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How to Curb Your Power

How to curb your power

When the Event? starts, reduce your power usage as much, and as safely, as you can for the course of the Event to meet your Curb Target. Do not turn off any vital appliances or devices.

 

Introducing Curb Your Power


What is my Curb Target?

To hit your Curb Target, you must:

  • Reduce your power usage by at least 10% of your Baseline?, or
  • Reduce your usage by at least 1kW for each hour of the Event, or
  • Reduce your usage by at least 0.05 kW for each hour of the Event if you have solar.

Ways you can curb your power

Curbing your power doesn’t mean sitting quietly in the dark for an hour or two with all the appliances switched off until the Event is over. Participating can be as easy as doing your washing after the Event, or powering down the house and heading out for a walk (obviously to the store to get ice cream).

Here are just a few ways you can curb your power:

Air conditioners

Electric and split system heaters use a lot of power. Pre-cooling your house if possible and then turning off your air con before the Event is a great way to curb. Otherwise, you could turn up your aircon's temperature.

2kWh

is what air conditioners can use every hour


Dishwasher

Not running your dishwasher during an Event could mean you reduce usage by around 1kWh. What more of an excuse do you need to delay doing the dishes?

1-2kWh

per cycle


Washing machine

Washing machines and dryers are BIG energy guzzlers. Delay doing your washing if you'd usually do it during the time of an Event.

0.5-1kWh

per cycle


Pool pump

Switching your pool pump off (if you have a pool – lucky you) during an Event could be all you need to get the minimum reduction needed. Just remember to turn it back on again!

1-2kWh

every hour


Electric oven

An electric oven can use up to 1kWh every hour, so why not use the BBQ or cook dinner a little earlier or later.

1kWh

every hour


TV

Plasma TVs use about 0.4kWh while LCDs use about half that. Read a book or listen to a podcast instead (just don't charge your phone - that'll use about 0.03kWh).

0.3kWh

every hour of the Bachelor we know you pretend you don’t watch


Lights

Everyone knows you should turn the lights off when you leave a room. Turning off 4 halogen down lights during an Event can reduce your usage by 0.2kWh.

0.05kWh

a single halogen downlight can use 0.05kWh every hour


Hair dryer

Let your hair air dry - it's better for your hair and not using it for 10 minutes will save you 0.25kW.

0.25kWh

for 10 minutes


Microwave

We don’t think you’d be using your microwave for a whole hour, but even if you use it for 5 minutes to heat up last night’s take away, that’s about 0.12kWh.

0.12kWh

to heat up last night’s pizza

The above figures were estimated using:
Victorian Energy Saver appliance calculator
Sustainability Victoria appliance calculator

Curb Your Power – all the important details

Min Max
Warning time before an Event 1 hour 7 days
Length of an Event 1 hour 4 hours
Events per year 2 10
Events day & time Monday-Friday 10am-10pm (an Event will not occur outside of these times)
Residential Business
Curb Target 10% or 1 kWh (reduction on your Baseline)
For solar customers: 0.05 kW for each hour of the Event.
10% or 1-2 kWh (reduction on your Baseline)
For solar customers: 0.05 kW for each hour of the Event.
Customer Reward $10 discount for hitting your Curb Target. $10-$200 discount for hitting the Curb Target tiers
Bonus reward Between $150-$900 additional discount for an average reduction of 5kWh up to 30kWh if you’ve taken part in all of the Events across the year.

Got more questions? Hopefully they’re all answered below.

If you achieve the target reduction you will receive a $10 discount on your Powershop account, which can be used to buy Powerpacks in the Shop.
Opt-in to the program by registering here. Even if you register, there’s no obligation to participate when there is an Event.
If you didn’t hit your Curb Target you will not be able to claim a discount. We have set the Curb Target as an achievable figure, so if you don’t hit it first time, check out the info above for tips to help you reduce your usage next time, and feel free to get in touch on Facebook to chat with us if you need help. And remember, if you attempted to hit your Curb Target then you’ve likely reduced your usage, which means you’ve saved money!
We require you to have been a customer for at least 45 days before you can participate in an Event. If you haven’t, then we would not have sent you an SMS. Or, you may have registered your mobile number incorrectly. Email us at curbyourpower@powershop.com.au with your correct mobile number.
If you are away for consecutive days then our calculation will assume your Baseline is low so you may not be considered a successful participant. Because we calculate your Baseline based on your usage during the day leading up to the Event, to successfully participate, you have to have been using power in the hours leading up to the Event.
That’s why we have set your Curb Target as a percentage. So all you need to do is reduce a little and you can participate. For you big power users, if 10% is still a lot, all you need is a reduction of 1 kWh each hour of the Event. And for customers with solar, you just need to reduce your usage by 0.05 kW for each hour of the Event.
That is totally fine, your participation is always voluntary. If you would like to opt out of the program totally you can do so by emailing curbyourpower@powershop.com.au
Due to the intermittent nature of renewables there may be times when renewable energy will not be able to cover high demand periods. Currently, fast acting generators like gas and diesel plants are used as backups during these times. If demand response is used correctly, there will be less need to use fossil fuels as backup and allowing the integration of more renewable energy into the grid.

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