It should come as no surprise that someone is thinking about applying P2P technologies to household appliances. The [[gedankenexperiment]] (In the 12th grade I learned about Quantum Physics using this technique – If twins were separated at birth and one was put on a rocket that traveled at 1/2 the speed of light away from the earth…) of exploring what if scenarios is something I have always loved to do. 

samsungfridgeintroI postulated in 1996 that the reason we would put an IP address on a refrigerator was to provide 'point-of-use advertising.' To suade you to choose the milk and not the orange juice… …of course, it wasn't until 2008 that Samsung created a fridge with a built-in monitor.

But in this article about the Australian research agency developing the system of fridges negotiating with each other before they go into defrost cycles to even out power demand in a city. Fridges and freezers represent 16% of household power consumption – as much as household lighting and other appliances, so it makes sense to focus on improving their efficiency.

We will need to develop time-shifting power practices because it will be cheaper to move power demand (dishwasher and electric car recharge at 1 am, for example) than it will be to build more coal-fired plants or more nuclear plants.

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