Technology brings many cool features. Check out this video explaining the SMART grid. Technology also can be creepy, too. In the future, it will be possible for a technician in are far away power station to turn off your electrical appliances at will. Hmm. Sounds mighty big brother to me.
I imagine the following:
"You there, sitting on your couch!" shouts the remote voice, " due to energy conservation measures and presidential fitness mandates, your air conditioner and television will be turned off until you earn today's fitness points"
It is the perfect tool for the nanny state.