September 28, 2011
One of the most-often repeated criticisms of the Ontario government’s plan to install “smart” power meters in all of the province’s homes is that it will force moms to get up in the middle of the night to do laundry.
Smart meters register when homeowners draw power from the provincial grid and charges them extra if they consume electricity during hours of peak demand (typically from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in winter and between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. in summer, when air conditioners are switched on). So in order to avoid high power bills, moms will have to put loads in at 2 a.m.
Yeah, unless every mom starts the wash at 2 a.m. Then the power peak will come after midnight and all the night-owl laundresses will be charged prime rates.