Cornell Chronicle: Smart thermostats inadvertently strain electric power grids

Cornell Chronicle: Smart thermostats inadvertently strain electric power grids. “Smart thermostats – those inconspicuous wall devices that help homeowners govern electricity usage and save energy – may be falling into a dumb trap. Set by default to turn on before dawn, the smart thermostats unintentionally work in concert with other thermostats throughout neighborhoods and regions to prompting inadvertent, widespread energy-demand spikes on the grid.”

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