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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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And of course NOT turning on the washing machine in the peak, but instead letting the internet turn it on at a time of relative plenty anytime in the next 24 hours would help a bit.


Or you can buy a plug in timer socket to turn it on when you want.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenneal - lagger wrote:
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And of course NOT turning on the washing machine in the peak, but instead letting the internet turn it on at a time of relative plenty anytime in the next 24 hours would help a bit.


Or you can buy a plug in timer socket to turn it on when you want.


Yes, that certainly saves some money if one is on an off peak tariff. It is what* I do.

Rather a blunt instrument though compared to control via the internet.
I set mine to operate at about 04-00 as that is well within the off peak time.
What if the grid had plenty of power available 02-00 but less at 04-00 because the wind was forecast to drop suddenly.
Also internet control allows the wash cycle to be paused in case of sudden and unexpected power shortage.

*to be strictly accurate, that is what I did with the old washing machine, the new one has a built in "start delay" control whereby starting of the wash may be delayed by any number of whole hours from 1 up to 24.
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