OCTOBER 10, 2009
PEPCO'S PITCH TO GAIN CONTROL OF HOME COMFORT
THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE IS STRICTLY THE OPINION OF CARDINAL AIR SERVICES. WE RECOMMEND THAT
READERS VISIT Pepco TO FORM AN INDEPENDENT VIEW.
We live in a quickly
changing society today and technology is hard to keep up with. One of the emerging concerns of today's
society regarding the topic of personal comfort is the evolution of technology in relation to heating and
cooling systems. Once only considered in large business buildings it is becoming more common in the residential
sector. So, is it a good thing or is it something that should be left alone?
Currently, in Maryland, Pepco is offering a program to its
customers called Energywise. In short, Energywise is a program that involves the installation of home
thermostats by Pepco. These thermostats and DCUs communicate via radio signals and
will shut down the compressor during periods of high energy demand on the power grid. Should a customer choose
to sign up for this program they, in return, will receive savings associated with the
We would strongly discourage the acceptance and use of
this technology for some very basic reasons.
· However well meaning this
program is we have not seen any solid information as to how long exactly your compressor would be cycled
This could leave customers without cooling ability for extended periods of time.
· It is likely
that programs such as these will become less of a choice if a wide base of customers began to opt
into similar programs.
. In the event that this becomes more
and more prevalent across the country the possibility that government could gain some authority over the
operation of one’s personal home system becomes a concern.
Pepco also makes some
claims that are not necessarily correct, such as the following excerpt taken from their
"When Energy Wise
Rewards conservation periods occur, cool air continues to be circulated throughout your home by the air conditioner
fan. The cycling option you choose determines how long your air conditioner compressor will rest during each Energy
Wise Rewards conservation period."
The fact is that cool air will not
continue to circulate if your system compressor has been shut down. While your fan will continue to circulate
air...it is unconditioned b/c the compressor is no longer able to remove the heat from the air crossing the indoor
In summary, we believe that this is one
area where control should always be in the "hands" of the consumer. Most Americans will limit the use of their home
system simply b/c they are paying the bill. There are too many factors that are not covered in detail
regarding this plan. We will see the true response of this plan only when those individuals who have signed up have
their air conditioning system turned off when it is 90 degrees outside. The implementing of technologies such as
Smartgrid and Energywise is, in the opinion of Cardinal Air Services, not a good use for such
technologies b/c as with most things that seem well intentioned it could possibly lead to others issues which
limit the freedom of Americans.
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