Something Else To Obsess Over


We have left United Illuminating behind. Now Southern California Edison provides the juice.

I’m not very familiar with SCE, but California has had rolling blackouts in the past. That’s not an endorsement of careful planning and execution.

I took a look at the SCE website yesterday and discovered my electric meter phones home! As if enough of my life wasn’t already being monitored. More metadata.

The electric company knows when I’ve been sleeping. They know when I’m awake. They probably also know when I’ve been bad or good!

The graph at the top of this listing shows my hour-by-hour power usage for Saturday.

Seriously? Don’t I already have enough on my plate tracking every package sent my way?

I just closed my eyes and pictured myself as Gary Sinise in Apollo 13. You know, the scene where he’s in the simulator trying to save power by throwing switches in the right order.

SCE hopes if I see it as I use it, I’ll use less. They don’t care that I’ll also obsess. Grrrr.

2 thoughts on “Something Else To Obsess Over”

  1. When they see you using less, they will adjust your demand rate so you bill stays the same. That is one of their primary motivations for that precise tracking. They want you to use less so they don’t have to build more expensive power plants, but at the same time they need to keep their stock holders happy. The house ALWAYS wins.

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