*I don't think that anything surprises me anymore. With so many homeowners
doing their own work without experience, insight or tools anything is
In several condo developments that I service there is a relay and control
box tied into the electric meter. It shuts the electric water heater off
during the day and turns it on at night and weekends. There is a button to
push that will heat the water for one hour during the day if needed.
Sometimes they go bad and I get a call. The power company no longer
supports this program. The customer has two choices. They can pay me (Or
another contractor) to remove it or contact the third party service company
that the power company has contracted to remove it. I give out the number
to the customer and let them decide. Most of the time they go with the
third party provider because it is free.
Some developments have a box tied into the A/C condenser outside which the
power company can cycle on and off during peak periods.
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