Is Your Thermostat a Spy?

Is Your Thermostat a Spy?
Feds Use Power Grid
to Control Energy Use

Maintain your privacy Imagine what you see on the TV when a hurricane is about to hit. Fist fights at Lowe’s for the last piece of plywood, riots at the grocery store for supplies that are all but gone already, long lines and rising tempers at gas stations.

Picture all those unprepared people caught flat-footed, wasting precious time scratching and fighting for basic supplies. See all this in your minds’ eye for a moment, because that is exactly what happens in a crisis, and it’s exactly where we’re headed.

Credible estimates suggest that 175 or more coal fired power plants are to be shut down from 2013 to 2016, removing from the market 27 gigawatts of electricity – enough to power 27 million homes. Quite a stretch for the power grid, especially given the shortage of replacement power plants scheduled to come on line.

This is probably the biggest non-story-story in decades. And not a whole lot of people have noticed. At least not yet.

“Smart Meters” Designed to Watch
and Control Your Energy Use

Hooked into a uniform national power grid, smart meters have the potential to monitor, report, and yes, make preset decisions based on their bureaucratic programming to shut down individual appliances in millions of homes simultaneously.

Smart meters are intended to eventually work with “smart appliances,” that can actually be disabled by the “smart grid” if it detects that you are using “too much” power. To the naïve, these so-called “smart meters” are a true marvel of engineering. To Washington control freaks and green energy planners, smart meters are dream-come-true – an ideal tool for imposing strict green social controls over individual freedoms.

Picture it. Grid micromanagement from the same people who pride themselves in hectoring small businesses. The same bureaucrats who send in the authorities to shut down a child’s lemonade stand. The same political control freaks who distain Constitutional gun rights and scoff at individualism. The same mega-nannies on steroids who want to ban soda pop.

Oh, yes, smart meters are the gleam in the eye of environmental bossers. Think of it, a shiny new federally-funded and designed smart grid. A public sector trillion dollar PLUS gold rush of high-tech crony capitalists, and a central planner’s dream – a chance to gain total control over millions’ use of home energy using an advanced power management device.

One capable of extremely close oversight and control of energy usage in large numbers of private homes simultaneously. Smart meters are already part of a little publicized $4.5 billion government “pilot” grant program for “voluntary” installations. Some utility companies are already fining customers who are refusing installation. In some communities (Naperville, IL for one), police are dispatched to enforce smart meter installations when customers balk.

Here’s What You Can Do
to Protect Your Privacy
and Establish an Off-the-Grid
Power Reserve

Most alternative sources of energy are either too expensive, inaccessible, or just too noisy in an emergency. If the U.S. Power Grid takes a hit, war breaks out, or any other form of destructive social chaos endures, a noisy gasoline generator just won’t do. You’ll need a quiet and discreet source of power to ensure your residence doesn’t become a looting zone. If anyone near can hear your generator, then they will soon know that you have a way of preventing all your food from going bad. And that you probably have ice too.

Now, imagine a scenario in which the power is out for weeks, not days. In a prolonged blackout, a noisy generator could make your home the first target of the desperate people and bad elements that tend to come out of the woodwork in national emergencies. A noisy generator could actually lead to your demise!

Of course, there are some very expensive natural gas generators on the market that are quieter than their gasoline counterparts, but access to fuel remains an issue and so does maintenance. Remember, the more moving parts there are to your power backup system, the more you have to run it to keep it in good operating order. It is critical that you be able to conceal the fact that you and your family have power in an emergency situation. Diesel-, gasoline- and natural gas-powered generators are noisy – and in some cases, emit as much sound as a running lawn mower, or worse. Having a silent generator will eliminate this risk.