Smart energy tips
Smart energy tips
Looking for some tips on how to save electricity and reduce your bill? Check out our new smart energy tips – start saving today!
Curtains and doors
Ensure your windows are closed and sealed and if possible block draughts around doors to prevent air leaking in.
Ensure to switch off the heating and cooling whenever possible i.e at night or when you’re leaving the house.
Washers and dryers
Dryers can use a lot of electricity. Whenever possible, hang your clothes out to dry.
Refrigerators and freezers
To ensure your seals are working properly, you should not be able to easily slide a playing card between the seal and the fridge.
Turning off the second fridge or chest freezer can save you over $200 per year*.
Be aware of where energy use may vary throughout the year
Fewer daylight hours results in increased electricity usage for lighting. Energy-efficient light bulbs last longer and save power.
Hot water systems work harder to reach set temperatures when the weather is cooler.
Longer showers and warmer baths use more electricity.
Get to know your meter data
VIC – If your poles and wires company is Jemena (NMI starting with 600), AusNet Services (NMI starting with 630) or United Energy (NMI starting with 640) and you have the appropriate meter, you are able to access your meter data through their online portal.
In SA, QLD &NSW – online monitoring is only available if approved Diamond Energy metering is installed.
If you have solar panels with a smart meter installed by Metropolis, you can access your meter data here.
If you have an interval meter, you can request your data from Diamond Energy once a year and we will provide it in a spreadsheet file. Please note administrative charges may apply.
Get shifty with Time of Use rates
With Time of Use (TOU) you are charged different rates for the electricity you consume at different times of the day (for example peak, shoulder and off-peak). TOU rates and times differ depending on your poles and wires company (Distributor).
If you have a TOU capable meter installed and can shift your electricity usage to utilise the cheaper rates, you may benefit from TOU. If you also have a solar system installed, the benefits may be even greater.
If you have any questions about TOU and whether it is right for you, please get in touch.
Optimise your pool filter all year round
Talk to your local pool shop staff about how long to run your pool filter in winter and summer and get some advice.
A pump with an input of 1, 120 watts will cost around 30 cents per hour to run if connected to peak electricity tariffs.
Get shifty! You could save by shifting your electricity usage around
Depending on the feed in tariff you are receiving, it may be beneficial to utilise the electricity you generate in your household first, rather than exporting it to the grid. This means you are using your own electricity and as a result, reducing what you use from your local grid and what you pay for! If you qualified for a high feed in tariff you may gain more by shifting some electricity usage from day time to overnight or on weekends.
If you want some help on how to save by shifting your electricity usage around, please get in touch.
Develop a feel for how your system is performing
If you keep an eye on your inverter you will develop a feel for how your solar system is performing and this may help you identify any performance issues early.
The Clean Energy Council provides information on average daily solar generation in your area. Keep in mind factors such as panel orientation, angle, shading and dirt which can all impact your solar systems performance.
For information on how to read your inverter and interpret the data, refer to the instruction manual provided to you at time of installation.
Keep nearby vegetation from shading your panels
Keep your solar system clean
Consider getting your panels cleaned by a trained and qualified person. Check with your solar installer to see if they offer a cleaning and maintenance service.
If your solar panels are to be cleaned, ensure the panel manufacturers and system installer’s instructions are followed at all times. If you are cleaning them yourself, hosing down hot solar panels with cold tap water on a hot and sunny day is a particularly bad idea. Ensure all safety precautions are taken!
It may be time for a maintenance and safety check