How a new power monitoring app is helping cut electricity bills by 20pc

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:47:53 AM. A new app that allows people to monitor their power consumption and pay their bills using a mobile phone-style plan is the way of the future, WA Energy Minister Ben Wyatt says.
Photo: Stuart Horne's home is the first in WA to have the solar package installed. (ABC News: Erin Parke) A new app that allows people to monitor their power consumption and pay their bills using a mobile phone-style plan is the "way of the future", according to Energy Minister Ben Wyatt. The MyPower pricing plan is being rolled out in the northern WA towns of Broome and Port Hedland — and the State Government says it's only a matter of time before the infrastructure and retail model is rolled out in the south. "This is the future of power in WA, as it just means people will be able to consume power, and buy power, according to a plan much like their mobile phone, with much more control and choice," Mr Wyatt said. "Clearly this is the way for Western Australians to take more control and also have a better understanding of their power bills." Using the app, Horizon Power customers can monitor their electricity usage through the installation of so-called "smart meters" in households across WA's north. The app is linked to a more flexible model of pricing, which allows people to earn rebates by using less electricity during peak times. Instant feedback on power-guzzling Horizon Power managing director Frank Tudor said a trial run in Port Hedland earlier this year showed monitoring power usage motivated people to switch off unnecessary appliances. "We're giving people instantaneous feedback on a phone app, so they're actually seeing how their energy consumption is going and...Read more
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