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Hi all

I've just had solar PV installed, and I'm looking for accessories that consume excess electricity. Items such as heaters which can read when the home / base load is low, and switches heating mode on during this period. 

Any thoughts appreciated. 

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On 2023/05/08 at 2:53 PM, Deric said:

Hi all

I've just had solar PV installed, and I'm looking for accessories that consume excess electricity. Items such as heaters which can read when the home / base load is low, and switches heating mode on during this period. 

Any thoughts appreciated. 

Sonoff have some great switches ideal for this sort of use.
https://www.sonoffafrica.co.za/

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  • 2 weeks later...

Simple rule is if it heats or pumps.

The biggest appliances would be your geyser, pool pump, heaters. As others have mentioned there are smart switches which can help control these loads. Just be careful as most of them can't handle a large load running for hours. Rough rule, reduce the stated rating by 30% to be on the safe side. CBI makes a device that works well with a geyser.

I quite like Shelly switches.

A couple topics on this forum what people have done with Home Assistant to automate loads. Really cool stuff!

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