Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Regional Municipality of Durham
Peaksaver Plus program being discontinued due to low results
I just received 2 notices in the mail that Peaksaver Plus is being discontinued some time this month. I get to keep the smart thermostat, but the ability to wirelessly monitor and set my thermostat which is NOT CONNECTED BY WIFI but instead thru the smart meter's privately operated wireless Mesh Network.
It will now continue to operate as a regular programmable thermostat.
Here are my comments on the Peak Saver program:
A lot of people were crap talking the peak saver program because the hydro companies could lighten the load on the Hydro grid during Very High Peak demand periods and they were worried about this. Now let me set the record straight I used Air Conditioner during these high peak demands, and I kept telling people it was not as bad as they thought, most people were not home anyways during these high peak times, and were likely at work, and even if you were at home and wanted to set your thermostat to 19 degrees Celsius to cool your house during the peak demand, they would remotely set the temperature higher by one degree, so 20, and after about an hour of cooling they would throttle it off for 15 minutes, then turn it back on for another hour, then throttle it off for 15 minutes, people were fuming about this and in all honesty, it was NOT SO BAD AT ALL FOR ALL THE CRY BABIES. its only 15 freakin minutes. your house is not going to turn into a sauna during these periods, and if you really want, you can set the fan only on your furnace and blow the air during this time to keep the cool air circulating, gees, go figure, people will complain about anything.
I had no problem with the hydro company controlling my thermostat and when they did I had almost no noticeable issues, and I was often at work during these times, and when I came home my house was perfectly fine. and in the 5 years I had the program they only controlled my thermostat 2 times, yes TWO FREAKING TIMES in the 5 years I had it. and it keeps track of it on the online portal, they controlled it for 15 mins one time ,and 15 mins another time, HARDLY A PROBLEM, but some people would go haywire and make a big stink about not being able to turn on their ac for 15 hole minutes, wow go figure.
Another great thing was the installer from honey well. he was a smart guy, and wired my thermostat professionally. not only that but he caught an issue that my home inspector failed to catch, The previous home owners had wired their own thermostat them self with no education nor experience that they wired it incorrectly. so in the summer when I would turn on the thermostat to COOL, the AC compressor and fan would constantly run all day long even when the thermostat hits the desired temperature setting, resulting in me having very high hydro bills during the summer, I also had an older air conditioner unit which was not so efficient and was very high on hydro consumption to begin with, so yeah after changing the thermostat I immediately noticed some good savings on my hydro bills. Also it as nice having a thermostat that was wired correctly by the honeywell technician and it would shut off at the correct setting instead of constantly running the fan and compressor and putting unnecessary wear on it.
The technician was even nice enough to notice I had originally had 18/4 thermostat wire so he used a honeywell wire to convert the fan and call for cooling wires into one wire called a K wire which this thermostat had supported built in technology that supported breaking out the k wire into the appropriate terminals without any extra wiring.
overall i was pleased with peaksaver but I was upset that when they knew the program was ending they should have pre-enrolled me into the new program that the ontario government just came out recently with where they give you a FREE smart thermostat, one that operates on WIFI this time and not the hydro meter's private wireless mesh network. which is okay because I went out of my way and enrolled in the new program myself not knowing that peaksaver would end and I a m on the waiting list for next year where I will get a honeywell smart thermostat. I have since re-wired my thermostat with 18/5 wire because I had a furnace replaced a few months ago so its all new wiring and it works well.
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