When Ontario has instituted a "time of use" policy with electricity, I was not particularly happy but I thought I could adapt. However, while I'm finding it might be okay of a childless couple, it is a major challenge for a family that has 5-6 loads of laundry per week.
The less expensive time is between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Now unless one follows an extremely flexible schedule that leaves between 6 and 7 in the morning or 7 - 11 in the evening to use electricity. If someone puts a load of laundry in the washer at 6 a.m. that means it is ready for the dryer at the peak time of 7. (Sometimes I do use a line but it has been raining lately.) And then, of course, who is that ambitious at 6 in the morning? So what about in the evening?, you ask. At least 2 of my family members take their shower in the evening and for some strange reason don't seem to appreciate being intermittently scalded and frozen. (And of course this is an issue in the morning, as well.) We sometimes put a load in before going to bed but the noise is annoying. And perhaps I'm a little paranoid, but I don't particularly like leaving an appliance, especially the dryer, running while the family is sleeping. And if you can take a little more whining, after 7 in the evening tends to be relaxing time with the spouse to catch a hockey game, American Idol or the latest hijinks on the Big Bang Theory. It's not the most fun time to do chores. The dishwasher does have a timer, but it seems rare that the timing of it being full coincides with the end of the day; which leaves us with a choice of either doing the leftover dishes by hand or saving the dirty dishes for a later load. And as a recent stay at home spouse (a role-reversal that we are also adapting to), what am I supposed to do during the day? Relax with a book and then do the chores when the family comes home?
Rant finished. How are you adapting (or not adapting) to time of use?