Typically, we don’t think about electricity until we receive a bill. But with prices on the rise, energy is swiftly moving to the forefront of our minds. We want to pay less, but we often lack the understanding to properly dissect the numbers and figures that arrive in our inbox our mailbox monthly or quarterly.
The old model of energy interaction is changing. Energy users are no longer satisfied with merely accepting the bill presented by their electricity company, and are looking to be more proactive about they consume electricity.
A recent report found that Australians wanted ‘electricity companies to provide them more information to help control energy usage but [didn’t] know enough about the technology available to help themselves.’ This survey was carried out in Sydney and Melbourne by Landis+Gyr and polled over 1000 people.
Meanwhile, wireless communications technology has become a ubiquitous part of everyday life. But while you might be able to check your bank balance and mobile data usage with a tap or a click, most people would still come up empty if they were asked how much energy they used yesterday or the day before or last week. For the ordinary home, energy-related data access still lags behind modern technology by a decade, with the delivery of your quarterly bill being the most regular feedback you’re likely to get from the company that sells you electricity. The former head of Energy Australia and Ausgrid George Maltabarow said the current price hikes were forcing Australians to have a new level of engagement with their electricity through a ‘changing attitude to technology’ due to feeling ‘powerless in their engagement with energy companies.’
If you’re feeling in the dark when it comes to electricity, that’s because the majority of Australians are too. That energy companies provide a comparison to the usage by similar households is no longer enough, as Australians seek to understand their energy profiles with greater clarity.
Solar Choice recently released an article dissecting the ‘energy awareness factor’ present in the issue of energy costs. It suggested that if businesses or households know what they’re using on a daily or moment-by-moment basis then they’re more likely to take action to correct their behaviour than if they had no such insights.
Consumers are seeking more transparency when it comes to reducing their power bills, as well as further control over their lighting, heating and appliances. In the Landis+Gyr report, 88% of those surveyed wanted to know how much energy individual appliances were using, as well as alerts when appliances were faulty.
Energy management is the missing piece of this energy puzzle. carbonTRACK, an intelligent energy management system, allows you to see exactly what you’re using, when you’re using it through it’s dashboard and app. It gives you live updates on your electricity use, as well as providing the ability to track what you’re spending before bill time. This kind of data means that carbonTRACK can easily illuminate ways of reducing costs based on your personal energy use patterns. We already manage multiple facets of their daily lives through our smartphones and/or computers, and energy usage can and should be managed in a similar fashion. With carbonTRACK, you can put the power back in your hands, through complete data transparency. No guesswork, and most importantly; no bill shock!