Thursday, June 30, 2016

Why Not Send Solar Export To Appliances On AutoPilot?

When you are NET metered your solar power if not used by your appliances, is simply exported back to the grid. And in some cases for little financial return ie four to six cents!

Now whilst you can turn appliances on / off to use this power off the roof instead of exporting, in some cases it is simply to hard.

To hard due to you being at work or you do not have the time whilst at home for such a task. So what about if you could get this to happen on autopilot?

What we mean here is you direct the excess power ie exported power to a switched outlet in your home. Now this switched outlet could be connected to a long list of appliances such as:

  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Portable air conditioner
  • Electric heater
  • Heated towel rail
  • Storage heater
  • Air to air heat source pump
  • Small immersion heater
  • Electric slow cooker
  • Water pump
  • Charging electronics / 12 volt car batteries
  • Charging a golf buggy
  • Charging an electric car
  • Hot tub
  • Pool pump cleaner
  • Pool heater

Each 10A switched outlet is limited to a maximum power rating of 2400W. Meaning that is 2.4kW of export being used smartly. Importantly maximising your solar power investment's financial return.

Now if your exporting 10kW a day, that is only 60 cents return @ 6 cent per kW. Though powering your appliances via the 10A switched outlet, that same power has just saved you $2.20 off imported power costs [based on 22 cents per kWh]

As you can see that is a SMART POWER SAVING idea! Now if that was the case for only half of the year, it compares to:

  • An export return of $109
  • Or an import offset return of $400!  

Now if your interested in such an idea, then why not visit our SMART SOLAR POWER Dashboard for all the information?

Diverting Your Excess Power

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

Are You Being Screwed By Your Electricity Retailer?

This is an interesting question which unfortunately Aussie householders cannot answer. Simply due to them not having a clue about their current electricity billing, due to not spending anytime looking at their electricity bills! 

It seems 'Paid and filed' is the norm and then to await the next electricity bill.

Great for us, as it keeps us busy with our ELECTRICITY METER & BILLING ANALYSIS SERVICE

Though the question still arises. We would have to say for you to know if your not being screwed, you would have to know:

  • If you are on a tariff suited to your usage patterns, ie Time Of Use V Flat rate or tiered rate
  • If your tariff cost is the best you can get, with or without any discounts

Now what electricity retailers will not do is call you! To offer you a better deal. It is up to you to ask for a better deal or do some homework on other retailers offers.

Sometimes simply a phone call to the electricity retailer will result in a 20% discount or more off usage charges. 

You importantly need to makesure the initial cost of the price per kWh is not being marked up first though, as this does occur! A little bit of Bad Faith we would have to say....

Now whilst some of you may think 20% is not a lot, it can be. A large home in Sydney recently analysed, could have:

SAVED $4800 Off electricity bills over six months

Simply if they had had a 20% discount applied! In fact there was no discount at all being offered and this is by one of the big four electricity retailers. Bad Faith again we would have to say, when this home was spending considerable funds on their electricity costs for their home.

So what do you need to do is homework! Or call us to analyse your electricity bills for you and get you a better deal.

Visit our ELECTRICITY METER & BILLING ANALYSIS SERVICE page for all the information.

Now whilst the electricity retailer is not obviously trying to screw you, they could be offering you better deals on autopilot a bit similar to what some of the mobile phone carriers do. 

We know for sure the electricity retailer's Client Loyalty Officer is often away from his desk! But what about that Client Retention Office whom hounds the hell out of you, when you mention you are looking for a switch for a better deal. Funny that!

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

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

BEWARE : AGL Electricity Bill Scam

Looks like the online scammers are now trying it on, with the electricity billing system here in Australia! 

You need to be aware if you are an AGL client, there is a scam going around asking for payment of fake electricity bills. 

A few basics will show you the email is a scam, these being:

  • The sender of the email is not AGL
  • Hovering over any links with your mouse, will clearly show you a non AGL address. In our case a Russian based link

The best thing to do in all cases if you are not sure, is simply DELETE the email.

AGL are aware of the SPOOF and advise you HERE dated 1st June 2016 on what to do.

See the report via The Herald Sun HERE with a clear example of what the email looks like.

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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