Power companies in Texas are remotely raising temperatures inside of some customers' homes amid the state's ongoing energy shortage.Houston resident Brandon English, whose home has an internet-connected smart thermostat installed, was shocked to learn of the practice after his wife and infant daughter "woke up sweating."
Speaking with KHOU 11, English stated that despite his wife turning down the temperature before taking a nap with their 3-year-old child, the temperature in their home rose significantly.
"They'd been asleep long enough that the house had already gotten to 78 degrees," English said. "So they woke up sweating."
English, who expressed concerns over the potential for his young child to overheat and dehydrate, said it wasn't long after that his wife received a text alert noting that the thermostat had been remotely altered during a three-hour "energy saving event."