Consumers look for computerized control of their home utilities

Just like many cars now come with computerized dashboards, many consumers say they would be open to a similar tool that helps them better monitor their energy use.

It's no secret that computers have taken over most everyone's life. (My wife has a smartphone and routinely "tweets," even during dinner. I'm personally still clinging to phone that flips open, even though it seems like not that long ago, this was cutting-edge).

But, it seems like many Americans want computers to govern new aspects of their life, even their home energy use, according to a new study. The poll, which was conducted by Harris Interactive, found that roughly 48 percent of Americans would be open to installing a computerized dashboard in their home that controls their thermostats, house humidifiers, air conditioners and other energy-saving devices.

What's interesting thing about the study's conclusion, is that it asked Americans whether they would want this type of device, even if it had to be actively managed, say in the same way as a manual thermostat. Still, some consumers indicated they're just fine with the way they current monitor their utility costs.

Twenty-one percent of the respondents said they were unlikely to install this type of advice. In addition, 31 percent said they were neither likely nor unlikely to install the device.

The report indicated that one possible reason so many consumers would be open to this type of futuristic device is that nearly 70 percent would prefer to manage their home energy use themselves. An additional 9 percent wanted no control in the process, saying that they would prefer this to be managed by their utility provider.

However, given recent reports we've covered on this blog, such as the one that found that oil companies may have been tinkering with oil meters, indicate that this might not be the best decision.

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