Aussie Home Energy Client Support
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Information is focused primarily towards supporting our home energy reduction clients. Additional information can be found on our GUIDES & FAQ pages and further our Electricity Saving BLOG.
Home Electricity Audit Support
What Is Your Home Using In Standby Electricity? What Are The Costs?
Householders Shocked : Many of our clients are when we point out the true costs of their 24/7 electricity standby discovered in their homes, during an ELECTRICITY AUDIT. Remember this, every 100 watts of 24/7 electrical standby over a three month period, equates to the equivalent of ONE of the following scenarios:
- A small pool pump operating for TWO DAYS every week in the summer!
- A TWO hour roast in the electric oven FOUR times a week, every week!
- A 51 cm CRT television being left on 24/7, plus a 25 watt standing light!
Your Not Alone : Many householders are shocked at the cost of standby power. We will educate you and make sure there is no standby electricity used in your home, ever again.
The Truth Hard To Believe : Imagine a plasma television is on 24/7 electrical standby. Now costing more on standby, than compared to the hours it is watched! Now this does sound ridiculous!
Add Clarity : Read our guide on STANDBY ELECTRICITY compiled to help you reduce electricity costs the easy way. See our blog posting STANDBY ELECTRICITY IN AUSTRALIA 50 WATTS 24/7
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Energy Reduction Services
Home Sustainability Support : Ex Government Green Loans 2010
The following information relates to the service to householders of a Green Financial Loan on behalf of the Australian Federal Government.
NEW Solar Bonus Scheme : The NSW Government's scheme commenced on 1 January 2010.
The NSW Solar Bonus Scheme credits customers with a "gross" feed-in tariff rate per kilowatt hour [kWh] for all the electricity generated by their solar photovoltaic (PV) system.
Systems connected before 27/10/2010 or installed before 18/11/2010 received a tariff of 0.60 cents per kW. Due to the NSW state reaching a 50 MW cap, the rate for all others after this time was reduced to 0.20 cents per kW.
The new state cap is 300 MW, for the total number of installed customers.
ENDS DEC 2016 : What is your plan for the end of the NSW SBS? Are you ready? See this article for more information and links GETTING READY FOR THE END OF THE NSW SBS
To maximize the investment of any solar system, electricity usage under the roof must first be reduced. This is very important on all types of grid feed system! See how a small amount of standby electricity can reduce your investment in a big way, visit SOLAR PV GAIN
Washing Machines With NO Hot Water Connection : When your thinking of installing either Solar Hot Water or a NEW washing machine you need to READ THIS! Householders are being caught out by these marketed energy efficient models!
Some of the latest front loading washing machines, ONLY have a cold water input. The manufacturers state it is more efficient to heat the small amount of water in a front loader, using the heating element of the washing machine!
This may be so if you have a large or inefficient / gas or electric HW Heater. And the same may apply when compared to the larger amount of water, a top loader uses! We doubt the claim though as often the washer is operated during on-peak in the day, whereas the HW is heated using off-peak electricity.
What is not taken into account, is the fact more households are using and installing Solar Hot Water to be more efficient.
A NEW trend is occurring with front loading washing machines only having a cold water connection. Now this will simply leave your Solar heated HW on the roof!
It cannot be accessed as there is no plumbing! If you wash on cold water all the time then these front loaders are a great solution! But when you use a hot water program, you will in fact be using more energy and not the free from the sun Solar HW already on your roof!
Our suggestion is too install a washing machine with ONLY cold water input when:
- You have an inefficient HW system. [Check your bill for the HW cost]
- You have NO SOLAR HW
- You are not intending to install Solar HW
- You only wash frequently with the COLD WASH program
If you are going to be using hot water and it is already on the roof, then you need to make sure your washing machine choice will use that water! Read the instructions carefully!
Connecting Hot / Cold Water To The Dishwasher - With some of the latest models it is an option to connect to either hot or cold water. If you intend to maximize the use of your Solar HW and keep electricity costs at a minimum, advise your plumber of this fact.
Note not all dishwashers can be connected to hot water! It is further recommended to have the temperature of your hot water tested, during a Home Sustainability Assessment to make sure the water is not hotter than 60 degrees. The reason for this is hotter temperatures can damage the seals overtime in the dishwasher, according to some manufacturers.
Home Electricity & Solar Power Monitoring Support
Visit our FAQ page for answers to commonly asked questions regarding our range of electricity monitoring solutions. The support documents below are grouped by monitoring system.
After testing various energy monitoring systems over the years, we have seen some great results and some very poor. We have come across power monitors with instructions too difficult to understand, configuration is not logical and hardware / software is simply not reliable.
In some cases it appears more is spent on the marketing and packaging, rather than the design, reliability and ease of use of the monitoring system itself.
We make sure we know all of our Home Power Monitoring Solutions inside and out!
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Single Appliance Monitor Support - Power Mate
The range of Power Mate appliance monitors are offered as either 10A or 15A versions and are fitted with the corresponding plug and socket for easy power point appliance monitoring.
The Lite version has been developed towards the householder wanting to perform an accurate audit of electrical appliances within the home. The support documents below relate to the POWER MATE 10A & 15A & Lite range of appliance monitors. Visit POWER MATE MONITORS for all the information.
- POWER MATE LITE MONITOR USER MANUAL
- AUDIT FORM FOR POWERMATE LITE
- AUDIT SPREADSHEET FOR POWERMATE LITE
Plug-In Single Appliance Monitor #1
Plug-In Single Appliance Monitor #2
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