Examples: Monday, today, last week, Mar 26, 3/26/04

Cannot get below my forecasts

I am having sporadic issues with the PGE forecasts being completely unrealistic. For example: this last week I was forecast for a level of use that would have required me to unplug literally everything in my house except for my lights. I unplugged all of my big energy user (chest freezer, mini hot tub, fridge, TVs, fans), did not run any water (electric well pump), and literally left the house when no lights on. The only thing on was two portable air purifiers and the clocks on the oven and microwave. How in the world am I supposed to get under forecast? This keeps happening and Ohm customer service tells me the forecasts are realistic and the meter readings are accurate (although I've now had two ohm hour results switch from over forecast to under). Where do I even start? PG&E? Just stop taking it personally? Drop out altogether? It's so frustrating to "go over forecast" in my tiny house when my energy guzzling neighbors in their mcmansions just have to unplug a few appliances and stop charging their cars.

Comments

  • cwiedcwied San MateoPosts: 118Member

    The thing to realize is that "demand reduction" implies a change. If you already are very efficient in the way you use energy, it's hard to reduce enough to see a big benefit. The best way to get forecasts you can beat is to make sure you pick the time periods when you usually use the most electricity as the ones during which you participate in Ohm Hours. Make sure that your available hours in OhmConnect are set to those hours.

  • daniel-sidelskydaniel-sidelsky Posts: 9Member
    edited June 4

    One thing to look at is shifting tasks that consume a lot of electricity (running the dishwasher, dryer, AC, etc...) to times that you typically get Ohm Hours. This will increase your forecasts while keeping your overall electricity usage constant. For example, most of my Ohm Hours are Monday-Friday 5pm-9pm. So I know that if I need to do any of those tasks, I should save them for that time period.

  • CKWMCKWM Fremont, CAPosts: 227Member
    I have solar and knowing that my inability to control the consistency of the sun while it's up has me pushing my OhmHours request times to after 8pm - where I know I'll be using the most amount of energy.
  • BelleBelle Posts: 89Member

    I had a goal of 0.085 kWh for Wednesday’s Mega OhmHour. I use so little apparently that I just flipped my breakers. I have also invested in battery-powered lights that you can put up anywhere. This way, during OhmHours, I can still study.

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