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steel 02-19-2007 07:15 PM

Automatic load control
 
I am on a load management billing from my electric company. No matter what I have tried, I cannot get my bills to come down. The kWh are easy enough to cut down on, but unfortunately the driving force behind the load based billing is the kW max for the month. This is next to impossible to cut down on (especially because I have an electric water heater).

The electric company used to provide automatic load controls for people in my situation, but they have discontinued the program that supplied these.

Does anyone have nay idea where I can find one of these? I have been told they are also refered to as load misers. I have tried everywhere I could think of, but nobody seems to make or sell these anymore.

Any information would be helpful.

redline 02-22-2007 06:59 PM

How old is the water heater?
Do you flush it twice a year?

steel 02-22-2007 07:35 PM

I bought the house almost two years ago and I was told it was a new tank. It has been flushed quite a few times, so I would say it gets flushed at least twice a year. I have a well and a softener and for a while I had problems with the softener. I flush the HW tank every time I have to work on the softener.

joed 02-23-2007 05:40 PM

The simplest thing to do would be to put the water heater on a timer so it only operates overnight or during the day when you are not home using other electric power.


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