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

by ecarlson (#28745239) Attached to: Consumers May Find Smart Appliances a Dumb Idea

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.

It is much easier to suggest solutions when you know nothing about the problem.