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Programmable tstat for electric baseboard?

Started this discussion. Last reply by peter chang Nov 22, 2014. 4 Replies

Ok, just want to throw this out there. I live in the high desert, 6800' or so. My house is pretty well insulated, and gets great passive solar gain. Daytime temperature (heat shuts off at 67-68 F)…Continue

Electrical system data loggers

Started this discussion. Last reply by William H Nickerson Jun 22, 2013. 19 Replies

A few years ago I was shopping for some sort of data logging electrical system monitor and came across some really interesting solid state units that could monitor supply and usage over time. They…Continue

 

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Programmable tstat for electric baseboard?

Ok, just want to throw this out there. I live in the high desert, 6800' or so. My house is pretty well insulated, and gets great passive solar gain. Daytime temperature (heat shuts off at 67-68 F) gets to about 78, plus or minus depending on where you measure even if it's 40 outside. Heat is electric baseboard with standard dumb wall thermostats. The tstats are getting a little war torn, I'm thinking it's probably time to freshen up. The big question, is it likely to be worthwhile to spend a…See More
Nov 24, 2014
peter chang replied to Damien Greenfield's discussion Is there is cost saving for you in having a tankless water heater?
"I think it is quite possible the greatest savings will be realized by the lowest volume users. I have been dealing with tankless water heaters for several years now ("dealing with" because I am an electrician, not a plumber) and also seen…"
Nov 22, 2014
peter chang replied to peter chang's discussion Programmable tstat for electric baseboard?
"Good plan, thanks. That looks pretty much like how I used to program mine (when I had one). Maybe it will be worthwhile to get the programmables. Even saving a few minutes of on time in a couple of low periods would likely offset the added cost in a…"
Nov 22, 2014
Bob Blanchette replied to peter chang's discussion Programmable tstat for electric baseboard?
"Since the sun heats the house to 78f during the day, cutting the power from the time you leave for work until the sun starts heating the space will save the money. You are "paying for" some of the 78f temp by running the heat until the…"
Nov 22, 2014
peter chang replied to peter chang's discussion Programmable tstat for electric baseboard?
"Yes, in fact I did just that for my kitchen toe-kick heater because the original thermostat was on a north exterior wall next to a sliding glass door where it was also behind the drapery. The only worse place I can imagine is if it were outside.…"
Nov 21, 2014
Bob Blanchette replied to peter chang's discussion Programmable tstat for electric baseboard?
"Savings depends a LOT on how it's programmed. I've even done a setup with a contactor, 24v transformer and standard 24v thermostat. Give MANY more options."
Nov 21, 2014
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Programmable tstat for electric baseboard?

Ok, just want to throw this out there. I live in the high desert, 6800' or so. My house is pretty well insulated, and gets great passive solar gain. Daytime temperature (heat shuts off at 67-68 F) gets to about 78, plus or minus depending on where you measure even if it's 40 outside. Heat is electric baseboard with standard dumb wall thermostats. The tstats are getting a little war torn, I'm thinking it's probably time to freshen up. The big question, is it likely to be worthwhile to spend a…See More
Nov 20, 2014
peter chang replied to Curt Kinder's discussion Vampire load surprise - garage door openers
"OK, this is my last one. There is no free lunch. You can't fix technology with more technology. We can neither create nor destroy energy or matter. Really? Solar panels for you garage door openers? Hydraulics? Sure, because hydraulics are so…"
Dec 15, 2013
peter chang replied to Curt Kinder's discussion Vampire load surprise - garage door openers
"Wow, I'm impressed that this one is still going. I've been thinking about it some more. As an electrician I have tried to boil it down a bit. Almost without fail, vampire loads are a concession to convenience. Being able to simply push a…"
Dec 15, 2013
William H Nickerson replied to peter chang's discussion Electrical system data loggers
"LOL...As if Eric Holder doesn't have enough problems...."
Jun 22, 2013
peter chang replied to peter chang's discussion Electrical system data loggers
"If I told you, I'd have to kill you, unless I wasn't, I guess."
Jun 21, 2013
William H Nickerson replied to peter chang's discussion Electrical system data loggers
Jun 21, 2013

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