Monday, September 30, 2013

In-Home Electricity Audit Service

NSW Mid North Coast To Sydney Electricity Audits
Electricity Audit Service
At the top of our Home Electricity Reduction Services is our IN-HOME ELECTRICITY AUDITING SERVICE. Professionally designed to pinpoint why your electricity bill is so high and what you can do to reduce the bill and save hundreds of dollars.

This service primarily targets Aussie householders with major concerns over rising electricity costs. Where electricity use can be totally out of control! 

When is your electricity bill going to push a button?

The electricity audit is designed to create awareness and importantly educate you on all aspects of, 

  • Understanding your electricity bill
  • Home electricity use
  • Energy efficient appliances
  • Electricity monitoring
  • Electricity retailer's options
  • Electricity standby costs
  • Electricity tariffs
  • Energy efficiency versus energy use

Our Home Electricity Usage Audit will offer you clarity on issues such as,

  • The true cost of standby in your home, due to appliances being left on
  • The true cost of a 250L HW system and what you are not being told
  • How much it costs you to run a pool pump
  • Where you are using the most electricity in your home
  • What the most effective / efficient form of electric heating is

Now there is really no reason to guess anymore! Guess work that has so far cost you dearly on each and every electricity bill! And of course will continue to do so, unless you take action today!

Our Home Electricity Audit comes complete with a detailed report.

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

Can I Expand My NSW 60 Cent Gross Solar System?

NSW SBS 60 Cent Gross Options
The following is extracted from the NSW Trade & Investment's SOLAR BONUS SCHEME web page, primarily for adding clarity to questions from the Australian householder, regarding the available options when it comes to modifications to existing solar systems.

I am a 60 cent Solar Bonus Scheme customer. I wish to expand the generating capacity of my solar system. What are my options?

NSW Solar Bonus Scheme customers receiving the 60 cents per kilowatt hour tariff who increase their Scheme generator’s capacity will move to the 20 cents per kilowatt hour tariff unless the components (for the expansion) were purchased on or before 27 October 2010.

The customer will remain eligible for the 20 cent tariff provided the system does not exceed 10 kilowatts (kW) of generation capacity.

Alternatively, Solar Bonus Scheme customers who receive the 60 cents per kilowatt hour tariff MAY EXPAND their overall generating capacity and retain the 60 cents tariff for their Scheme generator, if the additional capacity is from a separately metered non-Scheme generator.

No Scheme payments are available for the non-Scheme generator. Customers should check what feed-in tariffs are available and confirm with their preferred retailer whether they will pay a non-Scheme tariff in addition to the Scheme tariff. At the time of writing this entry in NSW this is 6 or 8 cents per exported kilowatt.

Customers should consider how the expansion of their solar PV system will affect Scheme tariff payments and other benefits before deciding to expand the generating capacity of their solar PV system.

For detailed information on the effect of expanding a 60 cent or 20 cent GROSS system visit the NSW Trade & Investment's SOLAR BONUS SCHEME web page.

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

Is Your Solar PV Investment Insured?

Make Sure You Solar Power Investment Is Insured
Insure Your Solar Power Investment
Our research shows that not to many householders, add their Solar Power investment, to the home insurance.

A Solar Power system in most cases is a considerable investment. It needs to be insured against theft, storm, lightning and hail stone damage along with third party damage.

Before calling your household insurer, you may want to note the height of the building, the location of the inverter, panels orientation and angle of tilt, along with the cost of the system.

All of these facts may be asked for by the insurer, as these will affect the risk of loss or damage.

Your Solar PV insurance may be automatically included under the home's insurance, as it is fitted to the home. Often there is little or no adjustment to the premium. The Solar PV system does though, need to be listed on the insurance policy for it to be covered.

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

Friday, September 27, 2013

How Solar Power Reduces Electricity Costs Fast?

Solar Power Reduces Electricity Costs
Currently in most states in Australia, Solar Power is an easy solution to reducing home or business electricity costs.

With NET METERING installed, your solar power plant will supply you with the electricity you use under the roof, during the sunny hours of the day virtually for FREE!

YES, when you generate electricity with your solar pv system and use it in real-time, you reduce your normal electricity costs fast.

So What Can You Save?

Maximum savings possible in New South Wales from a 2 kW solar system offsetting daytime 'sunny hour' electricity usage charged at 30 cents per unit, can result in approximate energy savings of $850 per year.

Now that is a possible $210 off each quarterly electricity bill!

By offsetting the electricity costs directly, you will further save more each year as the costs rise. This fact helping you to pay off your Solar Power System quicker!

When power generated by your Solar PV System is not used in real-time, it is fed back into the grid to further help reduce the cost of purchased electricity.

And if you really want to get your head around the power used, imported and exported then it would be a smart idea to install an electricity consumption and solar power monitoring solution. Where you have 24/7 realtime feedback with ongoing analysis, of both your electricity usage and solar pv system's output. 

Visit our ONLINE ELECTRICITY MONITORING page, where we make the task of getting your data online, very easy.

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

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

How Is The Average Daily Electricity Calculated?

You may have noticed the average daily kWh usage per household, displayed on your electricity bill. Have you ever wondered how this is worked out?

The company behind the benchmarks developed for the Australian Government, is ACIL Tasman. Developed as part of a broader Government policy, this is designed to help householders make educated decisions on how they use energy.

The results were gathered from a survey of 5000 residential properties around Australia.

Average daily electricity benchmarks are by regulation, a requirement for any residential electricity bill in Australia. These benchmarks are to be used as a guide only, as the amount of electricity any home uses, will depend on a lot of different factors. Factors such as the number of occupants, appliances and usage patterns, to start with. 

Did you know these benchmarks assume you DO NOT have a swimming pool? Therefore if you do, you are going to be using a lot more electricity than Mr. & Mrs. Average. 

To get the full insight into how the average daily electricity usage for a household in Australia is calculated, visit ENERGY MADE EASY

Enter your postcode and the number of people in your home and see what others are using in your area.

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

Baseline Electricity Usage

What Is Your Home's Baseline Electricity Usage?
Discover Your Baseline Power
Baseline Electricity Usage is a term we use at Aussie Home Energy, for electricity used by certain appliances which are operational for 24 hours a day.

During a home ELECTRICITY AUDIT our goal is to get this baseline electricity, as low as possible by powering off appliances. So we can become aware of what is using your power.

During an electricity audit the householder will often state most electrical appliances are powered off. So why do we commonly see 300 watts or more on our electricity monitor? In some homes this has been as high as 2kW! Yes it was a very big home, but all the same you do the maths on that one and it is not an electricity bill most householders would be happy paying! 

The baseline electricity we want to see is as low possible. And it needs to relate to such appliances as cordless phones, mobiles, Foxtel, clock radios, modems, air extraction fans. Everything else can be turned off during this exercise. Especially refrigeration appliance that are constantly turning on and off interfering with the monitor's readings.

Such items as ovens, microwaves, AC units, entertainment appliances can all add considerable STANDBY ELECTRICITY to the home. This is the electricity often consumed by appliances waiting for a command, from a remote or keypad.

On a 35 cent electricity tariff every 100 watts of standby electricity is costing you $306 per year! So reducing your standby electricity and knowing your baseline electricity usage is VERY IMPORTANT in keeping electricity costs down.

Unfortunately the only way to discover your home's baseline electricity usage is with a home ELECTRICITY MONITOR. All you need to know is how your home is connected to the electricity grid, for example whether your home is single or three phase. We can help you to discover this, so call us today and discover your home's baseline electricity usage and start saving off the electricity costs.

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

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Energy Made Easy Australian Government's Website

Energy Made Easy
Have you ever wondered if you have the best electricity or gas offer for your home?

Maybe you have, and have been put off by the relentless annoying door knockers of the past, from the various electricity retailers!

Well now there is an easy solution for you to gain all the information you need, without any hassle. Available from the Australian Government's Energy Made Easy website.

This website allows you to easily make an educated choice, on electricity and gas offers. In fact we have used it to find client's quite considerable savings.

You will need your electricity and gas bills before visiting this website, where you will be asked about your total energy usage and billing periods.

Visit ENERGY MADE EASY and see all of the offers available from all the energy retailers for your home. 

What we like about this site is the fact that everything is easily and fully explained in detail. Remember to read all of the fine print is detail.

If you find you still need help with reducing the electricity costs, then please visit our website and browse our electricity reduction services and products.

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

Country Energy's Time Of Use Electricity Tariff Explanation

Time Of Use Electricity Tariff Table
Time Of Use Electricity Tariff
Are you on a 'Time Of Use' electricity tariff with Essential Energy / Origin in NSW?

If so and you are not aware of your tariff switching times and costs, you need a copy of our 'Time Of Use' table for your fridge door, allowing everyone in the home to easily understand the TOU tariff.

This table highlights the times of the day where your electricity is costing you more or less. Get your copy of our 'Time Of Use' table, for your fridge door by visiting our GUIDES webpage.

Understanding your Time Of Use tariff correctly, will help you to manage your electricity usage and costs.

Did you know there are ELECTRICITY MONITORING SYSTEMS that compare different electricity tariffs with each other? Allowing you to make an educated choice based on usage and costs. 

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