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Published 3 January, 2017 by Reposit Power
 Insiders guide to energy saving

What are electricity tariffs, and which one should you choose?

An electricity tariff is the pricing structure an electricity company charges for energy consumption. When you own a battery, or are considering buying one, it’s important to be on the right plan.

Let’s start by understanding your bill. Depending on your local circumstances you are likely to see one or more of the following components on your bill:

  1. a daily fee which is levied regardless of the amount of energy you consume
  2. a volumetric charge which is based on the amount of energy you consume from the grid
  3. green fees, often optional, which cover the increased cost of supplying cleaner power to your home
  4. a feed-in rate which is paid to you for solar exports - this is normally a low rate unless you have the Government regulated premium rate (no longer available)
  5. a demand fee which is based on the maximum amount of power you consumed - for example if you turn on all your appliances at once, even for a short period, this fee will be high. These have been in place for commercial customers for some time and are being introduced on some residential tariffs 
  6. a GridCredits rate - this is a special rate, like a feed in tariff, but is only paid to you when the grid is short of energy and prices spike. It is normally a much higher rate than the feed in rate

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The volumetric charge comes in two types:

  • a flat rate  - when there is a fixed rate per unit of energy consumed regardless of the time of day
  • a time of use rate (ToU) - customers are charged at different rates of cost per unit, one kilowatt hour, (1kWh) of electrical energy consumed depending on the time of day

Reposit works best with ToU electricity tariffs. These tariffs fluctuate during the day based on electricity prices and are typically separated into off-peak rates, peak rates, and shoulder rates. ToU tariffs are billed in 30 minute intervals, for example, there would be a billing interval between 1:00am and 1:30am and another between 1:30am and 2:00am.

Get the most value from your solar battery setup

Many customers are reluctant to sign up to ToU tariffs because they have higher costs during the day when you're more likely to use energy. However, with Reposit’s smart technology, your solar battery setup will always charge from the lowest electricity price.

Reposit uses ToU tariffs to charge your battery by predicting your household electricity consumption and solar generation 24 hours in advance. Reposit knows when to charge your battery and from what source - either during cheap off-peak periods, or from the sun when there's plenty of solar generation.

Get even more value for money by getting a Reposit Powered solar battery setup. Once you’re connected with a Reposit plan, be sure to choose an electricity company that offers GridCredits® so you can tap into even more savings by selling your excess power back to the grid.
Reposit also works very well for demand tariffs because your battery can be used to reduce your maximum demand during critical periods.
Find out how you'll always get more value for money with Reposit, get in touch with one of our awesome consultants today.

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