Sunday, October 29, 2017

Alternate Current Cost Xively Energy Monitoring Dashboard

Current Cost LCD Energy Monitor
For those of you with a Current Cost home energy monitoring system, we thought you may be interested to know there is a far better alternative to the old stagnant Current Cost dashboard.

You may be using a Current Cost bridge or gateway to get your data onto the Current Cost dashboard. A dashboard where your data is limited in display and only displayed in 5 minute increments!

What about sending your Current Cost energy monitoring data to an energy monitoring dashboard in REAL-TIME!

You only need a hub to replace your Current Cost bridge / gateway, that's all. This new hub will scan you home for Current Cost transmitters. It's that easy, no more pairing and unpairing issues!

There are many more important reasons this exciting change will appeal to you.

Importantly for those of you with solar power, your data can still be sent to PVOutput for detailed consumption and solar analysis.

Furthermore your data can be sent to our SMART Solar Power monitoring dashboard. Where you can set up triggers to make sure you maximise any excess solar power export, by directing it to appliances within your home on autopilot, via WiFi smart plugs such as the Belkin WeMo.

So to summarise this Current Cost energy monitoring dashboard alternative:

  • 5 channels of data in 6 second realtime
  • FREE Energy Monitoring Dashboard
  • No un-pairing of existing transmitters to LCD Energy Monitor 
  • Your data still arriving on PVOutput on auto upload
  • Your data on SMART SOLAR POWER [optional] with added home automation

Upgrade Now : Visit MYCURRENTCOST UPGRADE to unfreeze your old out of date energy monitoring system and bring it some fresh exciting life! [Worldwide]

Access new features such as:

  • Email alerts for solar / consumption [PVOutput]
  • Choice of real-time mobile apps
  • Temperature, light and motion monitoring

Data To PVOuptut Service - Yes we can do that for you as well if you do not have the time nor expertise.

Jan 15th 2018 - The backdoor server Xively, for the Current Cost dashboard has been retired by LogMeIn! The Current Cost dashboard is currently frozen!

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

5 Reasons Our Solar Power Monitoring Systems Are Popular

Solar Power Monitoring Systems
Having provided many home energy monitoring systems into Aussie homes since 2010, we thought we would share some of the reasons why people say yes.

Especially when it comes to monitoring solar power, where our SOLAR POWER MONITORING solutions are sought after because they :

  • Alert you of an expensive solar power inverter issue
  • Allow you to reduce imported / exported power
  • Allow you to see if your total consumption has risen since solar
  • Supply you with the data needed to correctly size batteries
  • Offer you additional alternatives such as SOLAR EXCESS DIVERSION

Is it not the time now to maximise the use of your generated solar power?

Let us work with you get you the data which you need to be in a position to make educated decisions to help you save off the power bill.

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

How To Get Your Electricity / Solar Power Online

Aussie Home Energy Monitoring Dashboard
It's not difficult to get your electricity consumption and solar power online these days.

Developments in the online energy monitoring industry over the last five years,  have provided some really nice energy saving features.

If you have been thinking of getting your home energy data online, then there is no better time than now.

Follow these 3 easy steps to getting your home energy data online.

  • Install power box transmitters onto your consumption and solar circuits. Add any other transmitters such as 10A socket transmitters and multi-sensors for temperature, light and motion.
  • Install a gateway HUB, with access to an online home energy monitoring dashboard. The HUB connects [via LAN] to your modem / router and scans your home for all transmitters. All of the transmitters can be named with additional data being added to the dashboard configuration.
  • Once the energy monitoring dashboard is live with all transmitters displaying data, the data can be pulled off the manufacturer's dashboard and onto other dashboards, or mobile applications across many platforms.

The list of alternate dashboards and mobile applications is increasing fast.

The benefit of most of the features is often the same. In that it helps you save quickly off your electricity costs, one way or another.

Far more successful than with no energy monitoring system installed. So if the time is right for you now, to install ENERGY MONITORING in your home visit our site for all the latest information.

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

Friday, September 29, 2017

3 Proven Easy Steps To Reducing Electricity Costs

After many years of performing HOME ELECTRICITY AUDITS in NSW, we would say this is NOT always the easiest, cheapest and most accurate way to reduce electricity costs.

Though we do realise the 'comfort factor' of having a power auditor in your home, can make you feel warm and fussy, knowing a solution at last is close by.

We would say you have a far better chance of reducing electricity costs quickly, when your action is based on accurate findings and facts. With years of offering electricity reduction services and products, the following three steps will get you a better end solution.

Our three steps to reducing electricity costs are solely based on findings and fact. The primary reason for our logics is simply accuracy of data! Data is easily skewed when you rely on:

  • Questions asked in the home based on the hours an appliance is used. With often varied answers from different parties

  • Varied power usage from appliances, where it is often far different from any appliance plate power rating

The reason we are asked to perform electricity audits is primarily to find answers to high electricity costs. Therefore one needs accurate methods to be in a position to supply that same data.

Therefore we would say you need to do the following:

  1. Get Your Meter And Bill Analysed : This will check the maths of the power bill and report usage patterns. Questions can then be asked and answered based on fact. When solar power is present the meter type can be questioned and checked
  2. Correct Electricity Tariff And Best Discount : Once we have performed step 1 we will know if you are on the correct tariff for your usage pattern. We will further know if you are using power in the best way to keep costs down. You may need to change tariff. Importantly what is your 'Pay On Time' discount? Why not let us see if we can get you 20%, 25% off your electricity bill?
  3. Install Simple Electricity Monitoring : Reporting in real time on how much power you are using over any time period. Making it easier for you to discover the real reason for power usage and costs. Later if you want more granularity for certain appliances, this is easily added.

All of the above three steps focus on data. Data that is either correct or not correct [the latter relating to electricity bill errors].

So if you are looking to reduce your electricity costs quickly, using a proven system that is cheaper than an electricity audit of your home, we would say you need to perform:

3 Easy Steps To Reduce Electricity Costs

Call us today on 02 8064 3992 to get the ball rolling.....

  • METER AND BILL ANALYSIS : Making sure you're on the correct tariff type to match your usage pattern and have the best discount.

  • ENERGY MONITORING SYSTEM : Supplying you with the data you need to remain aware and be in an educated position to make changes.

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

Friday, September 8, 2017

Current Cost Efergy Energyhive Solar Diversion Dashboard

Diversion Dashboard
We are currently looking for beta testers for our new :

SMART Solar Power Diversion Dashboard

Primarily this exciting new energy monitoring and triggering dashboard, has been designed to send excess solar power on auto-pilot to appliances in the home connected via Wi-Fi Smart Plugs.

It makes more sense to use the power than send it back to the grid for little financial return.

To be included in our small selection of beta testers, you will either already have, or be willing to purchase energy monitoring equipment from us.

Compatible energy monitoring gateways / HUBs are Energyhive or Efergy with transmitters being Current Cost or Efergy.

Please contact our office to show your interest, by forwarding an email with the Subject "Beta Tester For Smart Solar Power".

You may want to visit these earlier posts on the same subject, where suitable appliances are discussed :

Please detail your current energy monitoring system or ask for more information regarding our energy monitoring solutions.

Visit SMART SOLAR POWER for more information.

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

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Check Your Energy Monitoring After A Net Meter Installation

This post is for those of you whom have, or those of you whom are looking at switching from a Gross feed in tariff electricity meter, to a Net meter. It is really important to make sure any Energy Monitoring consumption current clamps are relocated, after the net meter is installed. 

Otherwise you run the risk of your solar power feeding back through your consumption clamps. Thus your energy monitoring system will be supplying useless consumption data. Your consumption data will appear to follow the generation curve in most cases.

In most cases after the meter is changed, you will for sure NEED TO move the consumption current clamps. To change your consumption current clamps to a suitable location for net metering, please visit our SUPPORT page where we have two option for success. Both work 100%.

We are aware of a considerable number of homes in NSW, with incorrect current clamps for the consumption.

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

Friday, April 7, 2017

Best Electricity Discount For All Australians

Use Your Bargaining Power To Your Advantage
Bargain Your Best Power Deal
Did you know you can get up to 20% and MORE off your electricity usage and service fees? Well not everyone does, it appears.

Some of our METER AND BILLING ANALYSIS clients, are often getting 0% discount off their electricity bills.

These clients are on what is known as a standard agreement, with little discount. 

Great news for the electricity retailers, where the client is paying top dollar! What ever happened to the electricity retailer's Loyalty Officer?

It is the electricity retailer's 'market offers' that have the best discounts.

So what happens when you notice you have had little discount over the years and you could be saving far more? Well of course you are going to switch electricity retailers. As your existing retailer has not really done you to many favours up to this point.

Now before you jump ship, think about the bargaining power you have with your existing electricity retailer. If you are a big power user like some of our Sydney clients, then this Pay On Time discount, can even be bigger than what they advertise. 20% plus is a lot of money, especially when off a big power bill!

Big Electricity Bill Savings Are Possible
Play Your Cards Right To Win!
Bigger because when you mention the word SWITCH to your existing electricity retailer, their Client Retention Officer will be calling you 24/7 to keep your business. 

Now is the time you play one offer against the other and certainly give your existing retailer a hard time about the lack of loyalty they have so far shown. I mean they could have alerted you to the fact there were discounts! What could you have saved? Yes you are not happy!

Play your cards right and after a ten minute discussion you could get up to 28% discount with a $100 credit off your next bill. 

We have a few METER AND BILLING ANALYSIS clients receiving well over 20%.

Remember no electricity retailer wants you to jump ship! And there lack of loyalty in the past is your prime bargaining chip!

Good luck!

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

Solar Energy Monitoring With Multiple Distribution Panels

Solar Energy Monitoring With Multiple Distribution Panels
Multiple Distribution Panel Monitoring
We have become aware recently of a belief out there from some householders and electricians, that monitoring total power consumption cannot be done, when solar power is feeding into a second distribution board. 

All we can say about this misled belief is: 


And the myth been busted for many years now! So if you are one of these householders wanting to get your total power consumption monitored and your electrician is saying it cannot be done, then education is the key here!

We have created a simple document outlining where the current clamps for the consumption transmitters need to be placed for correct operation. And further explain why our ENERGY MONITORING FOR MULTIPLE DISTRIBUTION PANELS is an easy solution for all households.

If you are needing to monitor total power consumption now, especially after a switch to NET metering, then this solution is for you. 

See our SUPPORT page for all of our detailed Solar Energy Monitoring documentation and more.

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

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Aussie Power Bill Analysis Service

Power Bill Analysis TOU Versus Flat Tariff
TOU Versus Flat Tariff Comparison
You are not alone if you are wondering what the hell is going on with your power bills!

Many Aussie householders are battling head on, rising power costs. Whilst at the same time trying to get their head around some very very confusing, if not incorrect power bills!

Our AUSSIE POWER BILL ANALYSIS SERVICE has seen all kinds of errors, appear in the Australian Power Billing System. In some cases it makes you wonder how some of the electricity retailer's Billing Managers, still keep their positions!

Simple graphical and mathematical power billing errors are easy to find. Take a look at our POWER BILLING ERRORS page.

If enough is enough and you are not gaining any headway in working out what is going on with your Power Bill, then let us help you.

We will take a look at your power meter/s and four of your most recent power bills and let you know what is going on. We have been analysing power bills for over a few years now and have importantly helped many of our clients to understand and save.

We even created our own Power Bill Busting Software!

Once your meter and power bills are analysed, we will supply you with a list of electricity retailer's offers all based on your last power bill.

CALL NOW if you do not fully understand your:

  • Power Bill
  • Tariff Type
  • Metering

In some cases we have saved clients hundreds of dollars of the quarterly bill. In others thousands off their annual power costs!

Immediate Power Bill Help is available now : CALL 02 8064 3992

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

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!

Now that is quite a saving! 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.

Imagine being able to send your solar power to appliances on auto pilot, instead of back to the grid for little financial return. Check out :

Easy Excess Solar Power Diversion

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.
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