Friday, August 29, 2014

10G Wireless Broadband Data For 365 Days

Wireless Broadband Data
10G DATA lasting for a year? At first we thought this was a joke!

Amaysim who use the Optus network have this offer on their website. This is a great solution for those of you whom either have no ADSL, or have only so far found expensive wireless broadband options.

This wireless broadband data plan is ideal for uploading home electricity consumption and solar data to an ONLINE ELECTRICITY MONITORING portal.

At $99.90 for 10G of data this works out to a low $8.32 per month over a year. That is $8.32 / 1G which simply is a great offer for wireless broadband. And if you use the data prior to 365 days, you simply renew the 10G / 365 Day plan. Amaysim has other great offers for voice and data. 

We have now switched to Amaysim after issues of running out of data on a monthly plan and occurring excess data charges. Then of course sometimes the data paid for, is not used. This way the data and the cost is more matched correctly to our monthly needs.

Visit AMAYSIM today for a great deal.


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

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

3G GSM SIM Based Electricity Monitoring Data Logger

3G GSM SIM Online Power Monitoring
Are you looking for an electricity monitoring system, with a SIM based wireless broadband connection?

If so we have a power monitoring solution for you. 

By adding a 3G Wireless Gateway device to any of our ONLINE ELECTRICITY MONITORING solutions, you can now easily get the data online.

Currently we have tested a 3G wireless gateway using an Optus voice and data SIM card. We have successfully uploaded data from the monitor to the online portal. Only minor configuration of the 3G wireless gateway was required during the setup.

The 3G device further allows you to make phone calls by simply plugging in a basic landline phone and besides the four LAN ports, creates a wireless network allowing for the connection of other computer / mobile based devices.

For those of you with no ADSL [often country Australia] you now have an easy solution for getting your electricity consumption / solar power online. 


Online Monitoring Showing ADSL To SIM Success


You may have looked at a SIM based monitoring option already and due to high cost of wireless broadband fees per month, decided it was not for you. Well we have discovered a 10G data pack costing $100, that lasts for 365 days. Doing the maths this works out to only $8.32 per month with 832MB of data per month. Plenty of data for the simple uploading of your electricity / solar data.

We will be adding the 3G devices to our website in due course. In the meantime we are happy to discuss all options with you for your monitoring needs.

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

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Service For Converting Old Electrical Appliances To LED Lights

Old Electrical Appliance To LED Conversion
Have you got any old electrical appliances around your home, that are broken and not repairable? 

Does the idea of having those appliances recycled into a cool looking LED light interest you? Well now you have the chance to rebirth those old appliances, into something of use again!

Whilst the appliance may be not worth repairing back to it's old form, it sure can be worth converting it to an LED light? Imagine having your own individual LED creation!

What about an old retro Braun Super Compact 1200W hairdryer from the 80's. converted into a SuperCool LED light, looking at home in any bathroom.

Or the Ronson Blender, now converted into an LED light suited to any kitchen wanting an artistic addition. 

Currently we are 100% sure you will not find another of the above items anywhere on the planet! So if you want to boast to your friends you have the world's first LED appliance of your choice, then you need to call us.

Ronson LED One Touch Blender
You may not have got around to throwing out the appliance due to it's sentimental value or the fact that even though it is broken it is a cherished item of choice for you.

Well you now have the choice of having it converted to an LED light, where you once again can enjoy it's presence in your home.

Visit the LOW ENERGY LIGHT page on our website where we detail how you get started on the process of getting your old electrical appliances converted to COOL looking LED lights for your home. 

All of our conversions are low voltage 12 volt LED's and the appliance doe not necessarily have to be an old electrical appliance.

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, August 20, 2014

What Can I Learn By Monitoring Home Power

Online Home Power Monitoring
A common question indeed asked by many Aussie householders, whom are looking to gain control of their electricity bill once more. 

Depending on where the monitor's data is hosted online, or what software is used to connect to the HOME POWER MONITOR, the list is complex. 

Here are a few features and benefits gained by monitoring home power usage.


  • Circuit level / appliance monitoring
  • Live updates on usage / costs
  • Solar power output / alerts
  • Appliances on / power used / power alerts
  • Power saved / money spent
  • Standby power costs / alerts
  • Forecast consumption / solar generation
  • Information analysis / awareness
  • Faulty / non efficient appliance awareness / alerts 

To maximse electricity savings we recommend an ONLINE POWER MONITORING solution, where information is easily accessible and offers most of the above features and benefits.
This blog post brought to you by Aussie Home Energy, a major player in the HOME ELECTRICITY SAVING SERVICES industry in Australia.

How To Make Solar Power A Successful Investment

Making Solar PV Successful
No one would argue that by installing solar power on the roof of your home, you are going to save off electricity costs.

It's not always the gross or net 'feed in tariff', that's reducing the home's electricity costs though. How much you save and how quickly, all depends on the correct matching and sizing of the solar system to your needs. 


Especially important when you are connecting to the grid via a NET meter, which is common now across a lot of parts of Australia.

Any home or small business around Australia can now directly offset the electricity used during the 'sunny hours' of the day. This offsetting of electricity is separate to any form of gross or net feed gain. It simply relies on you knowing what you use under the roof and what is using the power when the sun is shining.

The simple system of electricity offsetting seems to have been forgotten, or was not fully understood by many Aussie householders we visit during our ELECTRICITY AUDITING SERVICES. It is not uncommon to hear a householder complaining their solar system is not making money, especially when they are ONLY looking at the power exported, for a small six or eight cent return. This of course is a miss-understanding by the householder and should have been fully understood during the time of sale, yet it is not. Shocking is the fact it has often in the past not been explained by the sales person either.

Currently in NSW offsetting home electricity costs during the 'sunny hours, can mean a possible $641 per year off the electricity bill by installing a small 1.5kW solar power system! With a 3kW system generating a possible staggering $7000 of electricity above the roof over five years, based on a 5% increase per year on a 30 cent tariff.

Now that is something that needs to be understood you would think by every householder looking to save big time on electricity costs. And how long is the expected life of the solar system? Well we can say on average around twenty-five years. So that is a lot of free electricity from the sun, is it not? And as electricity prices rise so do those electricity savings!

It's a fact also that by offsetting your home electricity during the daytime, you can even save more $$$ off the electricity bill, compared to the recent NSW Government's 20 cent gross feed system!

You just need to understand the maths and be using the power under the roof in those sunny hours of the day to maximise your solar investment. To learn more about making solar power into a successful investment visit our NET FIT METERING & BILLING.


Sep 2015 : See our addition to this post, where we discuss a great SOLAR PV MONITORING ANDROID APP suitable for all net metering environments.

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

Over 100 FREE Electricity Saving Articles

Yes we have on this Electricity Saving Blog almost 125 blog posts discussing all kinds of subjects related to electricity reduction and savings, for Aussie householders and small business. 

Besides using the menu to the right on this blog, why not see the full listing on our ELECTRICITY SAVING ARTICLES 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.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Q. When Is Standby Power Close To Normal Power?

Discover Hidden Standby Power
The answer to this question is when the power rating is close to the normal operating power. Standby power is often far less than 10% of an appliance's normal power rating and is decreasing all the time due to changes in technology and design.

After testing a few older entertainment appliances for standby and normal power, we were amazed to see some older appliances almost using the same power in standby mode, as when the appliance is turned on in normal mode.

On testing a set top box for a normal power rating the reading was 10.92 watts +/- 0.5W. The standby power for this same appliance being 10.40 watts +/- 0.5W. The appliance in question with these results is the Homecast STB eM-1150.

It makes you wonder why the manufacturer even bothered adding a switch, when all it does is reduce the power rating by only a few percent.

As mentioned standby power can be anywhere from 10% or less of normal operating power. With recently released electrical appliances, this standby power has been reduced further due to the normal power ratings being reduced by design and technological improvements.

A lot of manufacturers are now offering an on/off switch to make sure there is 100% no standby power.


For more on the cost of hidden standby power, visit our STANDBY POWER page.

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

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Correct Measurement Of Import / Export Using Ausgrid's TOU Meters


http://aussiehomeenergy.com.au/html/solar_pv_meters.html
Metering Makes BIG Differences In ROI
We are happy to see Ausgrid's online metering information now removes any ambiguity regarding the best import / export electricity meter, for correct / beneficial output towards the end user.

Ausgrid's report states the following,

Where net metering is installed to record bi-directional energy, the metering equipment used by Ausgrid registers the addition of the instantaneous power flows in each phase.


In three phase installations this is particularly important where a single phase embedded generation system is installed.

The following example illustrates how the meter will record energy.

If the following, unity power factor current is flowing through the meter,



  • A Phase 8 Amps consumption (1.84kW @ 230V AC)
  • B Phase 12 Amps consumption (2.76kW @ 230V AC)
  • C Phase 7 Amps generation (1.61kW @ 230V AC)

The resultant power flow registered by the meter would be,


+1.84kW + 2.76kW – 1.61kW = +3.0kW towards the premise.
 

The above statement should now help anyone whom is thinking of installing solar, from falling into some of the past traps,


  • Incorrect metering installed resulting in reduced electricity offsetting
  • Incorrect metering installed resulting in increased exporting of power
  • Being sold a larger three phase inverter because the home is three phase, when a single phase matched to sunny hour usage would have done the job, with the correct poly-phase meter installed

Visit our Solar Power pages to see more of Ausgrid's statement and also learn more about NET FIT METERING & BILLING and the TYPES OF NET METER. Knowledge that will certainly help you maximise your solar investment.


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

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Monitoring The Time Of Use Electricity Tariff

Monitoring You TOU Costs In Realtime
We get a lot of inquires about whether the TIME OF USE ELECTRICITY TARIFF is supported by our home electricity monitoring solutions.

This electricity tariff is often applied when a client switches to a supposed smart metering system. 

An issue that often arises with this kind of metering, is that you can ONLY see the total power used via the electronic electricity meter.

NOT the information in fact you need, to learn about each time slice of the TOU electricity tariff. This renders the reading in the electricity meter pretty useless we would say.

So here comes an online power monitoring solution with TOU electricity tariff support. Where you can easily see the usage and costs of peak, shoulder and off-peak power. Not in three months time when your electricity bill arrives, but NOW in realtime.

This is an electricity tariff often sold by retailers, as the tariff that easily allows you to manage your power costs. HOW is that possible? Not at all we would argue, when there is simply no valid data available!

By using the Aussie Home Energy ONLINE ELECTRICITY MONITORING SOLUTIONS, you will now be able to see your usage and your costs for the TOU tariff easily. 


This solution finally giving you the tools you need to manage your TOU electricity usage and costs!  

If you are thinking of switching to the TOU electricity tariff and want to know if it will save you, then why not use an ELECTRICITY MONITOR beforehand to compare electricity tariffs side by side based on the usage in your home.

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

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Solar PV Inverter Problems On The Rise

Solar PV Inverter Problems?
Have you got or had problems with your solar power inverter? If so you will obviously know how costly that was in lost revenue!

Like any new appliance in the home, when a solar pv system is installed it's frequently checked on a daily or weekly basis initially.

Our research is showing, it is not taking long for this solar inverter checking, to soon be forgotten. Couple this with a little knowledge of the electricity bill and power analysis and there is a recipe for disaster.

It is therefore quite easy to see how a solar inverter that has problems, can go unnoticed for sometime. After all there is no alert system!

Solar inverter problems can cost you dearly, with either NO Gross FIT credit, or NO Net FIT electricity offsetting or exporting.

There are many reasons problems may occur with a solar systems inverter such as,

  • Shoddy Installation - A symptom of a shoddy solar power installation can often be where a household's energy bill does not change after the install. We will assume here the usage patterns have remained the same, as before the install. Commonly the post solar electricity bill will show little reduction of the total power cost. Your system may not be generating the required power to offset your imported power. It could even be not offsetting but exporting your power!
  • NET Meter – The choice or install of the NET meter may be affecting the gain of your solar power installation. We discuss this in depth on our SOLAR NET METERING page on our website.
  • Quality Of Inverter - You may have bought a rather inefficient badly designed cheap solar inverter, where the quality is to blame. The panels may not be matched best to the particular model of inverter and also be suffering from quality and design issues.
  • No Sunny Hour Usage - You may not be using as much power as was estimated, during the sunny hours of the day. With NET metering you could be simply exporting most of the power back to the grid for little return, as you are not using it. See our NET FIT METERING &BILLING page on our website for more details.
  • Act Of Nature – Lighting can easily create a malfunction with any solar inverter. Note this kind of damage is NOT covered by warranty. So make sure the solar power system is added to the home insurance. This usually costs little, just needing to be listed to be covered.
  • Maths – You may have not understood the maths for the reason you initially installed the solar power system. 
  • Other Causes - Unprofessional practice of many types, which has occurred in the past it seems.


If you are one of the householders whom have had issues with any of the above or are now thinking twice, then we have a solution. Yes you need to install a simple monitoring system to keep you alerted of what is happening on your roof. 
 
As we know you will have placed considerable finance into your solar power investment, it only makes sense to spend 'small change' to keep the investment on track.

And if you want to save further, our ELECTRICITY MONITORING SYSTEMS allow you to see also your electricity consumption under the roof. Helping you to save more and offset the cost of the solar power monitoring solution.

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

Where Cheap Electricity Monitors Fail

There is almost a plague of cheap electricity monitors out there on the internet these days. When we first started researching for reliable accurate electricity monitoring solutions, back in 2009 it was a completely different story.

The concept behind monitoring electricity is to create an awareness of what is going on with electricity usage and costs. Minimum requirements for successful electricity monitoring are therefore,


  • Accurate data
  • Varied methods of data output
  • Easy delivery of data to the user
  • 24/7 data updates
  • Data analysis

Additional requirements are not limited to,



  • Multiple circuits support by cable clamp or plug-in transmitters
  • Easy to see 'at a glance' a large LCD screen full of important data
  • PC, online or mobile app data analysis and power alerts
  • Reliable and robust hardware
  • Manufacturer / distributor support

Two of the biggest failures with cheap electricity monitors, are the hardware design and reliability. Add to this the flexibility of being able to support the needs of the end user. Simply put, some of the cheap electricity monitors only meet a very limited number of the user's needs.

The hardware chosen needs to be reliable, easy to install, robust, proven, well supported by documentation and supported by any customer service that gets an issue fixed fast.

So let us look at some of the reasons, why cheap electricity monitors are not worth the gamble.


This list is compiled from our research and that of our electricity monitoring clients, whom have in some cases been duped by these inferior energy monitors.

  • No mains power option for the monitor, meaning a total reliance on AA / AAA batteries
  • Battery life is very short, with no alert to any 'battery low on life' issue
  • Leaking batteries when not changed quickly, resulted in end of life, for the monitor
  • Difficult to understand documentation
  • Unreliable pairing of the transmitter to the electricity monitor
  • Range of transmission poor, due to lack of frequency strength
  • Inferior electronic components
  • Pairing and transmission of data, easily affected by electronic interference in the home
  • Portability issues due to a lack of mains power, meaning the monitor is easily mislaid or damaged in the home
  • No fixed place in the home for easy proven 'at a glance' monitoring, where everyone can see the monitoring data and act if so
  • Flimsy easy to break cable clamps, with inferior plugs and sockets
  • Cable clamps that only support a small power rating, before the range of error increases
  • Transmitter to monitor transmit frequencies to long, meaning data is inaccurate
  • Certain features not relevant for Mr. Average, such as total current
  • One appliance / circuit ONLY supported, meaning home total electricity only
  • No USB connection for PC data analysis
  • Software application of poor quality, with cable driver issues
  • No option to get the data online
  • Limited online portals, with monthly costs

What we are finding is this list of issues with cheap electricity monitors, is still increasing from our own research and that of our monitoring clients, whom were duped by these cheaper alternatives.

A lot of these issue could be simply fixed you would think by good Q & A.

Three classics failures that come to mind are,


  • Cheap Electricity Monitor #1 supported alkaline batteries or mains power via an adaptor. Problem being the electronics charged the batteries which resulted in battery leakage [on a varnished table] and the risk of fire, due to the heat of the batteries. The manufacturer was very happy indeed to hear of that failure. It seems though little was done with the design and there was a lack of product recall.
  • Cheap Electricity Monitor #2 used a flip out stand to sit on the desk for easy visuals. When connected to a PC for analysis, the monitor could not be supported by the stand due to the USB being sited at the base. Problem being bad design / position of USB port.
  • Cheap Electricity Monitor #3 could have the transmission frequency from the transmitter to the monitor set from 6 seconds to around 5 minutes! The 6 second frequency which is quite a standard these days, resulted in the transmitter's batteries failing in a month. And at 5 minutes the data at the end of the exercise would be useless.

At the end of the day, you simply get what you pay for when it comes to any successful ELECTRICITY MONITORING SOLUTION.  


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

Thursday, May 15, 2014

4.5 Inch Screen Plug In Socket Wireless Electricity Monitor

Plug In Power Monitor
Have you noticed how a lot of plug in style electricity monitors, suffer from having a very small LCD screen.

And when your power outlets are sited almost at floor level or in very hard to see locations, you will need a Diploma In Pilates to see what you are using and how much it is costing.

The solution is a plug in socket transmitter that sends the data used by the appliance, via a wireless connection to a nice large easy to see 4.5 inch LCD monitoring screen.

Now how cool is that? No more pilates, reading glasses and torches!

The range from any socket to the monitor is good up to around 100m line of sight.

Check out this great PLUG IN SOCKET WIRELESS ELECTRICITY MONITOR solution on our website. Easily expandable up to ten socket outlets. Even the whole house!

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

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Home Electricity Monitoring Features And Benefits


Successful Electricity Monitoring
Over the last few years Aussie Home Energy has been a major player, with the introduction of home electricity monitoring to many Aussie householders. 

Whilst there are many home energy monitors out there on the market today, it can be confusing for the 'monitoring newbie' to decide what features and benefits are going to be important.



So to make it easy for you, to decide what to choose for your HOME ELECTRICITY MONITORING solution, here are a few features and benefits  our clients are often very interested about, when making their choice of electricity monitoring solution.



  • Multi-Channel – Monitoring more than one channel is important,as it helps to pin point high usage appliances. Seeing only the total household usage does not always supply enough information as to what is using the power, only when . Up to 10 circuits / appliances in total can be monitored
  • Unlimited LCD Monitors – Get the data you need, in more than one location in your home, in the office and in the kitchen
  • Electricity Consumption & Solar Power – If you have solar power installed then it is important to see what you are generating and using, especially in a NET FIT environment. Now you also have an instant alert to any solar inverter issue
  • Display And Analyse – Having an instant easy to read display in the home is a major tool for reducing electricity. Having the option to analyse the data stored in the monitor, by using PC software or online web portals, increases the reduction of electricity costs
  • Large LCD Screen Display – Easy at a glance readings. The large LCD display showing detailed information on the kWh usage for 1,7,31 days. Cost and kWh in realtime. Comparison of usage with yesterday and Up / Down costs
  • Adjustable Settings - Clock, currency, kWh, $, tariff types [TOU support online]
  • FREE PC Software – Add a USB cable to analyse the electricity monitor's data 
  • Online Web Portals – For 24/7 access from anywhere with NO monthly fees
  • Mobile Apps – A large collection of online mobile apps for all mobile phones
  • Email Alerts – Easily created for consumption levels, standby power or solar power issues, when the data is online
  • Solar PV Net / Gross Monitoring – Easily see imported, exported, used power when the data is online
  • Solar PV Insolation – See the performance of your solar power system and compare to other users, when the data is online
  • Clamp & Plug-in Socket Transmitters – All types of circuits easily monitored in the home, via current clamp or plug-in socket type transmitters
  • Fixed Position Monitoring – The LCD monitor is mains powered, meaning the monitor remains in one place, where everyone in the home knows where to look for detailed electricity usage and cost information. Being sited in one position in the home, reduces the chance of accidental breakage or losing the monitor, as is the case with battery powered monitors
  • Deep Analysis Of Data – Choice of PC software or online web portals
  • Mains Powered Monitor – 24/7 reliability of monitoring. No constant replacing of AA / AAA batteries with the risk of leakage, if not changed asap. Battery power only also increasing the chance of data loss due to the late changing of the batteries
  • Portability – By adding a AA battery power pack, your monitor easily becomes portable to assist with installation
  • Extra Long Transmitter Life – Easy to replace D Type batteries lasting approximately 7 years. Eliminates changing the batteries every six months or so as with AA / AAA
  • Monitor 2 DIY Electricity AUDIT Tool – Simply add a AA battery supply, audit forms and spreadsheet, to perform your own walk around your home DIY ELECTRICITY AUDIT
  • Single Dual Three Phase Support – The current clamp transmitters support all electricity supply options up to a 100A per phase
  • Strong Transmitter Signal – Super strong signal to punch through bricks n mortar. The strength of the signal is important to reduce pairing issues and dropouts of data
  • Optional Transmitter Signal Upgrade – Easily changed to 150m+ for those solar arrays down in the paddock
  • Monitoring Systems Configured – Aussie Home Energy configures all monitoring systems to the client's needs prior to dispatch
  • Online Portal Setup – For a small fee the online portals are configured for you



Have you taken note of the important features and benefits of monitoring for yourself? We hope so, as you now should be in a position to make a well educated choice for your monitoring solution.

If you have further questions on the above, then by all means call our office and we will do our best to assist you. A pdf document with the above information is available for download from our SUPPORT page.

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

Metal Window Frames Can Boost Mobile Phone Signals


Metal Window Frame Boosts Mobile Signal
Are you suffering from your mobile phone having a poor signal strength and going flat all of the time?

Have you got a metal window frame in your home, facing towards the mobile antenna?

Our tests show metal window frames appear to boost the signal strength of mobile phones.

Simply place your mobile phone in the bottom of the metal frame, flat against the glass and see the level of reception increase by a couple of bars. The phone only has to come out of the frame a couple of cm to lose this 'metal window frame' effect.

To stop talking to the window pair a bluetooth headset to the phone or use a plugin headset. Talking to the window is not a good look!

This easy solution during testing, stopped dropouts whilst using the phone as a mobile hotspot and from the phone going flat quickly due to it searching for a signal all the time.

This solution may not work for everyone, but is definitely worth a try before looking for another phone, or simply giving up on the idea of a mobile phone, when in certain country areas of Australia.

Our tests used aluminium window frames [1980 style] where we placed a wooden dowel horizontally in the base of the frame, to keep the phones against the glass. This keeps the phone more usable in the side position. Phones tested were an LG TU550 [Telstra Blue Tick] on the Telstra Next G network and a Huawei Sonic on the Optus network. The Huawei showed the greatest improvement in signal strength and this is most likely due to the test location being on the edge of the Optus signal.

Testing proved no dropouts during a 72 hour period when using the Huawei as a portable hotspot and good phone call quality, compared to normal where the call dropped out. 

If the above works for you, why not leave a comment on this blogpost, or one of our social network accounts, listed at the bottom of this blog.
This blog post and podcast brought to you by Aussie Home Energy, a major player in the HOME ELECTRICITY REDUCTION SERVICE industry in Australia.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Solar Power Inverter Alert System

Peace Of  Mind With 24/7 Solar PV Alerts
As solar power inverters age, so does the risk of the inverter suffering a malfunction. Not forgetting those acts of God, that can trip the inverter at anytime.

When was the last time you checked the output of your solar power inverter? What have you in place to get an instant alert of any type of issue?

An easy solution to keep you updated on the health of your solar power inverter 24/7, is to monitor the inverter online.

Once the data is online you will be able to get alerts for,

  • Power outage
  • Idle system
  • Low output
  • Performance

Along with all the standard features and benefits of an excellent online web portal, designed specifically for solar power system owners. Add the analysis of your electricity consumption as well, to get standby power alerts and high usage alerts. 

Visit our website to learn more about our SOLAR PV INVERTER ALERT SOLUTIONS, designed to keep you covered 24/7 and supply you with all the information you will ever need for power analysis.

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

Sunday, April 13, 2014

World's 1st Wall Mounted Wooden Solar Power Monitor

Artistic Wooden Solar PV Monitor
If you've ever had an issue with your solar inverter, you will be very aware that time is of the essence when it comes to becoming aware of the issue. As any downtime will be costing you dearly in lost revenue. 

SOLAR POWER MONITORING SYSTEMS are easily available nowadays, where the data can be easily in your face 24/7, on your computer, the internet or your mobile device. But what about on your wall? We hear of big easy to read LCD displays, but what about a solar power monitor with an easy to see display, taking up the entire wall? And all made of wood!

This is what those ingenius students at Stanford University have designed. As part of their sustainable house project called 'Start Home', where they are researching energy efficient appliances and ways to get off the power grid, they have designed what we would say, is the world's first wall mounted wooden solar power monitor.

Featuring a series of opposing wooden slats which fan out or slide together, relating to the solar system's efficiency and consumption of power in the home. Watch the video for an insight, we certainly praise the students for their ingenius, yet quirky design.


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

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Smartphone Electricity Monitoring Apps

Smartphone Electricity Monitoring
The ability to get your electricity consumption or solar power data, onto your smartphone nowadays, is not rocket science. 

Though most of you are probably unaware, of the fast pace at which these easy to use mobile electricity monitoring solutions, have developed over the last few years.


Once an ONLINE ELECTRICITY MONITORING system is installed in your home, the data is sent to an online web portal, where it is easily accessed via a SMARTPHONE ELECTRICITY MONITORING APP.



A smartphone electricity monitoring app, will supply you with fingertip access to the information you need about your electricity consumption and generation, no matter where you are.

Sep 2015 : See our addition to this post, where we discuss a great SOLAR PV MONITORING ANDROID APP suitable for all net metering environments.


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

Current Cost Monitor Data To PVOutput Worldwide Service

Current Cost ENVI/R Monitor
What we are offering here is a service, to get the data from your Current Cost ENVIR monitor, onto PVOutput.

PVOutput is a great web portal for monitoring both electricity consumption and solar power generation. The site though is very complex and like any open source site, comes with a complex learning curve to getting the system setup correctly.

So if you are lacking the time to learn, or the technical expertise to perform this task, we can help you. This is a worldwide service, to anyone with a Current Cost ENVI/R energy monitor.

For more information please visit our SERVICES page, where you can find all of the information you need to get the ball rolling.

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

In-Home Electricity Displays

In-Home Electricity Display
In-home electricity displays are a proven way for householders to easily see in real-time, detailed information on their electricity usage and costs.

Independent and various Government research, has shown time and time again, a family having access to this missing electricity data, can interact in real-time with electrical appliances in the home, to help reduce the future electricity bill.

These interactive IN-HOME ELECTRICITY MONITORS provide information about real-time electricity usage and costs, along with daily, weekly and monthly consumption.

Trials around the globe have shown in-home electricity displays, can slash on average anywhere from 5 to 18% off the electricity bill.

These electricity monitoring systems, are easily upgraded to monitor any circuit in the home, be it solar power, an air conditioning system or the granny flat.

The data collected by an in-home electricity display, can be further analysed using computer software or uploaded in real-time to an online web portal, where it can be accessed from anywhere in the world, via any mobile device.
Is it not the time you installed the missing electricity dashboard for your home?

Sep 2015 : See our addition to this post, where we discuss a great SOLAR PV MONITORING ANDROID APP [realtime display] suitable for all net metering environments.

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

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Online Electricity Monitoring Solutions

24/7 Online Electricity Monitoring
Over the last few years there have been many advancements in online electricity monitoring technologies. 

Now it is all very easy and affordable for the Aussie householder, to get home electricity consumption and solar power generation data online, for detailed analysis and alert purposes.

A cloud based electricity monitoring solution, can display your electricity data in easy or complex display modes, making it the ideal choice to suit everyone's needs.


If you are short of available time or the expertise required to getting your data online, at Aussie Home Energy we have an easy solution. We have bundled the electricity monitoring hardware with a setup service, making this a fast hassle free experience for you.


Your choice of hardware, will be based on whether you are monitoring electricity consumption, or solar power, or both. The only other requirement affecting the choice of monitoring solution, will be based on the number of phases you have in each situation.

All systems are preconfigured and tested to your requirements, before dispatch. These 'plug n play', online electricity monitoring systems, will allow you to see the data you need, in your face, online, or on your mobile device.

Now there is nothing to stop you, from seeing the power you are generating, importing, using or exporting.

Visit our ONLINE ELECTRICITY MONITORING page for all the latest information.


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

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Free Electricity Monitoring Software Applications

Free Electricity Monitoring Software
If you have a Current Cost LCD Energy Monitor and are looking for free home electricity and solar monitoring software apps, to run on Windows OS, then we would suggest you take a look at our updated SOFTWARE page. 

On the other hand if you are looking for the same to run on Linux, Raspberri Pi or MAC then our LINKS page would be the better solution. Where we highlight more complex / developer electricity monitoring software applications.



Also on our website is a FREE ONLINE ENERGY MONITORING DASHBOARD, where you can track your total electricity consumption, solar generated power and household appliances, all easily from anywhere on any device.



Now of course there is less of an excuse to not be monitoring your consumption or solar generated power. Remember this you can only increase your energy savings, when adding an energy monitoring solution to your home. Finally giving you the feedback you have not had up to now! 

The Current Cost multi-channel LCD Energy Monitor is not available anymore in Australia. We aim to keep the software apps for this great monitor on the SOFTWARE and LINKS pages.

The trend now in energy monitoring is to place energy data online via an Energy Monitoring Dashboard. Where features and benefits are easily added almost overnight. Far out winning the issue where energy monitors could only be upgraded by a change of firmware or redesign. 

If you are not familiar with what currently is on offer, once your energy data is posted online, then we would suggest this page :



This post updated October 2016. Brought to you by Aussie Home Energy, a major player in the HOME ELECTRICITY REDUCTION SERVICE industry in Australia.
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