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Old 11-16-2011, 09:58 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Actually, we're about to take a step up to their next program, called Energy Guard...controllable by web and smartphone. Will post when we get it in with all the bells and whistles...I love fancy stuff!
not familiar, please elaborate.
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:12 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Is the Energy Guard related to Smart Meters? It says that: " As an Energy Guard user, you can see how much energy your home used today, an hour ago, or 15 minutes ago, via the Internet. See who or what may be consuming an unusually high volume of electricity – the AC, the water heater, or other electrical devices".
Energy Guard ? Get the Power to Protect Your Power

CPS Energy is looking for customers who want to be the first Energy Guard users in San Antonio. We’re looking for hundreds of participants to install the Energy Guard system in their home and be the first to realize the benefits of this energy-saving technology. If you qualify, you might enroll here:
http://www.cpsenergy.com/Energy_Guard/index.asp

Wireless devices placed on your air conditioner and water heater, combined with a new digital thermostat, communicate with an electric meter equipped with an internal communications gateway. This gateway is the brain of your Energy Guard, and it uses a wireless network to relay information between a CPS Energy data center and the system devices installed in your home. This secure and easy-to-use portal will separate and track the amount of electricity used by your air conditioner, your water heater, and, collectively, the rest of your home’s electrical devices (your lights, other appliances, etc.). A device also can be installed to monitor a pool pump, if you have one. This data is updated every 15 minutes and tracked continuously.

Looks like an interesting innovation, however I am not sure about the data collection every 15 minutes. It seems like hourly or every 2-3 hrs would be sufficient.
There is a health issue related to the wireless devices, because the exposure to microwave and radiowave radiation from these meters is involuntary and continuous. The transmitting meters most often being used transmit continuously, every few seconds. This is picked up by a receiver and logged by the utility. You are exposed to the transmissions from all the meters within transmitting range. The meters often have a range of over 2 miles. In some states investigations have been launched into the health risks associted with wireless smart meters.
World Health Organization classified non-ionizing radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”.

http://www.electricalpollution.com/smartmeters.html
http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2011/01...gai-81496.html
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