How To Save The Cost of Your Phone Bill on Your Household Electricity
In Australia we have been blessed with the luxury of affordable mobile phone plans from various phone carriers – Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and their resellers. You can pick up a good plan for around $30 or $40 a month easily enough, whether pre-paid or post-paid. This is typically around a dollar a day, more or less.
But if you compare this with our home electricity bills, a family electricity bill is easily $3 and up per day – to cover the cost of lighting, heating, cooking, and the use of electrical devices.
At this point in time there is a focus on how the electrical companies are tending to charge like a raging bull, with the ever-increasing cost of electricity.
If you’ve been able to take up the offer of solar panels to reduce the long term expense of electricity through your home, then you would be already starting to see the light at the end of a dark tunnel. And further if you are part of the minority and have battery storage as well, then you’re probably smiling as you read this and aren’t having to often use the services of the electrical provider you’re signed up with.
But if you’ve got solar (and heck if you’re saying you can’t afford it, then you really haven’t done your research – if you can afford to pay your electricity bills then you can afford solar!) and are using an electric hot water system that’s still plugged into the grid that powers up in the wee hours of the morning, then you’re getting ripped off – yet again.
How to Save Over $365 a year in Your Electricity Bills With Solar
OK, so you’ve got solar, and you’ve got an electric hot water system. But your hot water is still connected to the grid.
If you’ve got a family, then it’s still costing you around $1,250 a year to run your hot water system using off-peak power.
Now we need to make your solar start to pay for itself, rather than export it back to the grid — unless you’re on a good wicket from the Aussie government and are getting the old rate for your export, which expires around 2026.
To make your solar work harder, and your hot water system to get disconnected from the off-peak grid, then we simply need to install a device called a Paladin.
The way this works is that it intercepts the power that is generated from your solar panels and sends it to your hot water system — making the most of it during the time that the sun is shining.
Once installed, the Paladin sits quietly heating your hot water during the day, even when it’s cloudy. It raises the water temperature above 70 Deg C (by law, to stop the nasty bugs from breeding in your hot water system) and when it’s finished heating it starts to export the remaining energy back to the grid so you can make a little cash on the side.
And that’s as easy as it is.
For most people, they are saving at least $1 a day – typically more – making a total annual saving over $365.
Below – here’s a snapshot of the Paladin, and how it looks installed on my property. I swear by it!