Question by Dave: If you sign up for load managment with your electric company do you use less electricity?
I was thinking about signing up for my electric company’s load management system. They offer credits of about 24 dollars for signing up per month. That is pretty cool, but I am wondering will I actually use less electricity as well? Therefore saving even more money on the actual bill? Or do I only get savings from the credits they give?
Answer by Stephen M
You may end up using less electricity, but you also may not.
It all depends on your usage patterns, which we do not know.
A load management system will turn off certain loads in your home, such as an AC, washer, dryer, etc during times of high demand.
Now if the loads being dropped aren’t on anyway, you could end up saving money with no downside at all to you and you could still use exactly the same amount of power on a monthly basis as before.
On the other hand, if the load they turn off is your AC and you are at home when it is turned off, you could end up being rather uncomfortable for a while. This could reduce your over all electrical demand for the month, but it also might not.
Load management does nothing to control the amount of electricity you use. It does let the electrical company control the peak loads they have to be able to supply power for and that allows them to pass some of the savings on to you.
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