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Why are my power bills so high?

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Not many people have independent water and sewerage. 

 

My in-laws do (not in Oz though). They have artesian water available via a pump/well and a septic tank. They periodically pay someone to empty the tank (once or twice a year).

 

If you need someone to pump it out you may not save a lot, and treating waste may not be popular with your neighbours. :)

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The deal announced on Thursday involves installing SunPower solar panels and Sunverge energy storage systems in 33 homes in Toowoomba, Townsville and Cannonvale in a program that will receive $400,000 of funding by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. 

Customers can control their Sunverge storage system through their smartphones.
Customers can control their Sunverge storage system through their smartphones. Photo: Supplied
The Sunverge systems include back-up power, a six-kilowatt inverter with 11.6 kilowatt-hours of energy and a sophisticated communications and control capability that allows the utility to control and collectively manage them to increase the efficiency of power supply on its grid.
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Ergon is also involved in a trial of Panasonic batteries, although that is understood to be a smaller-scale pilot exercise.
Sunverge chief executive Ken Munson said the technology involved in the Sunverge systems allowed a network to collectively control units to form a "virtual power plant", which could instantaneously feed power into the grid when required.
 

 

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