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Energy Management Systems

Looking beyond solar feed-in tariffs: How to pick an electricity retailer

February 8, 2017

When solar system owners shop around for an electricity retailer, the first thing they tend to look at is the solar feed-in tariff rate that the retailer offers. The fact is, however, that solar feed-in tariffs are no longer as important as they once were – so what else should solar system owners look for in […]

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CATCH Power – A solar diverter made for the Aussie market

February 6, 2017
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CATCH Power is an Australian company who say they have crafted a solar diverter perfectly tailored to Australian market conditions. By March this year, the company will offer four different versions of its device, all of whose settings can be adjusted to optimise savings – and two of which connect to the internet and allow the user […]

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A comparison of home energy management systems in Australia

January 26, 2017
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Solar PV systems are already commonplace and affordable in Australia, and battery storage is getting there quickly as well. Increasingly, Australia’s solar homes are looking for ways to maximise the value that solar & storage are able to deliver. Home energy management systems (sometimes referred to as EMSs or HEMS) are fast becoming a popular […]

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Wattwatchers wins Australian Technology Competition

October 6, 2016

Wattwatchers, a Sydney-based “internet of things” energy management start-up has been selected by judges as one of two winners of this year’s Australian Technology Competition. The developer of the web-based real time energy management Auditor device, took out the New Energy Award for 2016, while Melbourne-based company Independent Products won the Smart Cities Award for […]

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SunMate: Save more money by using the sun when you’re not home

July 12, 2016
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The AWS SunMate is a device that takes your excess solar energy and pumps it into your hot water tank, potentially saving you more money than solar panels alone. The SunMate’s developers, Australian Wind and Solar, say that it is one of the most cost-effective ways to maximise a solar PV system’s value – and […]

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Who needs batteries? How SolarImmersion puts your excess solar energy to work

May 25, 2016
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Every day, thousands of Australia’s solar homes send excess solar power into the grid for little or no financial reward. SolarImmersion is a simple gadget that puts surplus solar energy to better use – by diverting it into your hot water tank. Is your solar system living up to its full potential? These days, getting […]

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Smart window blinds for the smart solar home?

April 5, 2016
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One thing that Australia’s rooftop solar revolution has managed to foster is a higher degree of awareness among home owners about how and when they use electricity throughout the day. The keenest solar homes are motivated by a combination of economics (saving money), environmental concerns (like reducing their carbon footprint) and interest in technology (gadgets are […]

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carbonTRACK: Aussie-based startup delivers smarter solar, storage & energy use

November 30, 2015
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carbonTRACK is an Australian company whose energy management platform promises to deliver up to 30% savings on electricity bills for solar-powered homes and 10% in businesses, not only by maximising their solar energy self-consumption, but also by ensuring that the home’s appliances (and batteries) are utilised in the most intelligent, efficient way possible. How do […]

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