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Electrical appliance energy consumption control methods and electrical energy consumption systems

United States Patent

7,010,363
March 7, 2006
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Electrical appliance energy consumption control methods and electrical energy consumption systems are described. In one aspect, an electrical appliance energy consumption control method includes providing an electrical appliance coupled with a power distribution system, receiving electrical energy within the appliance from the power distribution system, consuming the received electrical energy using a plurality of loads of the appliance, monitoring electrical energy of the power distribution system, and adjusting an amount of consumption of the received electrical energy via one of the loads of the appliance from an initial level of consumption to an other level of consumption different than the initial level of consumption responsive to the monitoring.
Donnelly; Matthew K. (Kennewick, WA), Chassin; David P. (Pasco, WA), Dagle; Jeffery E. (Richland, WA), Kintner-Meyer; Michael (Richland, WA), Winiarski; David W. (Kennewick, WA), Pratt; Robert G. (Kennewick, WA), Boberly-Bartis; Anne Marie (Alexandria, VA)
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland, WA)
10/ 462,307
20040254654
June 13, 2003
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with Government support under contract DE-AC0676RLO1830 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.