Tuesday, 23 February 2016 19:40

New app helps monitor energy costs in real time

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Energy company AGL has launched a new version of its mobile app which it says can help customers save money on their electricity and gas bills, and solar energy consumption.

AGL, claiming a place as the first major energy retailer to launch a mobile app in the Australian market nearly a year ago, says its latest app version, addresses real-time analytics about the performance and efficiency of a customer’s solar rooftop system to their electricity and gas usage data.

The app analyses rooftop system size and age, orientation and local weather conditions to give customers a clear snapshot of their solar system’s performance.

AGL Executive General Manager Energy Markets, Stephen Mikkelsen, said customers have said they are looking for access to information to enable them to be in more control of their home energy needs.

“Most people don’t know if their solar system is operating at maximum efficiency until one or two bills later, when they may see a drop off in production levels. This loss of production represents a loss of earning potential.

“Now, with our app, our customers have information about how well their solar system is performing and if it’s not optimised, they can have it fixed quickly and maximise their earning potential.

“With information like this available in real time, in future customers will be able to use the energy or sell it back to the grid on a daily, even hourly basis.”

The AGL app allows customers to pay bills, view billing information, make projections of future bills to help avoid bill surprises, as well as determine how much and how efficiently their solar system is producing electricity.

The app is free and currently available through the App Store and Google Play.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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