We know using electricity is important, but it doesn’t need to leave a hole in your back pocket. With Powerpal, you could cut your costs - and help the environment.
Electricity bills can be expensive. In fact, the average annual electricity bill across Australia is around $1,776...that’s a round-trip ticket to Europe!
In Victoria, the average bill is around $1,012 per year. And for Melbourne residents aged 40 to 49, electricity bills tend to be around $97 higher than that.
And with Aussies working from home due to the pandemic, residential energy consumption has increased by around 15 to 20 per cent, meaning energy bills have become even higher.
There are some old tricks in the book, like adjusting the thermostat, ensuring you’re switching off appliances at the wall plug and closing your doors and curtains in the winter time...but without the right tools, you could be missing out on valuable information.
One tool that’s helped Victorian resident Robert stay on top of his bills is Powerpal.
“One of my sons introduced me to Powerpal, and now we’ve got solar combined with Powerpal, our power bill is about half of what it used to be,” he said.
And he’s not the only one. The Powerpal energy monitor is actually helping more than a hundred thousand Aussies reduce their power bills, and help the environment.
Powerpal attaches to your smart meter and provides real-time access to your energy consumption via an easy-to-use app.
You can track how much money each appliance in your house is costing you to run, so you can find out which appliances are using your energy inefficiently - and where savings can be made.
At the end of each week, you’ll receive a summary that tells you which day and what time of the day you spent the most money, and how it compares to other weeks. Then, you can cut back on your usage of, or replace, the appliance that’s causing you serious bill grief.
To help combat high electricity bills and help households reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, the Victorian Government introduced the Energy Upgrades Scheme. The program sets a state-wide target for energy savings, and gives households access to discounted energy-efficient products and services.
One of these services is Powerpal. Under the scheme, Powerpal is free for eligible Victorian residents, and compatible with most digital electricity metres - as long as you don’t live in an apartment or some regional areas.
If you don’t already have a digital electricity metre, you can call your energy retailer and ask for an upgrade! If you live outside of Victoria, you can still purchase a Powerpal energy monitor and attach it to your digital metre.
And it’s not just cutting your costs - it’s cutting your carbon emissions, too. The average Aussie household has a carbon footprint of around 14 tonnes of CO2 per year, which is a lot more than the 2 tonnes recommended for each of us if we want to keep global warming under wraps.
To date, Powerpal has helped users save a combined $7,340,192 on their bills and over 22,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
It’s so easy to get a Powerpal energy monitor installed, all you need to do is register on the Powerpal website and within a few weeks a specialist installer will be out and install the device. The whole process takes less than 10 minutes and is completely free.
Just have a recent electricity bill handy, downloaded the app, and the installer will set up the app for you with current rates so you can view your energy consumption immediately.
Then, after learning your usage over the first few weeks, the Solar Simulator becomes available in the Powerpal app to help you consider the benefits of solar. It can tell you how much different sized solar systems could save you over the next 10 years, and how much they cost to install, making any decision to invest a lot easier.