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Re: New Fridge - setting up monitoring
> "Robert Green" <robert_green1963@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>> Just got a new fridge, and I thought I would try monitoring operating
>> parameters with my home automation system. I 've got sensors for kWhs
>> ambient room temperature, freezer and refrigerator temps and the
>> of a sensor on the back of the unit. I was hoping this should give me
>> enough of a baseline to be able to detect "out of whack" conditions
>> they show up in a puddle on the floor or a failure to cool.
> We once had a cabin up on a mountain. On occasion, the power would go
> out and the refrigerator would let food thaw. When power returned, the
> only clue would be misshapen packages or a scent, so I wanted a
> sure-fire way to know not if there was a power failure, but whether a
> failure had affected the freezer and refrigerator contents.
> The solution was inexpensive: a high/low thermometer from Radio Shack.
> When we'd go to the cabin, I'd simply look at the high temp and
> instantly know if the power had been off and if damage had been done.
Hmm. Commercial coke machines, really just fancy refrigerators, already
come with onboard sensors and alarm systems, web page control consoles
for remote management, and modem (maybe even LAN by now) jacks. They
even Phone Home when they need refilling, or the cash box is full. It'd
be trivial for a manufacturer to add that to a home fridge. Probably
already on the 'to do' list for the smart power networks the tree
huggers keep pushing. Master Control up in the sky dials back the power
whenever the temp is within acceptable range, and it hasn't logged a
door opening in the last hour or something.
Another damn appliance smarter than the bipeds living there....
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