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Who puts the most thought into power usage in your home? I would say my husband, some might say their children as they are taught to conserve power in the classroom. My son has been the ‘Power Monitor’ in his classroom, a role he took very seriously. You might say yourself. Whoever it is, we can all agree that it is important to give some thought to how much power we are using, what it’s costing and how we can better understand our homes power usage.
The thing that first grabbed my attention round Powershop was that they were able to guarantee savings against our prior power provider. Even though all power companies seemed the same to us, it was an offer too good not to explore further. Having looked into what Powershop offered we soon realised that power companies weren’t all the same and it was a no-brainer for my husband and I to switch and that was over 3 years ago now.
The smartphone app has been a game-changer for us as it allows us to view all our historic usage so that we can see trends and make wiser decisions around energy use. For example, to stop the $600 per month winter bills we used to have with our prior power provider, we invested in a heat pump for our main living area which has reduced our monthly usage by approx $150. The app also tracks how much power we’ve currently used and predicts what our bill will be for the end of the monthly period, which has resolved much of the bill-shock we used to experience in the past when a bill arrived in the mail at the end of the month!
Power usage and monitoring was never something we considered or even knew you were able to do. We just always knew, come winter, our bills would be massive but we didn’t even consider conserving or thinking through what we used as a family. I hate to admit it, but lights and heaters were left on all over the place! With Powershop we’ve been able to monitor our usage more closely, right down to the half hour, resulting in a better understanding of our families power usage.
As a family we have also started having conversations with our kids around our power usage through using the heatmap tool. With this tool we can track our usage down to the half hour, so you can see exactly what time of day you're using the most power. The heatmap can also help you understand where you could become more energy efficient and save power and money.
By being organised we have also been able to make further savings through buying discounted power in advance for future months. It's very rewarding to log into the app and be presented with our total savings for the year - which really adds up (so far we're on $635 savings for the year).
Not only are there cost savings but you can also choose to purchase green energy (energy generated via a green source such as wind power), and sometimes Powershop will offer a Powerpack which supports a charity, such as The Neonatal Trust.
Living in the technical age, it makes sense to use a power provider that gives you the control and visibility of your spend. My husband (who is a tech-head) admits that he enjoys being able to monitor our power usage throughout the month, especially throughout winter, to avoid those big heating expenses.