Energy

Are smart meters really that smart?

Are smart meters really that smart? Yes! Smart meters digitally measure when and how much electricity you use at home and send this information to a registered Metering Coordinator to…

January 21st, 2020

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10 Top Tips to Save Electricity in the Home

1. Heating and Cooling Run the air-conditioning a little warmer in summer and a little cooler in winter. It will make a big difference. Air conditioners’ efficiency drops dramatically once…

December 11th, 2018

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The meaning of Energy Star Ratings

This section is a regular feature of our newsletters.  It is intended to be unbiased, general Industry comment dealing in objective facts. What do Star Ratings mean?   They have…

May 10th, 2018

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Solar Power and the economy

Australia is a global leader with solar PV generation and there are massive forward commitments for large scale arrays and large forward marketing estimates for roof-top solar as at January 2018. The sun is free and solar panels seem to be inexpensive and getting cheaper, so, why are electricity prices rising so much? Electricity prices have nearly tripled in a decade and, despite some political and pundit comments, it seems inevitable that they will continue to rise. We often hear that solar electricity is the least expensive sort of electricity available, so, how can that be?

February 14th, 2018

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The new smart tech to maintain your swimming pool

Pool owners know how time-consuming maintenance can be – testing the water with a pH stick, adding chemicals like chlorine (volumes of which were often based on guesswork), fiddling with the pumps, and sometimes ending up with algae despite your best efforts.

September 28th, 2017

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Swimming pool covers! Tips on the pros and cons

Just over 10% of the pools we look after have covers. The most common objection from people we speak to is that they either don’t like the look of them or don’t have space on their pool deck for the roller. You can see from our analysis of swimming pool water temperature they offer a significant temperature gain – more on average than heaters often provide.

September 14th, 2017

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