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Smart meters: are they worth the hype?

17 Apr 2019
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For those who may be unfamilar with these next-gen smart devices, you're probably asking yourself; what on earth is the fuss about and are they even smart?

Spoiler alert: smart meters are incredibly smart.

As these nifty devices continue to be rolled out around across Australia, old-style metric and clock face meters will be put out to pasture, so it’s worthwhile understanding how they actually work.

what is a smart meter?

Smart meters are a digital version of your existing analogue electricity meter This two-way communication device automatically sends energy usage to your supplier via wireless technology in 30 minute intervals, allowing energy output to be recorded in real time.

Compared to older meters, these smart devices paint a more detailed picture of how you use electricity. They’re great for identifying sources of high energy usage, so you can investigate sudden jumps in your power bill.

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smart meter perks

Apart from shedding light on your home’s unique power pattern, smart meters offer a range of other useful benefits:

  • Efficiency monitoring - If your electricity supply runs into difficulties (such as a power outage), smart meters are clever enough to detect issues right away and send you alerts in the process
  • Detailed energy consumption data - Want to know how much your air con is costing you? Or how many kWh your clothes dryer is responsible for? A smart energy meter breaks down your energy usage, giving you the tools to become a long-term energy saver
  • Custom energy solutions -The data collected by your smart meter can be used to create battery or solar systems that are tailored to your home.
  • Smoother switching - With smart meters, there’s no need to wait for manual meter readings to occur, making it much easier to connect, disconnect and switch between energy retailers

looking to pair your smart meter with a hassle-free energy plan?

smart meter installation

Since the mandatory smart meter rollout across Victoria between 2013 & 2016, the state has seen the installation of over 2.8 million smart meters. This has enabled Victorians to better understand and manage their household electricity usage

States outside of Victoria are generally providing customers with smart meters once their existing meter needs to be upgraded, however, it’s expected mandatory rollouts will eventually occur

For those in New South Wales or Queensland, if you're interested in having a smart meter installed at your address, be sure to check out our smart meter guide.

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5 Ways to Reduce Winter Energy Usage

10 May 2020

Many of us watch our energy bills creep up during the peak of winter, but a warm home doesn’t have to go hand in hand with a massive power bill. These energy saving tips will help you discover how to save electricity in winter. Try our seasonal winter home energy saving tips and keep your energy bill manageable.

1. Stay old school, where possible

Being able to walk around your home without having to wear a lot of layers or carry a blanket is a wonderful luxury in winter. However, there’s a certain vintage charm to getting warm under a heavy blanket while the air outside your cosy blanket haven is still chilly.

Keeping things old school as much as you can, pulling out thermals, putting on socks, and cuddling up for warmth during a Netflix session, are some of our favourite power saving tips for winter.

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2. Go smart

Not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about how to lower an electricity bill in winter, but smart devices can help you save heaps when it comes to your power bill.

If you use household heating, a programmable smart thermostat can save households up to $180 per year in heating and cooling costs, according to Energy Star. Some of these smart home devices can even be operated from smartphones, for when you just don’t want to leave the warmth of your blanket.

Who would have thought having an awesome home automation setup would bring your energy bill down!

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3. Upgrade to energy efficient appliances

Just like choosing smart devices to save power, you can upgrade to energy-efficient appliances to save power too.

In Australia, most household appliances are rated according to their energy efficiency. Since efficient appliances use less electricity, they’re way cheaper to run. Of course, you don’t need to toss out your washing machine, dryer, fridge, microwave, and kettle just to save electricity in winter.

If you have an appliance that’s costing you a lot to run, it might actually save you money in the long run to buy a new, more efficient replacement.

Look up the energy ratings for all your big appliances (and small ones too if you can) and find any that could do with replacing.

4. Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs

Energy-efficient bulbs are a no-brainer when it comes to ways to save money on electricity in winter. In fact, you should use these bulbs throughout the year to keep your electricity bill down, no matter the season.

These efficient bulbs use less power to produce the same amount of light. They also last longer than traditional bulbs.

If you feel like splurging, check out smart bulbs, they can be controlled by your phone as well as being energy efficient, neat! The savings from swapping these bulbs alone aren't massive, but every little bit adds up when you know you’ll spend more power heating your home in winter.

5. Build up the washing pile

There’s no point in chucking on two jumpers and a pair of jeans into the washing machine during winter, how dirty could they really be? Before doing a load of washing or drying make sure you have a full basket.

It’s no secret that the washing machine and dryer chew up the most electricity in your house. Don’t let the chilly season increase your wash load because of the more layers of clothing being added to the basket.

Follow these simple tips on how to save electricity in winter and you should hopefully see some great results during the cold season.

Reducing your energy usage all year long will help you get in the mindset before June even comes around or if you want to be even more prepared for when summer rolls around.

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