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1 Peak Saver from Hydro Ottawa on Tue May 31, 2011 2:08 pm

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I was wondering if anyone here is enrolled in the Peak Saver program offered by Hydro Ottawa? Specifically, I have some questions regarding the thermostat that is installed and its programmability.

I would like a thermostat that is slightly more programmable than my current one is, and “free” is always the best price.

2 Re: Peak Saver from Hydro Ottawa on Tue May 31, 2011 2:20 pm

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I believe it's the same as a regular programmable one... only that they can make changes to it remotely if they feel there is a need to lighten the load on the grid...

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2006/09/20/hydro-thermostat-peaksaver.html

My parents have one, and it's just like our typical Honeywell programmable.

3 Re: Peak Saver from Hydro Ottawa on Tue May 31, 2011 2:46 pm

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I’m quite familiar with the Peak Saver program, but just wanted to know the exact programmability of the free thermostat you get.

With my current thermostat, I can set four time periods during the day (i.e. Wake, Away, Home, Sleep), but only three preset temperatures (Leave, Sleep, Home). So I can have my thermostat change settings automatically four times a day, but only to one of three preset temperatures (Leave, Sleep, Home). I would prefer to set different temperatures for at least four time periods during the day (and more would be better).

Also, it seems like on the thermostat you get with Peak Saver, it will treat Saturday and Sunday as separate time periods within the week. My thermostat only allows for two “cycles” – weekday and weekend. I would like my Sunday presets to be different than my Saturday presets, and it seems like the Peak Saver thermostat would allow for this.

None of this is that big a deal, of course, but if Hydro Ottawa wants to give me $25 for upgraded functionality (including the ability to access your thermostat from the internet), then I’m all for that.

4 Re: Peak Saver from Hydro Ottawa on Tue May 31, 2011 4:13 pm

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You're looking for a 5-1-1 thermostat then, so you can program the weekend days individually. Call 'em up and find out I guess.

5 Re: Peak Saver from Hydro Ottawa on Tue May 31, 2011 7:15 pm

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I got one at the tail end of the Summer season last year. It's a good thermostat, but it's missing a few features I thought would be standard on higher-end models.

It has 2 x 5-1-1 settings, so you can set 4 events for Monday-Friday, another 4 for Saturday, and another 4 for Sunday. And the 2x is for separate cooling/heating settings.

It has a touch-screen (no mechanical buttons) at all.

However I don't think it has that feature where the remote "learns" how quickly it take to heat up/cool down. and adjusts the actual times the programming kicks in, accordingly.

There is no reminder for changing filters, which is nice to have.

Much of the advanced features are not immediately accessible -- you need to press special key combinations.


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6 Re: Peak Saver from Hydro Ottawa on Tue May 31, 2011 9:04 pm

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Touch screen and all - nice.

7 Re: Peak Saver from Hydro Ottawa on Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:05 am

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I read somewhere that it has a circulation feature, where you can turn on the furnace fan, but it will just run randomly about 30% of the time to circulate air...does yours do that, prager?

8 Re: Peak Saver from Hydro Ottawa on Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:21 am

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There are three settings -- Auto, On and Circ. One thing you have to be careful (as I *just* found out two minutes ago) is that each setting (wake, leave, return, sleep) has a separate fan setting. I just finished setting them *all* to Circ.

Ohm and it's a 5-2, not 5-1-1 as I originally thought.


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9 Re: Peak Saver from Hydro Ottawa on Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:31 am

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I'm guessing the one you have is the one in the picture here

https://www.hydroottawa.com/conservation/index.cfm?lang=e&template_id=414

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