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Redirecting power to evade a power trip. Answered

Summer days can be a bit too much in Southern California and my family uses a lot of electricity to keep the house cool. The problem is that one side of the breaker for the house is too heavy to handle all the appliances and electronics; because of it, the power trips a lot since people in my house apparently don't understand the whole "turn something off before you turn something on" concept. I considered running extension cords throughout the house but not only is it not practical but it can be a bit dangerous with the build up of friction from the ohms and what have you. I've been trying to think of ways to solve this issue and I was thinking maybe I could install a sensor switch or something of the sort that would not allow the use of certain appliances while others were on or maybe something that would turn something else off automatically in order for something else to be used. My biggest problem is I'm no graduate or electrician. I know a thing or two about the sort and am very capable of learning, I just need someone to point me in the right direction. I may not even be thinking in the right area which is why I'm posting. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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steveastrouk

6 years ago

You COULD get smart with this, but it will take some serious tech to do it.

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BnKSethsteveastrouk

Reply 6 years ago

Alright so where would I go to educate myself?

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gmoon

6 years ago

Trying to juggle usage between circuits might be a stopgap, but it's not really a solution. You should probably upgrade your electrical service.

In fact, this is something we're having done next week--along with a new furnace and central air (they wouldn't install the air conditioning without upgrading the service).

It's an issue that comes with older houses...

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caitlinsdad

6 years ago

The best solution is to educate the users in the house. Overloading circuits is dangerous and I know it is expensive to upgrade the house wiring by a qualified electrician. If it is young ones, you can "bill" them with chores or something else for the excess energy they use. Get a kill-a-watt ($30) plug in electricity usage meter and check out all of the devices you have plugged in. List out what they use to determine the safe load of the circuit and start unplugging things from the extension strips. Good luck.