Power companies manipulate smart thermostats in Texas to raise the temperature by 4 degrees
Power providers are tampering with their customers’ thermostats in Texas to increase the temperature of their homes.
Although it was eclipsed by the great snowfall suffered in our country, in February there was also an unusual cold wave in Texas that caused significant damage to the electricity grid, with cuts that affected homes and industry. They have not yet fully recovered from the huge damage and the consequences are seen in an unexpected way in some homes.
No one will be surprised to learn that Texas is a state where it is usually too hot and on hotter days the power companies run at high power. But, after everything that happened months ago, this year citizens have been asked to slightly increase the temperature of the thermostats, at least up to 25º at the hottest time of the day.
The problem is that there are companies that do not even leave this option to some clients and are Manipulating Google Nest Smart Thermostats Remotely at times of greatest demand.
This tampering with the thermostats exclusively affects customers who have contracted a service to do the “intelligent power distribution“Because of the advantages it has, such as a discount on the monthly bill, a gift of the Nest smart thermostat and access to raffles. But there is something in the fine print of the contract that many surely did not expect.
According USA Today, in the same contract it is reported that the company may increase the temperature without prior notice “up to four degrees“in the period of greatest demand. Theoretically, this activity is carried out with the aim of supplying all citizens who need electricity and controlling the peaks that exist as much as possible.
With climate change the temperature has risen markedly and suppliers are looking for solutions that may have long seemed dystopian and that above all they will affect those who have contracted the cheapest plans. It is the first time we have seen this practice, but we cannot rule out that it will spread to more places.