I have been watching with great mirth as some express concern that BC Hydro may, horrors, eventually use the smart meter to bill us for “time of use” power consumption.
I venture that this will save the average electrical power user a significant amount of money if they have their wits about them.
How many vacationers take umbrage at resorts up-charging for the more popular seasons of use? Not many, if they understand economics. It is called the law of supply and demand.
So, I suggest that our biggest demand be that BC Hydro needs to give us help with the tools to reduce “high season” power usage, and provide us with the equipment to program the big power users when demand is lowest.
My automatic dishwasher already has a delay function built in, so why can’t my hot water tank, furnace or hot tub be similarly programed to heat at 1 a.m. instead of at peak demand times?
It seems that people want to rant at BC Hydro for the secrecy in their methods, but it is suggested that instead they should be tempting BC Hydro to be more helpful in being more “Power Smart” to be able to consume power during low demand periods.
Guess why BC Hydro “invented” the two-tier billing system? Seems like a no-brainer, eh? Be smart and save money.