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Solar energy insights in the Powershop app

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Solar energy insights in the Powershop app
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Having solar panels doesn’t automatically mean savings (although it’s a big step in the right direction). Even having a supposedly good feed-in tariff doesn’t mean getting the most out of your solar.

If you have solar, there are two things you need to make sure you have.

  1. A good energy deal.
    That doesn’t necessarily mean a super high feed-in tariff – because often these high FiTs will be a distraction from equally high rates. When comparing retailers look at your energy prices as well as your FiT to make sure you’ve got the best deal for you.
  2. Knowledge.
    Knowing how to use your system to your advantage will help you get the best savings. Without knowing when your system is working and how well it’s working, you can’t know how to get the most out of it. You need insights into your solar.

Luckily we can help out with all of the above. Get a good energy deal with Powershop and read on for the knowledge you get as a customer. If you aren’t already a Powershop customer, get your prices and sign up here.

Solar insights in the app

Hit the solar tab in the Powershop app to see your solar insights. Here’s what you’ll be able to see:

Solar customers can view insights and track home energy usage in the app
Solar customers can view insights and track home energy usage in the app
  • Daily feed-in: shows you how much solar energy you fed into the grid that day.
  • Half hourly feed-in: shows how much your solar fed into the grid in half hourly increments for the day you’re viewing in the daily feed-in graph.
  • Total daily feed-in: shows you how much solar energy you fed into the grid in kWh.
Knowledge is power

Usually, it’s better to use the energy you’re generating instead of exporting it.

Gone are the days of high government subsidised feed-in tariffs (for most of us anyway) which means that using the energy as you’re generating it is going to mean lower bills.

Jump into the app and check out when you’re generally exporting the most. Is it 1pm? Well set the timer on your dishwasher to start then. 3pm? Good excuse to leave that last load of washing until then. You get the idea.

Keep your panels in tip top shape

Keep an eye on your daily performance to stay on top of any drops in the performance of your panels.

While sometimes a drop on your usual feed-in amount might just be because of a cloudy day, if it continues when the sun’s out, it could be time to get your panels checked out.

Panels generally take care of themselves, but if you notice a sustained drop in your solar panels performance they may need cleaning. Safety first – don’t attempt to give them a clean yourself. Always get the professionals in.

If they’re clean and still not working, you’ll need to get in touch with your installer or a solar maintenance service to take a look. Again – let the professionals do their thing.

Track home energy usage, get better tools, more from your solar and greater control of your energy with Powershop.

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16 comments on "Solar energy insights in the Powershop app"
  1. Alfred commented on August 17, 2018:

    Just tried to find the Powershop app on my Windows laptop but without success. Seems only available for iOS and android systems. And the same counts for my Windows phone; also not available. Is this likely to change in the near future?

    • Powershop commented on August 20, 2018:

      Hi Alfred, that’s right. The Powershop app is available for iPhone and Android at the moment. We’ll pass your feedback about Windows to the mobile team though, because they really appreciate heading about what our customers want. In the meantime, you can still find insights in your online account here: secure.powershop.com.au

  2. suzanne commented on August 17, 2018:

    That’s fantastic!…can someone tell me where the solar tab is?? I can’t find it on the app.

    • Powershop commented on August 20, 2018:

      Make sure you have the latest version of the app downloaded to see the solar tab. Hope you enjoy the insights! Cheers, Powershop

  3. Heinz commented on August 17, 2018:

    Hi, nice feature. This provides excellent insights.

    As a customer, I would also love to see this on the web portal heat map with a better colour drilldown. Where the current usage heat map is black, the feed-in would show in tones of green with bright green indicating higher feedin and darker green tones lower feedin. Zero usage with zero feedin would remain black.
    As a user of this map, I might see right away whether a battery could help reduce usage and cost. I might also find more obvious ways of shifting usage to times of solar generation.

    • Powershop commented on August 20, 2018:

      Thanks for the feedback Heinz! We’ll pass it onto the mobile team. They love hearing from customers about how they’re using our tools and what they want to see. Cheers!

  4. kerry commented on August 17, 2018:

    there is no Solar tab on my app

    • Powershop commented on August 20, 2018:

      Hi Kerry – have you downloaded the most recent version of the app? You’ll need to do that to see the update. Let us know if you have any issues. Cheers.

  5. Annie Nielsen commented on August 17, 2018:

    I want to get the app on my iphone6 but my computer is not an apple and I don’t know how to load it on my phone. I don’t get my emails on my phone.

    • Powershop commented on August 20, 2018:

      Hi Annie, you don’t need an Apple computer if you have an iPhone already. All you need to do is head to the App Store from your iPhone, search for ‘Powershop AU’ and download the app. Give us a ring if you have any issues – we’re available on 1800 462 668 Monday to Friday 8am-7pm. Thanks! Powershop

  6. Gwen Lifu commented on August 18, 2018:

    Where is the solar icon in the Powershop app?

    • Powershop commented on August 20, 2018:

      Hi Gwen, make sure you have the latest version of the app downloaded. When you log in you’ll see ‘Solar’ on the far right hand side of the bottom nav. If you have any issues let us know.

  7. Diane commented on August 18, 2018:

    I can’t see the new solar on my app??

    • Powershop commented on August 20, 2018:

      Hi Diane – have you installed the update? iPhone version 1.33.0 released last week is available and this update includes the solar tab. If you have an Android it would’ve been available a few weeks ago. Let us know if you have any issues.

  8. Chris Curran commented on August 20, 2018:

    We are “empty nesters” living in a double brick house with 19 solar panels. In summer it is costing us about $5.50 per day in electricity and about $9.00 per day in winter. How does this compare with you>

    • Powershop commented on August 20, 2018:

      Hey Chris

      Happy to complete a comparison for you. Give us a ring on 1800 462 668 8am-7pm Monday to Friday and we’ll complete a detailed comparison for you. Alternative you can send us an email here and we’ll give you a call back.

      Cheers
      Powershop

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