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Comment Why do the appliances need to be smart? (Score 2, Insightful) 347

My house is on a peak/off-peak schedule, with the peak rate being based on highest demand during the peak hours, which are at specific hours of the day, with a set summer and a set winter (rest of the year) schedule. We have a demand control computer that limits the peak demand during on-peak hours. It monitors the rate of consumption, and it has direct control of the water heater, and X-10 control of the heating and air-conditioning to limit the peak amount used, but only during on-peak periods. We do our own time-based control of the rest of the appliances, like we don't do laundry or run the dishwasher during peak hours, etc. It doesn't require smart appliances.

Comment Re:Sweet Linus (Score 1) 360

Well, at home my primary monitor is on the right and at work, it's on the left. That seems odd though now that I mention it.

Until I recently added a 3rd monitor at work, I had just the opposite. I had the primary on the right at work and on the left at home. At work, my primary is now in the middle.

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