I knew these "smart meters" were tracking, how much and time of useage in real time, but now I wonder just what other information is being tracked and stored on electricity consumers.
And what will be done with that information???
Smart meters could become a 'spy in the home' by allowing social workers and health authorities to monitor households, adding to concern at Britain's surveillance society.Every step takes us a little bit closer.
The devices, which the government plans to install in every home by 2020, will also tell energy firms what sort of appliances are being used, allowing companies to target customers who do not reduce their energy consumption.
If you can pay the bill, why should you be targetted?
The devices also pave the way for a national 'smart grid', backed by David Cameron's Conservatives, which would use the data to manage national demand more efficiently and advise households when it is cheapest to switch on appliances.
Who exactly is going to advise households when it is cheapest to switch on appliances, and more importantly if you need to use an appliance when it is inadvisable to do so, what would the repercussions be?
In its impact assessment, however, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) says there "is theoretically scope... for using the smart metering communications infrastructure to enable a variety of other services, such as monitoring of vulnerable householders by health authorities or social services departments."It adds: "Information from smart meters could also make it possible for a supplier to determine when electricity or gas was being used in a property and, to a degree, the types of technology that were being used within the property.
Doretta Cocks, founder of the Campaign for Weekly Waste Collection, said: "This is Orwellian."
Why yes it is, and it get's even more Orwellian...
The DECC document adds households could even have their power to some appliances turned off remotely to help the national grid if there is too much demand. It says: "In terms of potentially intrusive non-physical behaviour unrelated to data, smart metering potentially offers scope for remote intervention
Remote Intervention! Hello, there it is, someone else can interfere with your home, your private energy consumption. Big Brother is watching, and controling.