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How can I lower my energy bill?

At Powershop we believe it’s important to have all the tips and tricks at your fingertips to have control over your energy usage. Using these insights, you can change up your usage behaviours and help lower your energy bill.


Get to know your Powerpacks

If you have access to the Powershop Shop we offer Powerpacks as a way to purchase power that supports your budget. You can buy a Powerpack to cover your past, current or future energy usage, with savings that get bigger the further ahead you buy.

Powerpacks are great way to make small regular payments when you have money available to avoid receiving a large bill at the end of the billing period.

What kind of Powerpacks are available?

These are only some of the Powerpacks we have on offer – we've got packs to help support the community and our environment. Want to know more? You can get to know the Powerpacks with this short video.

Power Saver/ Gas Saver

You can buy as little or as much as you want, any time you want and enjoy savings off your Auto Pay rates.

Future Packs

These Powerpacks make it super easy to save on a few days’ worth of power well ahead of time. Giving you savings for the next month or the month after.

Mega Pack

Our biggest Powerpack available for purchase every 60 days, which covers approximately 3 months' worth of energy with the greatest savings.


Take advantage of the buy now and pay later option

If you’d like a bit of extra time to pay the outstanding amount in your ‘bill coming’ email can still lock in the ‘Power Saver’ discount using the “buy now, and pay later” option. Find out how to set it up here.


Usage tools to help lower your consumption

The best way to lower your bills is to lower your energy consumption - the less energy you use the less you have to pay! We also understand that this is easier said than done and encourage you to reduce usage where you practically can.

The first step in reducing your bills is to understand the energy usage at your property. We provide you with a range of usage tools in your online account and on the Powershop app to get you in the know.

In the Powershop app

Daily usage graph
Image of daily usage graph in the Powershop appDaily usage graph for electricity
Image of daily usage graph in the Powershop appDaily usage graph for gas

 

In the Powershop app, your daily electricity usage graph is the larger pink bar graph. This shows your daily electricity usage, which you can easily compare to other days, the cost per day and how many kilowatt hours you’ve used.

The smaller pink bar graph below that breaks your usage down even further with half-hourly representations for when you’re using electricity.

If you have gas at your property, you’ll be able to see your daily usage, what this costs per day and how many megajoules you’ve used.

HINT: If you notice an unusually high spike in electricity usage at certain times, think of what appliances you might have turned on and how you might better use it.

Monthly insights
Image of monthly insights in the Powershop appMonthly insights for electricity
Image of monthly insights in the Powershop appMonthly insights for gas

 

If you’re keen to look at how your usage data has changed from month to month, head to the insights tab. The bar graph shows the cost per month and below you can also see the average cost and kilowatt hours used per day within that month. If you have gas at your property you can access the same insights under your gas account in the app.

HINT: Monthly insights is a great way to see the impact of changing seasons on energy usage.

In the online account

Daily usage graph

Image of Powershop platform on desktop usage dataDaily usage on the home page.

Image of Powershop platform on desktop usage dataIn the usage tab

In the online account your daily usage graph looks a little different but still provides tons of insight. This graph allows you to see your daily electricity usage and the trend line shows you your average usage over a period of time. You can adjust the period you are looking at using the black slider at the top of the graph and you can change your graph to show you your data in days, weeks, months or billing cycles.

Usage patterns

This heat map shows you how much electricity you are using throughout the day. Each coloured square of the chart is one half hour period of one day. A brighter square is a higher usage half hour and a darker square is lower usage.

HINT: If you notice an unusually high spike in electricity usage at certain times, think of what appliances you might have turned on and how you might better use it. Once you understand more about your energy usage using the above tools, you might be able to reduce your energy usage and more importantly reduce your bills!


Smart meters

Smart meters provide usage data in accurate half hourly increments, so having a smart meter makes a big difference to getting the most out of your usage insights. In Victoria, most properties have a smart meter installed, however if you’re from NSW, QLD and SA and you’re keen to have your usage insights reach their full potential you can request to have one installed, often for free.


Energy saving tips to back up your insights

The Victoria Energy Saver's website has some great tips on reducing consumption. You can also use our handy energy saving tips blog to better understand how actions you make around the home can have an impact on your savings.

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