Technology could help consumers cut energy bills
Tucked in the depths of Duke Energy's latest North Carolina rate request is a money-saving deal -- a 20 percent discount on electricity -- that few customers know about and fewer take.
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#1 Jan 22, 2012
"The RT or time-of-use rate rewards residential consumers whose heaviest energy use is when overall demand falls, such as at night, and electricity is cheapest to generate. The risk is that customers who stray, using power at peak times such as hot summer afternoons, are punished by higher rates."
Yeah and what if you work all day and have the A/C set high or off until you get home from work? You're better off getting a grid tied solar PV system that would take care of the bulk of your air conditioning needs. It depends on how old your A/C system is, if it is a newer 12 SEER and above you're looking at about 1 to 1.2KWh per ton. On a 3 ton system you'd need about 3.6KWh of power generation to offset the A/C usage. On older systems, you might need 2KWh per ton, 6KWh of power generation. What Duke is NOT telling you, is that there are state, utility and local energy efficiency programs that one can get low interest loans, rebates and tax incentives to install energy star appliance and energy efficiency upgrades to one's home. www.dsireusa.org click on your state of the union to see what is available to you.
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