For years our electric company sent me emails and snail mail about getting a new thermostat. They’d bring it to my house and install it for me. It was digital. It was new. It was super duper.
It also gave the electric company the ability to turn my thermostat up or down. So, coming home to a hot house on a summer day was the price you paid for this new, free electric company thermostat.
No thank you. I don’t want anyone to have the ability to alter my environment.
I opted out, which didn’t please them one bit, gauging from the number of email and brochures I continued to receive.
Then the electric company decided to start rating us by our electric usage. I got emails that read something like: Hey, Casa Ranney, you’re 75th in 100 homes in your subdivision. Bad Casa Ranney, bad.
I ignored them. I work from home. I’m not gone ten hours. I have the thermostat set on 76 and it’s not going higher.
Then the electric company started sending me voice mails. Hey, Casa Ranney, it’s going to be hot on Friday. Turn up your thermostat or do you want to be even lower in the rankings of your subdivision? Bad Casa Ranney, bad!!!
Today I received one voice mail and one email from the electric company. I have already opted out of every notification from them. That doesn’t matter. They’re going to tell me how bad I am and I’m going to attempt to ignore them, in between posting about them from time to time. 🙂
Bad, electric company, bad!