Friday, July 13, 2012

150 Metre Plus Solar PV Array Monitoring Solution

Are you looking for an affordable solution to monitoring your solar array?

What about the task of solar monitoring, when the distance of the array is greater than 150 metres from the home?

Well Aussie Home Energy has various solutions for monitoring your solar pv!

We have been able to extend the range of the monitor's transmitter to well over 200 metres. Whilst we did actually receive a signal via line of sight at around 265 metres, we have found the signal to be 100% reliable at 150 to 200 metres.

Householders generating power via solar pv are waking up the idea that it makes sense to monitor the output of the solar array at all times. Often the monitoring solution offered with the solar pv system, is costly. Therefore we decided to create a suitable alternative which fits into an Aussie home's budget. This solar pv monitoring solution, only available from Aussie Home Energy will eliminate,

  • The issue of not knowing whether all of your panels are active.
  • Reduced output from your array for whatever reason.
  • The problem of the inverter being off-line.

Problems such as this are often not being discovered until the weekends by householders, or in some cases when the electricity bill arrives! A lot of Aussie homes with solar pv are not keeping an eye on their system's output! Therefore it makes sense to discover our SOLAR PV MONITORING SOLUTIONS where you will know at a glance 24/7,
  • What you solar pv system is generating at any one time.
  • If you are meeting your planned ROI.
  • What your solar pv array in generating, when it is over 150 metres from your home.

To learn more about this great EXTENDED RANGE TRANSMITTER or for other AUSSIE SOLAR PV MONITORING SOLUTIONS contact Aussie Home Energy today.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Aussie Home Electricity Monitoring Network With Mobile Apps

Do you want to get on top of your home electricity usage & costs? A proven method is to install HOME ELECTRICITY MONITORING.

What about where you can opt for the next level, where you see all your data live with history, no matter where you are on your mobile, PC or tablet.

Easily have the data you need with you 24/7, allowing you to make cost cutting decisions in real-time! If this interests you, please email us with your details and the subject header of Home Electricity Monitoring Network. Visit our CONTACT US page for email details.

This is your chance to join an Aussie Home Energy Monitoring network, of householders interested in electricity reduction solutions.

Knowledge is POWER!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Comparing Time Of Use Electricity With A Fixed Rate Tariff

Did you know a Time Of Use electricity tariff known as TOU, has similar charges [in total] over a weekly period to a fixed rate tariff?

The secret to making a TOU tariff work for your household, is knowing when you're using electricity and how much you're using at anytime. You can do this 100% of the time by MONITORING HOME ELECTRICITY.

If you do not know your electricity usage & costs, then you run a very good risk of the TOU tariff costing you more. This is because peak electricity is high in cost, for example at 45 cents per kWh unit. The secret is to offset those high costs in the peak period, by using more in the off-peak / shoulder periods.

The available hours in a total week total 168 hours. In this example we are going to explain the cost for a 1kW appliance, on the TOU tariff. The table shows a TOU tariff made up from three different time based rates. Each rate accounts for a different number of hours per week.



The total cost for the 1kW appliance operating on this TOU tariff is $33.61 per week. A comparable hourly rate for the same total time, works out to be 20 cents per kWh.

You may be interested to know:

  • 25 cents per kWh = $42 per week
  • 30 cents per kWh = $50 per week

So to make the TOU tariff work for you, you need to understand your home electricity usage 100%. If you do not, you may use more of the peak hours, thus costing you a lot more when costs are high at this prime time of the day!

Whilst expensive high peak electricity only accounts for 18% of the total time during the week, it happens to coincide with those times when you want to entertain, eat ,wash and clean. So it is difficult not to use this high cost power. To offset this high costing power you will need to shift more power usage to the less costing tariffs, shoulder and off-peak.

As mentioned already, a great way to learn about your home electricity usage at any one time is to install a HOME ELECTRICITY MONITOR. A monitor will allow you to reduce and analyse electricity usage and costs, before deciding change to a different electricity tariff.

The last thing you want to happen, is to run the risk of making the wrong choice. An incorrect choice that could cost you dearly. Furthermore it may cost you, to switch back when you break any contract you may have entered into! Remember it pays to do the homework first 100% of the time!

Typical times of the day for TOU tariff changes, have not been discussed in this article. Visit our ELECTRICITY GUIDES page to download your copy of our TOU Table. Stick in on the front door of your fridge to keep everyone in your home up to date!
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