Who can you trust to tell you when is it time to go solar ?

Emberpulse – we don’t sell solar systems – allows you to monitor energy use minute-by-minute, day-by-day, device-by-device, etc., to help make the best energy use and provider decisions.

In your case (GadgetGuy), you are now more energy smart. You have far better energy use habits that save you hundreds of dollars a year without going solar. Based on Emberpulse data, you:

  • Switched energy plans saving an estimated $536 per year alone.
  • Took advantage of the free LED light upgrade scheme saving an estimated $1,000 per year
  • Installed OK Google LED task lighting allowing you to leave most of the downlight ‘banks’ off. Not only does this save money, but it eliminates the Blue-Light issues as well.
  • Worked out when to use Airconditioning and when to use energy-efficient micro-climate heating or fans (like Dyson and De’Longhi products).
  • And you know when to use an energy-efficient convection microwave oven or a double grill over a stovetop or use smart plugs to control energy use.

Most importantly, you have realised that you do not need a 10kW solar system that the cheapies were flogging, and you were salivating over, for $5000! The right size for you is more in the 3.5-5kW range, and a battery will never give the payback to cover your night-time use let alone sell back to the grid (not at 11 cents per kWh anyway).

Emberpulse will let you know when it may be time to look at solar. Armed with that data, you can objectively consider quotes and with a little research, assess the quality of the system.

Perhaps the last companies to trust are those that advertise the most or those affiliated with energy retailers or battery makers.

GadgetGuy’s note: When is it time to go solar?

Solar makes sense if you can find a good supplier and pay for a good, well matched, system.

This interview is part of our #Stop the energy rip-off campaign. Emberpulse provided the Embermeter and EmberIQ for review. There has been no payment for coverage – we consider this a service to readers, and it is an interesting journey.

When we first started our average energy usage during the day/night was over 500Wh/1kWh) and now it is down to less than half that. I love saving money – don’t you?