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.
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