Luckily all of my lab is at the office and i try not to have everything on
at the same time (if i attempted that i would trip a lot of breakers...)
but still we pay a nice amount each month. The worst part? Due to decades
of fixed prices and subsidies the infraestructure is very weak and we have
blackouts every 2 or 3 months and getting worse on summer (right now). I've
still haven't gotten the bosses to buy the generator...

On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 10:51 AM, DrFranken <midrange@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Every meter at our coop reads every day electronically and the data made
available to us via the web (using Domino no less!) So they can easily know
if we're using power in a suspicious way!

In fact they compare the total on the line at the substation in real time
with the total of all meters on that line. If they don't match they go find
the cheater. Last one they published was an electrical inspector who wired
around his meter to heat his garage with electric heat. The penalty is to
pay the maximum amount he COULD have used since the last formal inspection
of his meter. Tens of Thousands US$!!

Fortunately our Coop uses IBM i on Power and I do their system maintenance
so when they asked about my power usage they said: "Well yeah that makes
sense." :-)

- Larry "DrFranken" Bolhuis

www.frankeni.com
www.iDevCloud.com
www.iInTheCloud.com

On 12/15/2014 8:24 AM, rob@xxxxxxxxx wrote:

In our area if you are listed as a residence yet consume too much
electricity then you may notice you're being monitored by the police
because of suspicion of using grow lights in your basement to grow
marijuana.


Rob Berendt

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