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My utility company now offers a rebate and a rate reduction if you install a WiFi-enabled thermostat and enroll in their demand management program. Presumably this allows them to avoid the accidentally-synchronized smart thermostat problem.
by asdf on Sun Jul 17th, 2022 at 04:06:16 AM EST
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No anti-5G protests against the installations?

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by gmoke on Mon Jul 18th, 2022 at 01:49:49 PM EST
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Not yet, it has not registered on the locals. In the Denver area, Xcel announced a time-of-use rate structure and got pushback based on the argument that it is a disguised rate increase.

Colorado Springs is weird, though. We have no problems with radiation detectors on light poles "because the bad guys might try to smuggle in a nuke" but then complain about traffic speed cameras on those same poles "because it's the government trying to make money from the citizen patriots." One advantage is we have a city-owned municipal power system which keeps the commies out.

by asdf on Mon Jul 18th, 2022 at 06:28:36 PM EST
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Colorado Springs, oh Christian nationalists.  Did they gather there to take over the USAF Academy or was it just an unexpected benefit?

PS:  I live in Cambridge, MA which is so much less "liberal" than its reputation, much like the cow college (Hereford) based here.

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by gmoke on Tue Jul 19th, 2022 at 10:01:41 PM EST
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The reputation of Colorado Springs is skewed similarly to Cambridge.

Obviously we have the headquarters of a bunch of Christofascist organizations, and a lot of people have serious cases of religion, and there is a little church in every strip mall, but, surprisingly, by their own rating system the city is considered "unchurched."

The reason is the climate. Everybody is so focused on hiking and rafting and walking their dogs and blasting around in their SUVs and going to coffee shops that there is not a lot of energy left over for church. It is easy to simply avoid the whole thing.

It is nothing compared to the South, where the tacit assumption is that everybody is a Southern Baptist.

by asdf on Wed Jul 20th, 2022 at 01:02:45 AM EST
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