An Energy Local member can use a Smart Plug with their Energy Dashboard to schedule appliances. The scheduler finds the best time of day to get the cheapest power, whilst making sure your appliance has finished when you want it.
The Energy Dashboard helps you choose the best time to use electricity according to the amount of local energy available and the time of use tariff. You can now use this with a Smart Plug. We are offering these free for those participating In the SENS project.
The ‘demand shaper’ on the Energy Dashboard uses the forecast of the electricity use of a Club, forecast of generation, and the Time of Use Tariff to estimate how good each half hour in the next 24 hours is to use power.
- Go to 'devices', select your Smart Plug and use the Smart Schedule function.
- Set when an appliance must finish and the length of time in needs to run for.
- Go to 'OK to Interrupt' option to choose if it is OK/not OK to interrupt an appliance once it has started.
- The Smart Scheduler will identify the best period available to run the load in the time available.
Example screenshot showing the Smart Scheduler function
For more information, or if you want to know how to try a Smart Plug, email <firstname.lastname@example.org>.