*Attention – SRP residential electric customers considering solar installation. READ THIS FIRST
This residential load controller is designed for the (E-32) solar rate that SRP recently implemented to benefit solar customers. The Pensar Load Controller is also effective at controlling APS peak electricity charges.
Please Be Advised:
Greenlife/Power Solar Solutions is in no way sponsored by, related to, affiliated or endorsed by APS aka Arizona Public Service Company, one of the major Arizona electric utility companies. APS sells energy, Greenlife helps you conserve it/manage it.
Residential Load Controllers
Greenlife is an approved installation contractor of Pensar Load Controllers and Inergy Systems Demand Controllers. Both of these systems can help APS and SRP customers save money, especially for customers who are currently using solar, we can help you save even more.
We can fully integrate load controllers with storage, arrays, PV or any other type of alternative power source on your residential or commercial building.
3 Years ago we got into load controllers when utility companies in Arizona changed their rates to start charging customers more for using their power during peak periods.
As energy costs continue to rise, investing in energy management solutions is an investment that pays back over and over again. We help save energy during the most important times of the day, which helps you save big no matter how much you are being charged per kilowatt.
Above is a picture of the “Inergy Systems” Smart Panel 3000. This is a relay box that is installed and mounted directly next to the right side of your main electric panel. There is no outside or inside Control panel with, load status lights, digital lights or wires running through your attic. This state-of-the-art system uses cloud technology to allow you to access data and control of your home by using your laptop, pc or tablet at remotely or while at home.
This is a picture of the control module being installed and wired to the higher voltage loads such as the water heaters, clothes dryer, AC unit etc. The HVAC equipment in your home is controlled by WIFI thermostats that communicate with the Smart Panel 3000 and collects data like as time to reach target temperature, run time, and uploads this information to the cloud.
Real Life Monitoring
As you can see above, the Inergy Systems load controller offers a real life view of when and how much power your home uses.
Load run times and High Energy Demand levels can be monitored or viewed in real-time.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s does a load controller do?
A load controller basic function is to spread out your energy usage. In technical terms it’s really called, “load shedding” but that seems to confuse some people and we like to educate our customers.
A load controller manages your power usage by limiting the amount of loads that happen at the same time. High energy demand loads such as running your A/C unit, Hot water heater, or Dryer, aren’t allowed to run in conjunction, which is usually the main reason for high energy bills.
You can’t control the rate of energy you are paying but you can control the amount of energy you are using at the same time. It comes with customizable energy settings that allow you to set it where you want. The lower the setting, the more you save.
What Is Peak Time?
High Energy Demand is the highest usage of electrical power during a given period. For APS customers, high energy demand is based off the highest amount of electricity you used during a 30 min (SRP) or 1 hour period (APS). The measurement is 1KW or 1000 watts per time period.
Cost of electricity Feb 2017: $13.85/KW
Energy demand shows that 10KW would equal $138.50 for 60 minutes of energy usage. Cut that amount in half (what a load controller can do), would reduce your energy bill by nearly $60/month.
Demand rates are already high and are even expected to rise upwards of $16/kW very soon, making this energy management system an investment that is sure to pay off even faster.
Parts Of Your Home That Use The Most Energy:
- Water Heater: 4.5KW
- Electric Dryer: 6KW
- Oven: 5KW
- Spa Heater: 10-20KW
- Stove: 2.5KW/burner
- Pool water pump: 2KW
- 5 Ton Heat Pump: 8KW (15 year old heat pump: 11KW)
- 3 Ton Heat Pump: 5.6KW (1.6 KW/ton)
The meter actually measures average power usage, adding together the values expressed above are not the way this meter would read your energy usage. For example; if you have a heat pump (5 ton) that turns on and off every 10 minutes, the average energy demand of that load would be measured as 4KW. You water heater uses around 4.5KW and has the potential to run for an hour long (APS’s high energy demand time). The main purpose of our controller is to keep your energy sucking devices from running during the hours where the energy is the most expensive.
What Does A Load Controller Connect To?
The load controller is connected to 3 main elements; the heat pump, hot water heater, and the heating element in your clothes dryer. Our years of experience has taught us that your pool pump should only run during off peak times and that your over does even need to be plugged in. The controller is already aware of the loads such as these and does not need to be connected to them. When demand starts to spike, the controller will shed the loads to allow use of the over. If set up correctly you won’t even notice the controller working until you see the savings on your energy bill.
Is There Any Maintenance Involved?
No maintenance, once the controller is installed, it’s highly unlikely to have an issue and don’t need checkups.
HOW IT WORKS:
How do I know what to do? How can I control it?
All of the collected data is automatically sent to a cloud system so you can easily log into your online account and view your usage, create your graphs quickly, and make any changes to the demand levels seasonally. Set a timer for your water heater and see a complete archive of all of the energy you have been using.
What does it track?
Every appliance, bulb, and socket in your home is recorded, and then archived into the cloud.
Sensors are placed on the main loads so they can be track and archived.
After being able to see the normal load usage in a graph like presentation, you will easily be able to see if your HVAC equipment is running at normal efficiency or not. If you A/C unit take longer to reach a certain temperature, you will automatically be alerted.
You can even track usage either is historical or real time mode, be able to see run times of loads, set the levels and priorities on your PC or laptop. Mobile app soon to come!
The sensors feed the data into the Smart Panel 3000 and 30amp latching relays are where the main loads are fed into.
The main control box is mounted directly next to the main electrical service panel. It acquires data and sends it to the cloud so you can see it on your devices. We are currently creating a mobile app that will allow you to turn certain loads off or on, change the temperature in your home, and read history just like on the pc or laptop.
Here is an example of one of the graphs showing energy usage in real time. If you scroll over the graph, you will see even more details about your energy usage.
Do I Need A Load Controller?
If you would like to receive a 30% reduction on your energy bill, then yes, you do need a load controller. One of our clients had a 4 bedroom home where she saved 16k off of her APS bill in just over 12 years (that’s over 1300 per year!). Many have even saved as much as 40% off of their electricity bill will APS or SRP.
What does The Pensar Load Controller Look Like?
Below is a picture of the Pensar System 1000 (outdoor display) this unit is mounted right next to your existing breaker box
This is a picture of the relay box that will be mounted to the outside of your homes control module. There are certain modes that display your maximum demand level (your choice), your current demand level, your last average hourly usage (How APS measures), highest demand point (highest peak last billing cycle), date, time, and alarm settings.
It may take some adjustments to find the demand level that best suits your lifestyle and energy usage. It may take a year or so to know how low you can actually go. We encourage our customers to look at this usage often within the first year to get the best results. You may even end up with separate settings for each time of the year (spring, summer, fall, winter) to ensure your home still stays cool and warm when it should be and saves when it already is. However, the lower your setting, the more you save.
How Do I Get One?
Call us for a free energy audit right now to find out if installing a load controller will help you save money. *If you have lived in your home for 1 year or more and will request a consumption report from APS (602 371 7171) or SRP (602-236-8888), it will be even easier to show you exactly how our load controller can help you. This is a free document provided by all energy providers. It’s not required for the inspection but will aid in being able to show you just how much you can save.
Please fill out the following information and one of our Energy auditors will get into touch with you within 24 hours.
Electric Power Provider:
Sq. footage of home:
Roof construction: (flat/tile/shingle/shake/metal):
Number of occupant’s full time:
Highest summer bill: (with demand levels if you know them):
A/C on roof or ground:
Which side of the house is your electric panel on? (N,S,E.W):
Best time to call to set an apt: