Wash dishes and clothes at night, 227°

Running major appliances after sundown eases the stress on the grid. In cities like mine (yeah for Los Angeles) we pay less for our power after 7 pm.

Reducing the stressors on the grid can help keep it compact.

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Can you explain more about how this reduces the amount of energy I use? I can see how this would be cheaper, sure - but use less energy??

in June 2008

Sure. If you're fighting to keep your house cool in the summer months running appliances at night would cut down on the heat you're fighting.

Los Angeles (where I live) is subject to rolling brown outs in the summer months because too many of us need too much. By using power during off peak hours you don't stress the grid as much. It might not translate immediately to your own home but it is part of being a good neighbor/citizen.

Further, if you wash dishes at 8pm and then they sit until 7am when you're ready to put them away you don't need heated drying.

in June 2008

As I understand it, the peak use of energy for New Zealand is between 4-8pm - so doing the dishes after sunset is not the best option. We are mid-winter and most people are coming home and turning on their appliances and making dinner etc (sun is well set by 5pm) Hence I'm a little confused too. Perhaps someone from one of our major utilities with an interest in Celsias could answer this?

in June 2008

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in August 2008