Originally Posted by BucEyedPea
We have a government already targeting light bulbs, toilets, washing machines and other everyday items for Americans why not your microwave—even if just to show how much it's in use. Remember there's a crusade against carbon emissions. Why wouldn't the govt want to put a chip in at least, to show when their in use?
Ah, I see you're migrating. You specifically said cameras. They take pictures and video, by the way.
If you are thinking about actual kWH usage, that's already being done. Check out Zigbee and how it is used in in demand response or other curtailment programs. Also check out AMI and the scary electric meters they use. You've almost certainly got one on the side of your home.