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Texas ‘s utility company is remotely changing your thermostat, here’s why they’re allowed to do that

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Texans are finding out that the controversial utility company that seems to run the show actually has the power to remotely control thermostats without the initial acknowledgement of customers. According to the company, lots of customers have apparently previously signed on for the state’s energy saving program (which we’ve found does in fact go by various names.)

The program and the enrollment of such has given the company access to thermostats in the area even if customers didn’t immediately agree to do such. The company confirmed over the weekend that they’re raising temperatures around the state in homes in an effort to reduce AC consumption and electricity.

During summer peak energy demand days, we may briefly adjust your thermostat settings by a few degrees,” CPS Energy says on its website. “We’ll do this only as needed.”

Customers can stop this from happening by opting out of their rewards program online or by calling in and asking to be taken off of it. The company says though that by doing such customers will lose any rewards accrued and any further ones meant for their account.


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