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  • Toni

    There’s an intersection here with Texas deregulation. As Prof. Mead previously wrote, Texans now choose which electric power company provides their juice, separate from the company which gets it to their homes. Texas also allows the power cos. to offer lower rates during non-peak hours. Under these plans, if you want to buy a timer and set your dishes and clothes to wash at 2 a.m., you can do so cheaper than if you did your washing at 6 p.m.

    Maybe the Nest’s creators will add a model that signals your dishwasher and washing machine to start at 2 a.m. This is how private innovation and properly designed (de)regulation can feed on each other.

  • Bill

    Prediction: these will be out-lawed because the current government and its regulatory agencies do not like it when taxpayers have the right to choose for themselves. Instead, I predict the EPA mandate that all US homes must have a new thermostat, pre-set by the Thermostat regulating Czar at temperatures the central government deems appropriate.

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