Developing and Demonstrating Zero-Peak Houses

Smart meters enable utilities to charge higher rates during periods of peak demand (photo by: Harry Turner)

Smart meters enable utilities to charge higher rates during periods of peak demand (photo by: Harry Turner)

As part of this project to reduce the peak electricity use of houses during periods of system-wide peak demand (notably hot summer afternoons), a variety of load shifting strategies were demonstrated at the CCHT twin house facility in July 2011. Strategies included: employing exterior shading, cycling the air conditioning system during periods of utility peak loads, opening windows on cool nights, and shifting appliance use to non-peak times. The project is at the reporting stage. For more information see the official project website: Power Nap: Developing and Demonstrating Zero-Peak Houses.

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