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Discussion in 'Home Power and Microgeneration' started by edel, Dec 24, 2007.

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  1. edel

    edel Guest

    Is it possible to limit the amount of power going into a home, by the energy
    company, so as to create a short circuit knocking off a line or two?
    ....limit sorta like when the phone company disables long distance when you
    haven't paid the full balance until eventually it's completely cut off...

    thanks, sorry if the question is absurd
     
  2. edel

    edel Guest

    A fuse? assume all circuit breakers/cables, etc. are in perfect
    functioning order...

    so I'm asking from any point outside the home is it possible to limit the
    amount of kilowatts supplied to a home limiting the amount of
    circuits/appliances that can operate at one time.

    am I even asking it correctly, i'm not sure
     
  3. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    Not in any simple way.

    Graham
     
  4. paul

    paul Guest

    qi masters can do this with mind power

    and evil electricians with time on their hands
     
  5. Vaughn Simon

    Vaughn Simon Guest

    Not so, at least not here in Florida. Here, you can sign up for a special
    program that allows the utility to shut off your big loads on an individual
    basis as needed. They put a box in your house and communicate with it via your
    phone line. They only need to activate the system in times of extra-heavy load.
    Those consumers that allow the system to be installed receive a discount on
    their power bills.

    Vaughn
     
  6. edel

    edel Guest

    So this is what I found
    http://www.freepatentsonline.com/6373150.html

    "The present invention relates to electric service load limiters, and more
    particularly, to an electric service load limiter for limiting the amount of
    electricity that is allowed to pass from a power line and through an
    electrical power leg supplying electricity to a consumer.

    In the electric utility industry, household consumers pay for electric
    service according to the amount of energy consumed. Therefore, utility
    companies normally bill these customers in proportion to the total amount of
    electrical current drawn during a particular billing period. When such a
    customer becomes seriously delinquent in paying a bill, the utility company
    has the option of shutting off electric service until the bill is paid.
    While this usually is an effective incentive to cause a household consumer
    to make payments that are past due, it also presents potential regulatory
    problems. Local statutes often prohibit utilities from totally discontinuing
    service to the extent that a consumer is unable to operate essential
    appliances such as a furnace, a refrigerator, or a water pump. Regulations
    of this type typically prohibit discontinuing electrical service in the
    winter when operation of a furnace can be essential. For this reason, a
    utility company wishing to restrict a delinquent consumer's electricity
    consumption must be able to do so without seriously disrupting the
    consumer's essential electricity requirements."

    --

    So it is possible. And after talking to a few people recently who
    experienced this limiting of current I'm curious as to why the utility
    company doesn't notify them of this activity? Customer reps claim this
    isn't being done and that if they were going to disrupt power it would be to
    the entire home. Why is it kept secret from most consumers?
     
  7. edel

    edel Guest

    apparently the system can 'trip up' a circuit.
     
  8. edel

    edel Guest

    Based on some responses in a forum, and a couple here, it doesn't seem to be
    too common.
    Is this information provided in a policy guide or info pamphlet with your
    first statement?
     
  9. edel

    edel Guest

    That's my point, unless you google it you wouldn't really know about it. At
    least the phone companies let you know when they are going to limit your
    service due to non-payment or whatever.
     
  10. edel

    edel Guest

    ....and some people can mistakenly assume there is an electrical problem that
    needs service if they're not aware of this little device installation...
     
  11. edel

    edel Guest

    I take pride in paying off my balance in full every month, so your question
    doesn't apply to me.

    I thought state utility regulations and consumer protection laws prohibit
    partial or full termination of service without prior notice.
     
  12. edel

    edel Guest

    no one in particular, but if any of them are crooks I wouldn't know.
     
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