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Load controller #69476
09/10/06 11:35 AM
09/10/06 11:35 AM
aldav53  Offline OP
Joined: Aug 2001
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Chandler, AZ USA
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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Re: Load controller #69477
09/10/06 12:15 PM
09/10/06 12:15 PM
iwire  Offline
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Posts: 4,391
North Attleboro, MA USA
Typically it is simply a time clock that shuts off power to certain appliances during peak usage hours.

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Re: Load controller #69478
09/10/06 01:00 PM
09/10/06 01:00 PM
gfretwell  Offline

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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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Re: Load controller #69479
09/11/06 09:35 PM
09/11/06 09:35 PM
classicsat  Offline
Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 456
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.

Re: Load controller #69480
09/12/06 08:54 AM
09/12/06 08:54 AM
IanR  Offline
Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 328
Palm Bay FL USA
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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