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It isn't just physical equipment.

  • May 13, 2022 received an email from my power company assuring us that all is well they have plenty of capacity and even reserves to meet the hottest weather demands.
  • June 23, 2022 received an email from my power company telling us they will be shutting off the power to the interruptible customers up to 30 minutes per hour for 1/3 of the day. "As a reminder, your air conditioning cycling will be limited to no more than eight hours in a 24-hour period and no more than 30 minutes per hour. You'll know that your service has been interrupted when the red light on your device is lit."
Ha!!

When we moved into our “new” place about 3+ years ago, I started receiving notices from the power company explaining that the previous owners (a very elderly couple) had signed up for a “money-saving” program which allowed the power company to remotely turn off their air conditioners during peak usage periods, typically the hottest days of the year. The reason being to reduce stress on the grid.

Eventually they called asking permission to continue doing this, explaining that all the hardware was already in place. I asked how much money would be saved by continuing this program. They said at the end of the calendar year, they would give us a $20 energy credit. I replied, “You’re joking, right? So you want us to go without air conditioning for hours at a time on the hottest days of the year, the days we need the air conditioning more than ever, and you are only offering us $20 on our January bill?!?” I laughed and said no way.

I had an electrician here shortly thereafter for other reasons, and had him remove all the controller hardware from the three a/c units.

Are you enrolled in a similar program that allows them to throttle your usage?
 

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We've been receiving the, "you are using more electric than your neighbors" notices with each bill for about 3 months now. Just added an AC window unit so we'll see how that goes. They also don't take into account that I added a workshop and none of my neighbors have one!
Why in the world are they sharing this info? It’s none of your business how much electricity your neighbors are using. Shame on them.
 

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They show an "average" so since it doesn't contain "specific" info about their bills it's OK to share. I don't know which ones are higher or lower than my usage.
I still think that’s wrong. And a bit creepy. “We’re watching your consumption. Your neighbors aren’t using as much electricity as you do. What are you up to?”

Tell them you think the neighbors are stealing your electricity. 😂
 

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That was my reaction at first. Then I finally came to the realization that it's just a game to try to sell you "energy saving" projects such as new windows, new appliances, or whatever. If you're using too much energy, your house must be wasting it somehow, and you can pay us to fix that!
Ahhh - - could very well be. Everybody has an angle…
 
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