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Ausgrid, the poles and wires distributor of electricity to much of Sydney and to most Pooled Energy customers, has advised the introduction of Seasonal Time-of-Use Periods for all customers on Time-of-Use tariffs, effective 1st July 2018. This means that your peak and shoulder usage will change depending on whether it is a working day and whether […]

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This is the title of an interesting article by Finn Peacock, an industry consultant and strong advocate of solar energy. The following is a much shortened version. The link to the original article is given below. The top 6 battery myths  Myth #1: Batteries improve the economics of solar power Many Solar PV owners look […]

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Electricity meters are often confusingly named but there are 3 basic types:- The old, Black Spinning Disc Meters that have been in use for about 100 years. These are also called accumulation meters as they add up the total amount of electricity used. They are like the odometer in the car. They simply tell you […]

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This article is intended to give you a factual, technical view of the State of the Grid without bias, political or environmental views. The ACCC Report The ACCC released a 400 page report, “Restoring Electricity Affordability and Australia’s Competitive Advantage in early July.   The full report is here:- ACCC Report – Restoring Electricity Affordability The […]

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SOLAR PV and POOLS – non-Pooled Energy pool Below are examples of a non-Pooled Energy pool in Coogee, with data taken during different weather over a single week. This data is derived from a third party, solar monitoring service for a home.   The time-clocks for the operation of the pool are set to use electricity […]

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Pooled Energy has a new algorithm (under development) in the Network Operating Centre, which is inside the Internet Cloud, that looks out for pool leaks. These can be difficult to distinguish, especially in pools which have automatic top-up. Below is shown a trend of a pool’s salinity over 5 weeks. In a normal pool, the […]

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When you slow most things down it is quite reasonable to expect that you will save a bit of energy, just think of the difference between running and walking or driving your car more slowly. In most cases a 10% reduction in speed gives you a 10% reduction in energy. Pool Pumps are different however […]

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The operating time of pool equipment required to maintain pool water in a good quality state can be reduced in winter as biological activity declines with the decline in water temperature and solar radiation. Some people even go so far as to turn their pool equipment off in winter because of concerns about the high […]

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The electricity grid is increasingly challenged.  Pooled Energy helps stabilize the grid and reduce greenhouse emissions The Australian Electricity Market Operator (AEMO) has just released their review of the electricity grid performance over summer 2017-18, and it shows how challenging and expensive it has become to keep enough backup power available to avoid blackouts. Last […]

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This section is a regular feature of our newsletters.  It is intended to be unbiased, general Industry comment dealing in objective facts. What do Star Ratings mean?   They have been used in the US since the 1970s and in Australia since the 1980s.   There used to be a 6 star system, which was […]

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