Author: John Riedl

  Keeping a pool clean and comfortable is a technical business! However, pool owners shouldn’t feel worried or intimidated by all the jargon. Here are some common swimming pool terms you should know, what they mean and why they are important.   pH This is the first thing that needs management in a pool! pH […]

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Pooled Energy achieved its first 1,000 pools under management in January 2019 and is using them to deliver big savings to its customers.  The aggregate energy consumption reductions delivered by Pooled Energy at these 1,000 pools, is enough to power ~400 average Australian dwellings. As a group, these pools are now removing annual consumption of […]

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1. Heating and Cooling Run the air-conditioning a little warmer in summer and a little cooler in winter. It will make a big difference. Air conditioners’ efficiency drops dramatically once the temperature difference between the inside of your home and the air outside is greater than eight degrees. An increase of the air conditioning temperature […]

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Are you seeing rust or corrosion on stainless steel components in your swimming pool? What does the manufacturer or the pool shop say? They say it’s the water chemistry, right? Too acid or too alkaline or some costly chemical component they can sell you is missing. Wrong! It’s not the water. It’s not the chemicals. […]

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Camilla’s green pool was a ‘pea soup’ – until the Pooled Energy team, headed by Thomas, came to the rescue. The Pooled Energy system was installed on Monday 29 October 2018 – when Camilla’s green pool looked like this (pictures from Thomas’ cell phone).     By Thursday 1 November 2018 the difference was clear. Camilla’s […]

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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 report has been widely reported and summarised in the media and […]

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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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