to send price and emergency signals. PCTs shall be capable of receiving and responding to the signals indicating price and emergency events as follows.
Emergency Events. Upon receiving an emergency signal, the PCT shall respond to commands contained in the emergency signal, including changing the setpoint by any number of degrees or to a specific temperature setpoint. The PCT shall not allow customer changes to thermostat settings during emergency events.
Big Brother is taking over your lives Californians… Title 24, Part 6 already dictates what appliances you are allowed to buy, what kind and how many windows you are allowed to have, what kind of roof you must install, and hundreds of other details of your home and business.