Big Brother to switch off your fridge: Power giants to make millions – but you must pay for ‘sinister’ technology

  • Computer chips will take control of home appliances when energy is low
  • Sensors will detect spikes in demand for power and when grid struggles to meet it, will temporarily shut off appliances
  • Can shut down supply without warning – or your consent

What is being planned for Australia with the E3 looking at mandating ‘Smart Appliance’ Interfaces for Air Conditioners, Water Heaters and other Appliances is also being played out around the world.

In the UK there have been serious criticisms leveled against the plan.

Viktor Sundberg, energy strategy manager at Electrolux, warned: ‘This is Big Brother technology on a grand scale. The device inside the fridge or freezer will automatically change the way the appliance operates in response to the output of the grid.

‘This method of shutting down household appliances could to be carried out almost instantly, saving the energy companies millions because they won’t have to start up the turbines or pay huge industrial companies to cut production. Consumers are not benefiting at all and will be left paying more when they buy the appliances, as well as having their private goods controlled by outside forces.’

Read the entire article here: Big brother to switch fridge off – Power giants to make millions

It is currently estimated that the E3 Program will yield a cumulative economic benefit to Australia of AUD$22.4 billion1 by 2024. Of course where is the 22.4 billion$ coming from? I think it is safe to say it will be coming out of the consumers pockets which is you and me. The smart meter roll out was also supposed to provide benefits to the community but we are yet to witness a single one, instead we are faced with increased bills and billing errors. It is therefore very likely that the E3 program will be another smoke and mirrors affair with the industry being the only one who benefits.

1 http://www.energyrating.gov.au/programs/e3-program/

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10 Responses to Big Brother to switch off your fridge: Power giants to make millions – but you must pay for ‘sinister’ technology

  1. icouldahad says:

    The people who makes these appliances must be drooling with anticipation at all the money they think they’re going to make. How does any government expect its entire population to be able to afford these new appliances? More subsidies paid by the taxpayer? I think of what Margaret Thatcher said, “Eventually socialism runs out of other people’s money.”
    Governments are not thinking. There’s a world-wide economic crash coming but they keep on acting as if everything is just fine.
    Going off the grid is sounding better and better.

  2. Informed Choice says:

    Privacy is something I take very seriously and like many others, I will not compromise it. There are just way too many concerns with this technology… I wont be spied on or have my health and that of my family jeopardised.

  3. Simon says:

    So True!,with all of the above comments.(I certainly not will be accepting a “fart meter”,(oops,a smart meter).They can stick the smart meter and their evil agenda where the sun doesn’t shine.

  4. Eric says:

    The relationship with distributors has now become untennable. Going off the grid is the future.

    • Freddie says:

      I completely agree with you Eric. Just recently I visited someone who lives off the electricity grid and was amazed at how comfortable and warm the house actually was! It is not that hard to do and the cost will depend on how much electricity you actually want to produce. It is important to first question the need for each and every electrical appliance one has in the home. The only obstacle to overcome is our own fear!

  5. 1vimana1 says:

    Dear Readers,
    Keep your old fridge and or airconditioner and or washing machine etc. as long as you can. If it breaks down as mine had once in twenty years get it repaired as I did, it’s still going strong. If you must buy a new electrical appliance make sure it does not have a microchip in it which will allow these MAFIOSA LIKE foreign owned electric power companies to cut off your electric power when it suits them.

    These GREEDY SCOUNDRELS of the five foreign owned Electric Power Companies will keep on trying to GOUGE you in every way possible. Don’t forget to lock up your Electric Power Boxes with an Industrial Padlock as I have done, and keep your $167,000:00 LEGAL Anti Trespass Notices firmly displayed on your Electric Meter Boxes and on your front fences or gates. Attach these firmly so they cannot be ripped off. Also display these signs in your front Lounge Windows or any windows the Smart Meter Man (not so smart meters actually) must bypass to reach your Electric Meter Box. With these signs erected no one should even enter your property unless they have your legal and written permission or you can LEGALLY Sue Every One of Them.

  6. Gerald says:

    Here it comes, folks – the deeper agendas. The only way these appliances can talk to the grid and be controlled is via your Smart Meter. Don’t allow one to be installed on your property.

    The appliances might cost more, but if you don’t have a smart meter, at least they cannot communicate with the grid.

    For those who have a Smart Meter installed, I look forward to services that will no doubt pop up that will disable the chips in the appliances for consumers. It should be fairly straight forward, and I would be surprised if it were deemed illegal to de-activate the chips – that would be almost an impossible legislation to pass. Sure, the chip will be built in so that the device will not power up if the chip is disabled, so we need services or technicians who can bypass them properly for us. It will happen.

    My wife and I are currently locked up, signs up and fighting UE. We’ve placed a 24hr IR security camera right on top of the meter box.

  7. Robert G Scott says:

    For too long we have been reliant on governments and now power companies to supply our needs for electricity. Lets face it , living in the modern world now requires a stable source of electricity. It’s time to start generating our own and the home handy man can do this with a little help and guidance. Solar panels, storage batteries, charge controllers & inverters have never been cheaper as long as the installation work is carried out by the house holder and it’s not complicated or difficult. People will do this for you at a price so beware going down this track.

  8. Anonymous says:

    They can only shut down your appliances if you let them.
    Just don’t buy an appliance with this stupid technology in the first place.
    If (when?) they all are stupid appliances, then there will be plenty of information available on the internet (Google, YouTube, etc.) on how to remove or bypass the wireless control circuits so they can’t turn the appliances off from their ivory towers.
    They think are good, but we are better and stronger.

  9. Pam says:

    Big Brother can go jump. I will not be forced into anything I don’t want – end of Story. Look forward to other Comments. Pam

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