Saturday, March 25, 2017

Why It Pays To Use Solar Power Versus Exporting The Excess

Use It OR Lose It!
It sure has been a challenge over the years, trying to explain to far to many Aussie householders, that installing the biggest solar system on their roof, is NOT necessarily the secret to making the most money, from solar power!

In A Net metered environment any home using little power in the sunny hours of the day, with little gain for exported power, simply has the solar power investment return on 'trickle feed'!

After talking to a couple of ELECTRICITY METER & BILL ANALYSIS clients this week, whom had no idea what Net metering was, we thought we would air some basic maths.

So for the remaining non-believer's and those whom simply have no idea, where often there is a belief BIGGER makes more money, here is the maths.

The maths is not new, as it has been on our website for sometime. It is though THE MISSING MATHS that never seems to come up, during any sales pitch! Now why is that? See the complete data table by visiting our page:

The data table shows you simply what you can expect to make, when using all or nothing of the excess solar power. The actual return will depend on how much of that excess solar power you can STOP returning to the grid, by using it.

Use IT OR Lose It!

As you can see clearly if you become smarted and use the excess solar power, against letting it trickle back to the grid for little return, you are clearly making:

 OVER $400% MORE!

What are you waiting for? Start getting more from your solar power investment! See the maths on our SOLAR NET FIT METERING AND BILLING page.

This blog post brought to you by Aussie Home Energy, a major player in the HOME ELECTRICITY SAVING SERVICE industry in Australia.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Making The Switch From Gross To Net Metering In NSW

Solar And Consumption Net Meter
Solar & Consumption Net Meter
Let us hope everyone has done their homework when the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme [SBS] ended on 31st December 2016. Meaning distributors, retailers and householders, so as to reduce any unwanted bottlenecks.

It will pay to be at the wave front for meter changeover requests! Making the switch from Gross to Net metering options are: 

  • A compatible Gross meter is been re-programmed for Net metering
  • A Net meter is replacing the Gross meter
  • Mechanical meters such as spinning disk / clock face are replaced with a Net meter 

The current rate [March 2017] for net metered exported power is anywhere from five to twelve cents depending on your electricity retailer's offer.

What Will This Meter Changeover Cost You? : Currently anywhere from $260 to $600 to switch.

Want to know more about Net metering and billing? : Check out our SOLAR NET FIT METERING BILLING page on our main website.

This blog post brought to you by Aussie Home Energy a major player in the HOME ELECTRICITY SAVING SERVICE industry in Australia.

NSW Ex Solar Bonus Scheme Homes See Sharp Bill Rise

Gross Metered NSW Solar Bonus Scheme
Compare Gross Versus Net Metered ROI
Some NSW Solar Bonus Scheme homes are about to get a nasty POWER BILL SHOCK! As their first electricity bill of the year is due, since the closure of the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme. Where the majority of homes were getting 60 cents for every kW exported!

With Gross metering now gone and Net metering being applied, there is going to be a dramatic financial drop of revenue in the first quarter and thereafter for many of these households.

So for those of you whom want a quick heads up on what to expect, at Aussie Home Energy we have done the basic maths. Maths to help you see what financial return you can expect, when you are using more or less of your net metered solar power.

The concept of Net metering can be foreign to many people, when they are simply used to being paid for all solar power sent back to the grid. We hope this data table helps you realise with Net metering you need to use more of your solar power.

As an example the maths is based on excess solar power being sent back to the grid for ONLY 6 cents per kWh. And imported power costing 25 cents per kWh. No one will argue that from 60 cents to 6 cents is a large drop for power sent back to the grid.

Even if the householder was to use 100% of the net metered solar power [extremely unlikely for Mr. Average], then there is still going to be a 41.5% drop in solar investment return, when compared to the NSW Government's recent 60 cent Gross scheme.

If you were on the 20 cents per kW Gross FIT then the difference is not that bad. But for the 60 cent per kW Gross FIT households, there certainly will be plenty of 'Power Bill Shock' causing unwanted financial pain!

Not forgetting as the scheme has run for around six years most of these 60 cent householders will have forgotten, what a normal electricity bill is! As they have simply got used to the solar power credit added to each bill.

So to help you to get an idea of the financial return to expect when being Net metered, we have created a simple data table HERE.

Now that 41.5% gets a lot worse for those homes, where there is little use within the sunny hours of the day. Yes those of you out working with only the fridge / freezer on at home, plus a few other basic appliances such as phones, clock radios and AC control panels. Shockingly up to

90% LESS!

Now that is 90% less of any recent quarterly SBS 60 cent Gross return that you are used to gone. This 90% less is for those homes now sending 75% of the power back to the grid! Check the maths! Obviously different tariff rates will affect our maths, but hopefully you will get the picture!

So as we have being saying for years to anyone with Net metering


Now it is not all that bad if you can control your appliances, as this will allow you to use more of your solar power and offset imported power costs. And that is how you make money with a NET metered Solar System. Yes you make more by offsetting imported power costs!

There are a few appliances in many homes that can be programmed or simply controlled by a timer to use up some of that excess solar power.

Check out the maths of our GROSS VERSUS NET METERING MATHS

This blog post brought to you by Aussie Home Energy, a major player in the HOME ELECTRICITY SAVING SERVICE industry in Australia.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Smart Solutions To Reducing Your Electricity Costs

Smart solutions that are making it easier for any Aussie householder, to get on the path of home energy reduction. 

Ask yourself what could you be saving off your power costs?

Well we would say, far more than you are currently!

Why? Well you only have two sources of information available to you right now, in regards to electricity use and costs.

  • An electricity bill every three months
  • An electricity meter in the power box

MISSING is the needed realtime feedback, for instant notification of any event!

Now there is not much you can do about a huge electricity bill arriving three months after the event!! You may have a great memory, but what was that event? That event that cost you so dearly!

You can only guess as it could have been :

  • An increase in usage due to householder activity?
  • An unknown faulty appliance?
  • An electricity billing issue?
  • Misconceptions of actual appliance power ratings?
  • A degrading of solar power output?
  • A solar power outage?
  • An electricity metering issue?

There are many reasons for unknown costly high power events, in many Aussie homes. Remember you are not alone here, with having to wonder why your electricity costs have risen! 

Others are also finding it all to hard to discover the real reason, after the event! So make it easier on yourself and get the information you need.

With the required realtime feedback for your electricity use :

You Can Easily ACT!   You Have OPTIONS!   You Will SAVE!

24/7 Aussie Home Energy Monitoring SolutionsOver the last few years we have become a major player in Home Energy Monitoring. Introducing Home Electricity Monitoring Solutions into many Aussie homes for monitoring :

  • Total Power
  • Solar Power 
  • Appliance Power

Whilst there are many home energy monitors out there on the market, it can be confusing for the 'energy monitoring newbie' to know exactly what matters. So why not take a look at this pdf HOME ELECTRICITY MONITORING FEATURES AND BENEFITS


This blog post brought to you by Aussie Home Energy, a major player in the HOME ELECTRICITY SAVING SERVICE industry in Australia.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

List Of Australian Electricity Tariffs Freedom Of Choice

Did you know if your electricity tariff type does not match your home's power usage pattern, you could dramatically be paying far more for your power?

We often come across Aussie householders whom could be saving far more off electricity costs, by simply changing electricity tariff type.

For example a Time Of Use [TOU] electricity tariff, is not necessarily the best tariff for you when you are a young family or an older couple. Simply because you may use high cost power [peak] and not be in a position to use more of the cheap power [off-peak], to offset the high cost of the peak. Thus you pay more! 

Commonly the reason for this can be due to lifestyle restrictions. Affecting when the power is used based on the time of day. You know you have to feed young children or you may go to sleep quite early at night!

In these cases, the home could be better off on a flat or block / tiered electricity tariff. Now there are a few ways to check if your electricity tariff type is supplying you with the cheapest electricity costs, such as:

What you need to understand first of all, is most electronic meters in Australia support ALL available electricity tariffs. If you have been forced onto a TOU tariff [commonly when solar power has been installed], then you need to discuss your options again, with your existing electricity retailer or switch. Not all electricity retailers have all the options!

Your freedom of choice Australian electricity tariffs are:

  • Flat Rate : Charged the same for all your peak power [ie 24 cents] Commonly this is used alongside a controlled load tariff
  • Increasing Block Rate [IBR] : Charged less for the first block / units of power kWh [ie 24 cents for 0 to 1000 kWh] then charged more for the next block [ie 27 cents 1001 to 2000 kWh]
  • Decreasing Block Rate [DBR] : Charged more for the first block / units of power kWh [ie 27 cents for 0 to 1000 kWh] then charged less for the next block [ie 24 cents 1001 to 2000 kWh]
  • Time Of Use [TOU] : Charged at different rates based on the time of day. [ie off-peak 22:000 to 07:00 18 cents / peak 14:00 to 20:00 48 cents / shoulder 07:00 to 14:00 & 20:00 to 22.00 34 cents / Weekends different]
  • Controlled Loads : Available on all of the above tariff types. Used for the connection of hot water and other devices, such as pool pumps or large storage heaters. This controlled load rate being similar in cost to the off-peak price for a TOU.

1st Step : Understand fully what electricity tariff type your home is connected to.

2nd Step : Select a way to work out if the existing electricity tariff, truly is the best option for lowering electricity costs for your home. 

If you are short of time and experience, then working this out with a calculator and taking meter readings is not for you. 

3rd Step : You may wish to install a simple ENERGY MONITOR WITH TARIFF COMPARISON software, to supply you with the answer on auto-pilot.

Or pass the job over to the experts here at Aussie Home Energy where we will check your:

  • Meter type
  • Electricity tariff type
  • Analyse your electricity bills
  • Supply a list of cheaper electricity offers

See our ELECTRICITY METER & BILLING ANALYSIS for further information.

Note : Mechanical meters [clock face / spinning wheel do not support the TOU electricity tariff.

This blog post brought to you by Aussie Home Energy, a major player in the HOME ELECTRICITY SAVING SERVICE industry in Australia.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

How To Size A Solar Power System

A Solar Power System on the roof of the home is a big investment for any Aussie householder. Therefore you will want to base any purchase and sizing of a solar power system, on well educated decisions. 

Decisions based on facts and figures! Not guesswork!

First of all importantly what you need is data. Without data you are really making a guess! Or using a generic figure, which may not be your home!

And to get this data you need to install a simple Smart Energy Monitoring System. This energy monitoring system supplying you with 24/7 data, so you know :

  • How much power you are using when the sun is shining
  • How much power you are using over 24 hours
  • The size and time of day of appliance loads

Having all of the above Smart Energy Monitoring data in relation to the time of day, is going to answer most of your questions.  

Smart Energy data allowing you in theory to work out :

  • What power needs to be generated to offset sunny hour imported power
  • How much power is required to charge future battery banks
  • How to use as much of your solar generated power

Smart Energy data importantly allowing you to maximise power and cost savings at the end of the day. Importantly when your solar power system is installed to:

  • Reduce imported power
  • Reduce exported power [when there is little financial return]
  • Maximise your consumption of solar power
  • Maximise the solar power sent to your batteries
  • Maximise the use of your battery power over imported
  • Install only the required number of any additional solar panels

To get all of the data, you simply need to install the required Aussie Home Energy Monitoring Solution. Thus removing all sales talk guesswork!

Now you can make that decision to install solar power on the roof of your home, with an educated mind based on smart monitoring energy data! 

Finally answering that question, 'How do I know what size solar power system to install on my roof which will show me the best financial return?'

So why not checkout HOME ENERGY POWER MONITORING and start the investigation today?

Now let us not forget here that Smart Energy Monitoring System will be easily expanded to monitor your solar and your batteries! Easy as 1,2,3!

This blog post brought to you by Aussie Home Energy, a major player in the HOME ELECTRICITY SAVING SERVICE industry in Australia.

PVOutput For Solar And Consumption Power Monitoring

PVOutput is a fantastic Online Energy Monitoring Dashboard and is our top recommended dashboard for you sending your energy monitoring data to. 

Packed with endless features every aspect of data analysis seems to be covered. 24/7 anywhere of any device!

Primarily we recommend PVOutput so you can easily gain a far better understanding of your :

  • Total power consumption
  • Solar power generation in Gross / Net environments
  • Power box circuits
  • 10A Socket appliances was designed for the sharing and comparing of Solar Power system data. Over the years though PVOutput has grown to offer so much more.

Importantly it is a live expanding website, with many new features and benefits being added on a frequent basis. Unlike some other offerings where there is no or little growth to reflect required changes. 

Thus PVOutput is voted by Aussie Home Energy as the No#1 Energy Monitoring Dashboard Solution! 

Our Aussie Home Energy Monitoring Solutions working with the PVOutput Energy Monitoring Dashboard to help :

Solar Power Users enjoy :

  • Support for either Gross / Net metering
  • Live data in 5 minute increments
  • Data graphed and tabulated
  • Data analysed and forecast
  • Comparing solar system versus solar system locally
  • Accessing data via any web browser 24/7
  • Accessing data using a long list of mobile applications across all platforms
  • Receiving email alerts for inverter / solar panel issue notification

Important : The ability to compare your Solar PV System with other users in close proximity allows for both short and longer term performance issues to be easily identified. 

Our Aussie Home Energy Monitoring Solutions working with the PVOutput Energy Monitoring Dashboard to help:

Energy Consumption Clients enjoy :

  • Total Power Consumption display
  • Live data in 5 minute increments
  • Data graphed and tabulated
  • Data analysed and forecast
  • Monitoring power box circuits such as A/C & pumps etc
  • 10A Socket appliance power data
  • Flat, tiered / block and Time Of Use tariff support

PVOutput Key Features :

  • Automatic uploading of live solar power / alternative energy generation, consumption, temperature, light and motion data
  • Ability to upload consumption data to solar systems already on PVOutput by adding consumption transmitter monitoring, thus import / export can be calculated
  • Graph and tabulate data in live [5 minute], daily, weekly, monthly and yearly intervals
  • Pie charts for costs, power consumption time of day and solar generation
  • Search and discover similar solar installations within a geographical area
  • Compare live or daily data with another solar system, past date or postcode
  • Compare electricity tariff types based on consumption
  • Open API to automate data uploads and downloads
  • Extended data for appliance detailed appliance monitoring
  • Mobile applications for all platforms Android, iPhone, Windows Mobile
  • Mobile application whilst supporting PVOutput data also support live 6 second data from the manufacturer's dashboard
  • All of the above and more for ONLY a small donation once per year
  • Email alerts [see below]

Email Alerts : 

  • Idle System Alerts
  • Low Output Alerts
  • High Usage Alerts
  • Performance Alerts
  • Standby Cost Alerts
  • High Net Alerts
  • Low Net Alerts

So What Are You Waiting For?Honestly even if you have done some homework regarding online energy monitoring dashboards, you will not find one with so many endless features and benefits as PVOutput. Importantly this is a dashboard where suggestions are taken on board and implemented when possible, within a quick time frame.

Endless Features : With constantly growing features, it is no suprise that a large increasing number of solar powered homes choose PVOutput as their primary online energy monitoring solution. 

Join A Successful Energy Monitoring Solution : PVOutput is the best end solution supplying you with all your energy monitoring needs. Let Aussie Home Energy get your consumption and/or solar power data onto PVOutput? 

Already Got Your Solar Data On PVOutput? : We can help you here by adding the missing consumption data. See our SERVICES page for more information.

Can I Auto-Upload Inverter Data To PVOutput : Yes you can see this post MISSING CONSUMPTION DATA FOR ENPHASE SOLAR EDGE SMA WEBBOX

Check out our SOLAR AND CONSUMPTION ENERGY MONITORING SOLUTIONS or call us for a quick discussion about your energy monitoring needs.

This blog post brought to you by Aussie Home Energy, a major player in the HOME ELECTRICITY SAVING SERVICE industry in Australia.
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