how to read your electricity bill after solar system installation

how to read your electricity bill with solar

Unraveling the Mystery: Your Brisbane Solar Electricity Bill Explained

Ever looked at your solar electricity bill and felt like you’re trying to read a foreign language? You’re not alone. Let’s break down the jargon with some street-smart insights from fellow Brisbane solar system owners.

how to read your electricity bill after solar system installation

The Cast of Characters on Your Bill:

  • E1 & E2: Think of E1 as the ‘daytime drama’ of your energy usage and E2 as the ‘nighttime saga.’ E1 shows the energy you’ve used when the sun’s up, and E2 is all about what’s going on when the stars are out.
  • B1: This is your solar system’s cameo on the bill, showing the energy it’s sent out to the grid.

The Real Talk on Tariffs and Charges:

Community members like Ron D’Oh Hutson have done some digging, and here’s the lowdown on what’s driving up your bill:

  • Demand Charges: These are the pesky fees that sneak up on you during ‘peak’ hours. For Brisbane, this typically means between 4 PM and 9 PM. This is when most people will be using EV chargers, and as you know, the sun is not shining too bright in Brisbane during these ‘Peak hours’ – This is why solar Batteries are selling like hotcakes in Brisbane. Solar batteries, providing they are safe and reliable, are beginning to make a lot of sense. You can see our Brisbane Solar Battery Price list here.
  • Commercial Solar systems used to be handy for Peak-demand Charges, as this is how commercial premises were always billed, but not now. Residential households in Brisbane are now being billed in this style, once reserved exclusively for commercial businesses. 

Your Solar Bill Decoded: A Community-Powered Guide

Here’s a list of golden nuggets from the community to help you take charge of your bill:

  1. Robert Moss: Size matters. If your solar system is on the smaller side, you might miss out on peak production. Time to rethink?
  2. John Smith: Hot water woes? If you’re using a traditional hot water system, switch to solar. Also, keep that thermostat at 60°C and aim for 5 kWh a day.
  3. Paul Lewis: Don’t let discounts slip away. Make sure you’re getting that pay-on-time discount, it adds up.
  4. Ron D’Oh Hutson (again): Ditch the controlled load and use that solar-produced power during the day. A timer can help manage this.

Peak Demand Solar electricity bill in BrisbaneThe Solar Scorecard: Where Does Your Bill Stand?

Let’s lay it out in a table that even your next-door neighbor, who still thinks dial-up is just fine, could understand:

Item What It Means Community Tip
E1 Peak Usage Use less during peak hours (4-9 PM)
E2 Off-Peak Usage Consider heating water during the day
B1 Solar Export Ensure you’re getting a fair feed-in rate
Demand Charges Extra fees during peak hours Shop around for plans without them

Wrapping It Up: Your Action Plan

With insights from the likes of Anthony Bennett and Chris Taeni, you’re armed to tackle that bill head-on. So, get on the line with your energy provider (even if it takes an hour), demand explanations, and if they can’t straighten things out, well, it might be time to find someone who will.
It is best to check this website out to see if you can get yourself a better electricity rate and deal.

Remember, knowledge is power—quite literally when it comes to your solar electricity bill. With the tips from your Brisbane comrades, you’re ready to turn confusion into cost-saving moves.

With real talk and practical advice pulled straight from the community’s collective wisdom. It’s geared to help you, and your neighbors, make sense of the solar savings waiting to be unearthed in your electricity bill.

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