Speaking only for my household, we will not sacrifice our liberty for saving a few dollars. My liberal neighbor (who moved to Texas from Nashua, NH and refuses to assimilate to our values and cultures) is all in favor of these evil devices. An Obama supporter, he also has one of those silly COEXIST bumper stickers on his car. That tells me everything worth knowing about these intrusive things.
My in-laws lived in Nashua for a time, I hear you
People hear this kind of talk and instantly think granola cruncher, but this is quite American in that it cuts the legs out from under huge monied interests that have had their way with American consumers for far too long.
You should make your own power if you are serious about that.