By "lower" I meant lower than another rate. Of course inflation and
possibly other things will push rates up, but by encouraging people to
use electricity during off-peak hours, everyone will save money
compared to the alternative rate, and compared to the alternative
system that we have now. .
The alternative exists now, when, in order to avoid brown-outs and
power failures, the electric companies have to have generating power
to supply almost everything at once, all the offices and factories
that run during the day and anyone at home running the oven, the
dryer, the AC.
If they can get some of that to be used during the evening and night,
and lower the peak demand (which I believe is on weekday afternoons)
they won't need so many electric plants, generators, etc.
It's like the situation of someone who has only one car and wants one
that carries 6 people for the times he has 5 other people, but usually
drives alone or with one other. He has to buy a much bigger car, use
much more gas all the time, just for those occasions when he has 4 or
5 people with him.
Well where I am most people have gas dryers so that's not going to help
much. BTW, the gas meters also have been modified to be read remotely as
I guess I could run the A/C at night when it's cool outside, and run the
pool pump at night when it doesn't do much good.
You want the chlorine (or other sanitizer) circulating through the
system during the day when the sun is hitting the pool. Algae grows
during daylight hours because it needs sun to grow.
The other advantages are:
a) it makes the pool warmer if you circulate the water during the day.
b) it's usually windier at night and that's when leaves and stuff blow
into the pool. You want to collect that stuff as quickly as possible
because when it decomposes it generates phosphates which algae feeds on.
It's worth pointing out that "filtering" is only part of what a pool
pump is involved in. It's also moving the water around so chemicals get
distributed and perhaps there's an inline chlorinator that some water is
On Thu, 24 Oct 2013 00:37:54 +0000 (UTC), DerbyDad03
I would just assume they were switching stuff around the grid and it
was a glitch like we see once a week or so all summer. I have anything
I really care about on a UPS. The only clock I have that blinks 1200
is on the coffee maker and we have never set that one, The rest are
either battery operated or have a backup battery.
I'm wondering if the same FCC rules concerning unlicensed low power
transmitters apply to smart meters? It's the part of the regulations
stating that the low power device may not interfere with licensed
equipment but must accept interference from other sources. I seem to
recall a printed insert in the box with all low power RF equipment I've
ever purchased. Perhaps a piece of experimental computer gear that just
happened to but not intentionally jams the smart meter signal could be a
great form of civil disobedience? ^_^
On 10/24/2013 12:29 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I got my First Class FCC license 35 years ago and did some broadcast
work but mostly two way radio. I often tracked down and mitigated a
lot of interference. A friend of mine, an engineer with the power
company communications division, often tracked down interference folks
claimed was from the power company equipment and he said most of what he
found was that the interference was caused by defective doorbell
transformers. So I must wonder what sort of smart meter terrorist
schemes I could come up with? ^_^
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