Japan seeks to remotely turn off private home air conditioners, report says

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Japan Today reports: As reported by Nihon Keizai Shimbun from Japan, at a meeting on November 2, the energy conservation subcommittee of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry decided to start working group discussions to achieve the ability to remotely turn off air conditioners/heating units. The aim would be to reduce power consumption during expected power shortages, which the committee says is a growing concern as Japan attempts to shift to renewable energy sources such as power. solar, where the amount generated can be affected by the day-to-day climate. making it difficult to stabilize the amount of total power available. The ministry says AC unit usage accounts for about 30% of household electricity consumption in Japan.

From a technical point of view, the plan would not be particularly difficult to implement. Japanese air conditioners have long had remote controls, so external inputs aren’t a problem, and many models now allow the owner to turn the system on and off or adjust temperature settings via the Internet. By asking manufacturers to extend this access to government regulators, and giving those bodies priority functions over other entries, the plan could easily be put into practice for internet-connected air conditioning units, and heaters. Water are another household appliance the committee is looking to win. the ability to slow down. […] According to Nihon Keizai Shimbun, the committee is currently working under the concept that the government could only deny air conditioning units if their individual owners have agreed, in advance, to grant this authority.

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