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#69476 - 09/10/06 08:35 AM Load controller
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How does a load controller on a home work? We have the on-peak/off-peak hrs set up here on our meter.
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#69477 - 09/10/06 09:15 AM Re: Load controller
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Typically it is simply a time clock that shuts off power to certain appliances during peak usage hours.
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#69478 - 09/10/06 10:00 AM Re: Load controller
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The FPL controllers are addressible so they can turn off the selected loads whenever they like. They do try to do a rolling blackout of the loads so you are not without A/C or hot water for long (typically 30 minutes or less at a time)
My mom had it and she says she never really had a problem.
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#69479 - 09/11/06 06:35 PM Re: Load controller
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I have heard of it a number of ways.

One is with a cut rate off peak meter, which is activated through a pilot fed contactor, another just disables the loads on the normal metered service in peak times.

Recently, Toronto and some other cities have institused remote A/C disconnects, which turn off yours and many others A/C on radio command.

I have seen a load splitter, which allows you to selectivley feed a large heating load or other intermittent loads. It would give preference to the other loads, and disconnect the heater to let the other loads use the same power.

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#69480 - 09/12/06 05:54 AM Re: Load controller
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Concerning the FPL load controllers, I can say the system is completely transparent.
I have had it on my water heater and A/C for the last 15 years or so and have never noticed it's operation. I do notice the discount they give me on my power bill though.

{Edited, cuz I kant spel}

[This message has been edited by IanR (edited 09-12-2006).]

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