Load orchestration helps homeowners in The United States of America to manage their power usage. The basic function of a controller is to spread out your electricity usage. This is called load shedding in technical terms but that seems to confuse some people so we would like to educate you.
Controllers manage your power usage by limiting the number of loads that happen at the same time. Appliances that use a lot of electricity such as water heater, AC unit, or dryer are not allowed to run at the same time which is typically the main reason for high power bills. You cannot control the rate of power you are paying but you can control the amount of electricity you are using at the same time. Controllers come with customizable settings that allow the user to set where they want. You will save more with a lower setting.
For you to use load controllers effectively, you need to understand what peak time is. High electricity demand is the highest usage of electricity during a given period. High energy demand is usually based on the highest amount of power used during1 hour (APS) or 30 min (SRP). The measurement is usually in 1000 watts per period.
What does a controller connect to?
The controller of loads is connected to three main elements; water heater, the heat pump, and the heating element in your clothes dryer.
Load orchestration works well because the controller is aware of the loads that use a lot of electricity and doesn’t need to be connected to them. As demand starts to go up, the controller will start to shed some of the loads that use a lot of electricity. If you set it up correctly then you will not even notice the controller doing its work until you see your bills going down.