Remember when setback thermostats were going to save us? Now it’s smart thermostats. From the Washington Times, EPA pushes for ‘smart thermostats’ as way to limit pollution
So now it’s not the mechanical clockwork thermostats that you moved the pins to set times and temperatures or even the newer electronic thermostats. Now it’s the smart thermostats you can access through wifi and your smart phone so you have a smart thermostat. And with this new technology we will save money, lives and the planet.
CHICAGO (AP) – The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made an impassioned push Thursday for homeowners to adopt Wi-Fi-enabled “smart thermostats” as a way to limit carbon pollution and improve public health.
Besides noting the devices save consumers money, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy cast the technology in grander terms, saying it offered an easy way for people to “stand up” and meet “our moral responsibility” to do something about the smog that leads to climate change, premature deaths and asthma attacks.
A new tech toy to replace the old new tech toys. The reason, not all people use their old tech toys. An now we just aren’t ending our dependence on foreign oil (with setback thermometers on our natural gas furnaces), we are saving lives and the planet as well as money. The idea that a political hack like McCarthy can make such ludicrous claims without challenge should be amazing. She can do it with such glittering generalizations. What makes anyone believe that the people who do not use set and forget setback thermostats will use their smartphone with any greater frequency over time?
Does anyone really think these devices are any smarter than the old ones? They do what they are programmed to do and nothing else.
In industry, some projects get audited against claims after implementation. If you are from the government you can keep recycling these tired old claims without fear of pre or post audit.
Maybe that’s why John is really getting rid of his Nokia phone, so he can save the planet with a smart phone and a smart thermostat.