What can I do to reduce my power usage?

Our online tools and mobile app allow you to track your electricity use, and one of the best ways to save on your bill is to reduce your usage.

Invest in energy efficient appliances, take action to change your usage habits, and make sure you log in and grab our Specials when they’re available — this will help you save money.

How do you estimate my current usage?

If you have a smart meter your current usage is based on your average usage from the last three days.

If your meter isn’t smart, your current usage will be an estimate based on your last reading. So the more meter readings you enter, the more accurate your current usage information will be.

How do I track my usage if I have more than one property?

To keep life simple, we’ll combine some of the data for all your properties and keep some of it apart.

In your desktop account

Power organiser and days ahead
For example, at the top of your ‘Balance’ page, you’ll see how many days ahead or behind you are with your power purchases for all of your properties compared with your usage.

Your ‘Power Organiser’ will also show you where you’re at on all of your properties. So you can see whether or not you’ve bought enough power to cover all your usage.

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Daily and current usage
Your daily and current usage in kWh for each property will be shown separately, one below the other.

The more detailed daily usage graphs under the ‘Usage’ tab will also be displayed separately. Use ‘Select Property’ on the left-hand menu on each page to drill down to see separate, detailed usage data for each of your properties.

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In the mobile app

Days and dollars ahead
Inside the circle on the ‘Balance’ screen we display how many dollars ahead or behind you are with your power purchases for all the properties listed on your account.

You can tap to switch to an estimate of how many days ahead or behind you are.

You can swipe back to see individual properties’ circles side-by-side for previous months. For current and future months, however, the circle will show a combined account view.

Insights
In the ‘Insights’ graph each property is also combined in one bar. Again, you can swipe back to compare each property’s graph for previous months. The bars in the ‘Insights’ graph show the monthly dollar cost of your power.

Access the ‘Insights’ graph from the ‘Insight’ graph heading in the menu, or by tapping the middle icon in the top right of your screen.

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Daily usage
So that you don’t drown in data, we keep the detailed ‘Daily usage’ graphs apart. Access your daily usage by tapping the icon that is furthest to the right at the top of your screen, or from the ‘Daily usage’ heading in the menu.

How do I track my power usage?

We have a few nifty tools to help you keep an eye on how much power you’re using and understand when you typically use the most, so you’ll have the power to use less and save more.

Daily usage

If you have a smart meter, your daily usage graph makes it easy to see any changes in your usage at a glance. If your usage spikes or falls dramatically you can then dig a little deeper to try to find out why.

In your desktop account — you’ll find your daily usage on your ‘Balance’ page.

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If you have more than one property you’ll see your properties’ daily usage graphs one below the other.

Read more on how to track usage if you have more than one property.

Using Powershop’s mobile app — you can access your daily usage by tapping the icon that is furthest to the right at the top of your screen, or from the ‘Daily usage’ heading in the menu.

Current usage

In your desktop account
Above your ‘Daily usage’ graph we’ll tell you your current usage in kWh (kilowatt hours). If you have a smart meter, the current usage displayed will be based on your average usage over the preceding three days. If your meter isn’t smart, your current usage will be an estimate based on your last reading. So the more meter readings you enter, the more accurate your current usage information will be.

Using Powershop’s mobile app
In the mobile app your ‘Daily usage’ graph has an added feature. It displays the average dollar cost per day, and the kWh of power you’ve used each day.

Insights graph
The mobile app also has an ‘Insights’ graph. The graph’s bars represent the monthly dollar cost of your power. Access the ‘Insights’ graph from the ‘Insight’ heading in the menu, or by tapping the middle icon in the top right of your screen.

 

Usage patterns
If you have a smart meter and feel like doing a bit of detective work, you can discover what times of day you use the most (and least) power, down to half hourly intervals. This means you can have a think about what you normally do at peak times of day and, if possible, make changes to be more energy efficient. You can access this tool from your desktop account. If you don’t have a smart meter you will not have this tool in your account.

Read more about understanding your ‘Usage patterns’ chart.

Activity Tracker
The ‘Activity Tracker’ lets you add notes to your ‘Daily usage’ graph so you can explain any spikes (or drops) in your power usage. You can use the ‘Activity Tracker’ to explain past events or set it to keep track of a future time period.

You’ll find the ‘Activity Tracker’ in the mobile app. Go to your ‘Daily usage’ graph and tap the stopwatch icon in the top left of your screen.

Read more about the Activity Tracker.