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  1. Carol Jean Krause said:

    This is so cool!I
    I may try it.

    at 2:08 pm on March 22, 2018
  2. Ben Schlichting said:

    I need to pick up a Nest Thermostat so we can take advantage of these systems. Definitely a good idea.

    at 2:12 pm on March 22, 2018
  3. Doug said:

    Cool technologies, but best way to save is still a combo of buying efficient products and good energy habits.

    at 2:13 pm on March 22, 2018
  4. Jack said:

    Very interesting.

    at 2:21 pm on March 22, 2018
  5. John said:

    I wonder how many things it can detect? Turn one light bulb on and it can notice that even if there are a lot of things are already on in our house? I’d know if my kids left the lights on up stairs?! Could it tell me if my outside motion light turned on? That would be pretty cool?

    at 2:42 pm on March 22, 2018
  6. James Koch said:

    Wish I could afford these things talked about in video

    at 3:12 pm on March 22, 2018
  7. barb said:

    Although not high tech – as we do not own an alexia, home nest, google etc; the possibility of having a device attached to our electrical box giving us the ability to monitor the culprits drawing the most electricity gives us a better picture of the devices we should consider replacing in the future.

    at 3:53 pm on March 22, 2018
  8. Bobbi Zehner said:

    Not interested in Alexa et al, but might give the app a try with my iPhone. Agree with comments from Barb (below).

    at 4:18 pm on March 22, 2018
  9. Mary Polancih said:

    And what can I did without a “smart” phone?

    at 4:20 pm on March 22, 2018
  10. Paul Miller said:

    The technology coming into our lives is truly amazing, and the engineers and inventors behind them are true innovators. As the owner of an older home, I can see how technologies such as in this video would impact our energy use and control of it. As with many other innovations, they will gradually gain greater acceptance and evolve into everyday necessities, and all new homes will have them. Retrofitting one’s home, at least at this time, can be a bit daunting, but there is a payback for going in that direction. Keep up the good work!

    at 5:32 pm on March 22, 2018
  11. Alan and Rona Lukazewski said:

    This teaches the importanc or measuring in order to manage electric use. We can benefit from such technology but would need to learn how to sync all the devices. We’re game! Let’s go!

    at 6:42 pm on March 22, 2018
  12. Jo Nord said:

    Food for thought. Thanks.

    at 7:59 pm on March 22, 2018
  13. Anita Faulkner said:

    I am interested in a thermostat that plays well with Alexa! And, those are some cool tumblers!

    at 11:16 pm on March 22, 2018
  14. Val said:

    I love the idea of a sense energy monitor. Are those available, and how expensive are they.? Not ready for Alexa or Nest yet.

    at 9:55 am on March 23, 2018
  15. Bonnie Orth said:

    I’ll check out the app!

    at 2:16 am on March 24, 2018
  16. Patty Keegan said:

    I have the nest thermostat and CO2 monitor it’s a great feeling to know my home is protected and I’m saving money on my energy bill!😊💕

    at 4:21 am on March 24, 2018
  17. KT Wolf said:

    I really have to thank you guys at MG&E! You sent me a Belkin outlet timer that turns a small appliance off after 30 minutes, 3 hours, or 6 hours. This not only let me turn off my plants’ grow-lights during the winter after a certain amount of time, but now it’s helping me with a SAFETY issue!

    I have a pretty bad memory, and while I was making maple syrup a few weeks ago, I forgot that my stove top was on. Forgot so completely, I left the house; four hours later, one of my neighbors came and found me and informed me that all of my smoke alarms were going off! It was pretty horrible smoke and one ruined pot, though thankfully there was no fire damage. But with that Belkin timer, I’ve found a way to be absolutely sure it doesn’t happen again.

    I bought a single-burner stove, plug it into the timer, and set it on 3 hours for a pot of sap that needs at least 3 hours to boil down by half (in other words, it would take 6 hours for it reach a point of burning up). I don’t leave the house on purpose while it’s boiling the sap, but if I DID forget and leave, it would shut off the burner long before anything bad happened.

    at 4:40 pm on March 25, 2018
  18. Carla Wright said:

    Are the sense units available for loan to a MGE customer?

    at 10:49 am on March 28, 2018
  19. Ross DePaola said:

    You can’t go wrong with products like a Nest thermostat. Amazingly easy to install and use. Note that Focus on Energy has a $75 rebate for smart T-stats. Also, check out places like COSTCO (if you’re a member) for current deals.

    at 11:02 am on March 28, 2018
  20. Ruth said:

    Love to tryout the sense energy monitor!

    at 8:46 pm on April 1, 2018
  21. Michelle Buerger said:

    It would be helpful to see which appliances are using the most energy.

    at 8:48 pm on April 4, 2018
  22. Cory said:

    I’d love to have sense in my home.

    at 8:29 am on April 9, 2018
  23. Lolita said:

    I find it interesting to add the device to monitor our electric use to see where most power is being used!! I also have the power surge that is controlled my Alexa which is so cool!

    at 2:30 pm on April 25, 2018

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