Letting someone else control your thermostat in a heat wave makes as much sense as letting someone else control your gun during a life and death threat.
U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Thousands of Xcel customers locked out of thermostats during ‘energy emergency’,” The Denver Channel reported Sept. 2. “Xcel confirmed … that 22,000 customers who had signed up for the Colorado AC Rewards program were locked out of their smart thermostats for hours on Tuesday.”
The lockout happened with temperatures in the 90s, with “some reporting home temperatures as high as 88 degrees.”
“It’s a voluntary program,” corporate flack Emmett Romine, vice president of customer solutions and innovation at Xcel protested in an obvious attempt to deflect and mitigate criticism. “Let’s remember that this is something that customers choose to be a part of based on the incentives.”