Energy advice

We help you understand energy, so you can use it wisely

What are your energy goals?

Energy advice means providing a series of recommended actions in order to achieve your home or business’s energy goals.

Everyone’s goals are different, but common examples include saving money to meet a budget, getting setup to generate electricity at your site, or even reducing your carbon footprint to zero.

In order to provide quality energy advice, it’s necessary to have a detailed understanding of your current energy usage, your goals and, of course, a deep understanding of how the Australian energy industry works.

Quality advice is rarely generic, it should be tailored to your needs, and that’s where Bulk Energy comes in.

Bulk Energy Advice

As part of our energy procurement services, we offer a free energy assessment (free in terms of cost, and obligation to proceed). When you’re ready to get started, you can contact us here.

In the meantime, here are some “energy advice easy wins” that can help almost anyone to gain a better understanding of their energy usage, reduce consumption with energy efficient devices, and enjoy the convenience of the latest smart energy gadgets.

Most of this energy advice comes from the Bulk Energy blog, which we try to update a couple of times a week.

So… let’s get started!

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Start by better understanding your energy usage.

Knowing where you’re at is a great place to start, and gives you an important point of reference to measure future gains.

The first thing you need to do is grab a copy of your latest electricity bill and check out our article on how to read your energy bill like a pro

Then, to get an even deeper understanding of where your energy consumption is coming from, check out these 4 ways to find out which of your appliances use the most energy.

Once you know where you’re using energy, it’s time to improve efficiency.

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Save money (and the planet) by reducing energy consumption.

For small business owners, we recommend you check out these seven simple steps to cut small business energy costs and how to make your business more carbon friendly.

For your home, our article how to reduce your energy consumption at home is a great place to start.

From there, perhaps the most obvious energy advice to reduce consumption, is to upgrade to LED lightbulbs. If you haven’t done this yet, read our LED lightbulbs: Top 3 purchasing tips and make the change today.

At home, one of the most energy-hungry appliances is the humble television. Check out our post on the most energy efficient televisions, where we ask: Is it worth upgrading?

Next on the hit-list is heating and cooling: If your air-conditioning is looking out-of-date, it might be time to upgrade and save

When it comes to heating, we broke our energy advice into two parts:

Our Winter Heating Guide: Electric heating.

Our Winter Heating Guide: Gas heating.

…and while we don’t expect anyone to really make one of these, the theory is interesting: Here’s a DIY room heater that costs just a few cents to run per day

Whichever type of heating you choose, it might pay to check out these five ways to save on your Winter heating bill.

And finally, when your hot water system is due for an upgrade, consider going with a tankless water heater: Here are the pros and cons.

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Enjoy the convenience (and fun!) of the latest smart energy gadgets.

One of the easiest ways to get started with home automation, is with smart LED lightbulbs. They look like regular lightbulbs, plug into conventional light sockets, and being LED are energy efficient, but are equipped with the technology to connect to your wireless network, and can thus be controlled by your smartphone.

“Controlled?” you ask? Well… yes! The lighting level can be adjusted much like a dimmer switch, which is handy, but perhaps much more impressive – the colour of the lightbulb can be changed! 

While Some manufacturers offer colour temperature adjustments between 2700K (warm white) and 6500K (cool white), others allow you to switch to blue, green and even red light, if you like.

While it’s fun to dim the lights from your phone, it’s ultimately more convenient to let your smart appliances do the thinking for you. Smart thermostats and Smart Power Switches (Eco Switches) are two examples of “set and forget” gadgets that can save you money. To learn more, check out our article on 4 energy saving devices for your home or office.

In our opinion, however, the ultimate gadget is the home battery.

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Take the next step — generate and store electricity.

Improving efficiency is one thing, but what if you’re ready to take the next step and generate your own electricity? Here is some interesting energy advice to help you get started with solar power:

Solar inverters: What are the three main types?

Solar power: Tips to maximise your savings.

Your guide to buying solar panels wisely.

Why your solar panel system needs a home battery.

Whether you’re generating electricity with solar or not, the use of batteries to store electricity can have some massive benefits. This is known as demand side management. Sound interesting? Here are a couple of articles detailing battery technology readily available in Australia:

Is a battery array the answer to reducing your electricity costs?

Tesla Powerwall – The Future has arrived.

Ultimately, all this energy advice boils down to two outcomes: How to consume less electricity, and how to pay less for what you do use.

At Bulk Energy, we recommend you combine both approaches for a greater effect.

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Where to find the best energy rates?

At Bulk Energy, we can often find you a better deals than you’re getting from your current retailer. 

How? We have years of experience analysing energy invoices, and are experts at helping our clients eliminate hidden costs that can be easily avoided.

We work with all the major utility companies and create a competitive bidding environment, which results in you getting the lowest gas and electricity rates available.

The best part is that there are no upfront costs for our service, we are paid by the winning retailer.

If you like the sound of having an expert in your corner negotiating the best prices with power companies on your behalf, contact us today.

All we need to get started is a copy of your electricity bill, and from there we’ll assess how your rates measure up to the current market (which we monitor daily), whether you’re paying any hidden costs (which we’ll aim to remove), and talk to you about timing to market (timing is everything when it comes to getting the best deal).

Get your FREE bill check.

The next step to saving on energy is Bulk Energy’s FREE bill check.

  • For residential we check: Your rates, whether you are on a standing or market offer, and we’ll also look for hidden fees.
  • For tariff bills we check: Your rates, the details of your offer, and whether you are paying any hidden fees.
  • For large market bills we check: Your electricity charges, network charges, market charges (including environmental fees and market fees), your contract end date and usage — and much more!
Are you ready to take control of your energy spend?