Would you sweat out a heatwave for $2.50 per hour?

July 14, 2009

Following up on yesterday’s story about Baltimore Gas & Electric’s program to install 2 million Obama-meters in homes, BG&E says that on peak days (i.e., very hot days when there’s a lot of demand for air conditioning), its Obama-meters helped…

… lots of customers cut power use [between 2p-7pm] to 30kwh from 40kwh… [earning a rebate of] $12.50 for that day,

according to a report in SmartGridToday.

So that works out to being paid $2.50 per hour to sweat at home — much less than the minimum wage, which is scheduled to rise to $7.25 per hour on July 24.

Of course, if you went to the shopping mall or visited neighbors with air conditioning on those days then it would be money-for-nothing.

Imagine if entire neighborhoods gathered in one air-conditioned house on “peak days” (house-pooling?) everyone could save $12.50, less the cover charge for the home in which everyone “pooled” to play that new board game, Cap and Charade.

One Response to “Would you sweat out a heatwave for $2.50 per hour?”

  1. johnnylucid Says:

    “House pooling” – now that’s funny! LOL.

    Only problem might be that IF the rent seeking pinata of Waxman-Markey (or some mutation thereof) is signed into law, some elected morons in local government WILL propose “house pooling” laws.

    I’ll lay even money that the County Council of Montgomery County, Md., will be the first. ;-)


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