Wednesday, October 27, 2010

This time it was a letter.

Well, the power company sent me a letter and guess what?  The meter was perfect.  I sort of suspected that would be the result when they took it off the house and back to their shop to test it.  Now that they have the meter and their test results, there's really nothing further I can do.  However the news is not all frustrating.  The new meter they left seems to be working fine.  My demand usage has dropped to a level that corresponds to what my measurements are and my bill should be dropping accordingly.  Seems the highest demand I've had in the last three weeks is 1.5 KW which is a long ways from the 4.2KW I had three months ago.

It's disappointing that I couldn't prove that the meter was set up wrong, but what's one to do?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Just an update

Not being one to let something like this go, I dropped a note to the power company to try and make sure they actually tested the meter and let me know the results then called my contact at the government office.  A little later I got an email from the power company assuring me that the meter would be tested and the results forwarded.  Of course there will always be a nagging doubt about their response since they took the meter away, but what can you do?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Still haven't heard from the Power Company

Well, it's been a week since the power company was out.  Haven't heard a thing.   I suspect that I won't hear anything until I make a stink with the government again.  The new meter is setting at 1.3 kW which is the lowest it's ever been.  They could well have fixed my particular problem; interesting to see what comes of this over the next weeks.  I don't plan on going away.

Meanwhile, I've been working on a display computer.  It gets the time from NIS and the power from my monitor and displays them.  It also forwards the data to Pachube to free up the laptop.  I'm waiting on a couple of parts to finish it up and mount it to the wall in the house.  Then, it's a toss up between a device to control the two A/C units such that both of them cannot be on at the same time during peak periods or something to control the compressors on my refrigerator and freezer such that they can't be on at the same time.  I may just make the first web enabled home thermostat from an Arduino (at least I think it would be the first).