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There are scam emails currently circulating that pretend to be from reputable energy companies, which claim you owe money for an outstanding gas or electricity bill and ask you to click on a link to view your account or to make a payment.   They often involve you being illegally contacted by an individual or company who pretend to be from AGL and who try to gain your personal information by falsely saying things like: Your AGL energy bill is overdue and you need to share your credit card or bank account details to avoid being disconnected; or You’ve been overcharged and we need your credit card in order to refund you. These are just two examples, but if you receive a phone call or email that’s similarly unusual or suspicious that asks for your financial information, please do two things: Ignore it; and Call us directly on 131 245 to check whether we have been trying to contact you. If you’ve provided your details on a website, by email or over the phone, and you believe you may have been a victim of fraud, please contact your financial institution immediately. Remember, AGL will never send you emails asking for personal banking or financial details. How the scams work:   You receive an email from a reputable energy company claiming that you owe them money. The email may appear to come from a department like the 'Accounts Receivable Team' or 'Accounts Payable'. The email may contain the subject title 'Your AGL Bills Update ✔'. The email may or may not be from your current energy provider. The email may claim that you have exceeded your energy consumption limit and need to pay or even that you are eligible to use a discounted energy tariff if you click on the link. The email may direct you to click on a link to view your account, pay your bill or download an attachment. If you click on the link, your computer may be infected with malicious software and your identity compromised. If you 'pay' the amount, you will lose your money and may have your credit card details stolen.   How to protect yourself:    If you receive a suspicious email for outstanding energy usage - delete it immediately. If you're not sure if this is a scam, contact your energy provider with the contact details from their website and not from the email. Look out for tell tale signs of a scam email, including spelling mistakes and poor grammar. Never click on the links from suspicious emails and delete them immediately.    For more information visit the Scam Watch website.
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All meters have a display or information button (clear or grey in colour) which lets you scroll through its different registers. What you’ll see will all depend on the type of meter you have. If you live in New South Wales, Queensland or South Australia, you’ll have one of the meters pictured below installed. Have a look to see which one is yours. Meter type: ‘Mk10D’ – Three phase, one element:     The table below shows meters register, LCD Label and Description.    Register LCD Description F03D 01 Standard Current Date and Time 1E00 03 Net Export Wh Total IE10 13 Net Import Wh Total       Meter type ‘MK7C’ – One phase, one element:     LCD Description 01 Standard Current Date and Time 03 Net Export Wh Total, Cumulative Total, Unified 13 Net Import Wh Total, Cumulative Total, Unified       Meter type ‘MK7A2’ – One phase, two element:     LCD Description As Per Configuration 01* Standard Current Date and Time 03* Net Export Wh Total 13* Net Import Wh Total 07* Export Wh Load (Gross Solar in case of PFIT) 43 Import Wh - Controlled Load 53 Export Wh Total - General Light and Power 63 Import Wh Total - General Light and Power   *Some of the older meters will only have 4 LCD displays (01, 03, 07 and 13)
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If you have a smart electricity meter that’s remotely-read every day, we can use real usage data to work out your monthly bill.   However, if your meter is read every two to three months and we don’t have actual data to use each month, we use a process to estimate your energy usage that looks at your past energy usage and takes into account seasonal factors. Then, when an actual meter reading comes through, we adjust your account if we need to. If you’re new to AGL and historical metering data is not available, estimates are based on the average energy usage of similar customers over the same period. Customers who are on My AGL Monthly Bill and have a basic meter can give us their own meter read by entering it into My Account . Check out this Community post that explains this in further detail.      
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Estimated bills are based on our estimate of your energy usage (rather than an actual read of your meter). There are a number of reasons why this may happen. For example, we might estimate your usage if your Distributor (who provide your usage information to us, your Retailer) has trouble accessing your meter to read it. This might be because your meter’s been installed indoors, behind a locked gate, or somewhere that’s protected by a dog. Another common reason for getting estimated bills is that you have chosen to receive monthly bills. Unless you have a digital meter installed at home that gives us your usage information every day, we’re likely to only get an actual read from your Distributor every two or three months. When we get an actual meter read from your Distributor after giving you an estimated bill, we’ll check and potentially correct your account based on whether we’ve charged you too much or too little. This might lead to you getting an adjusted energy bill down the track. You can tell if your bill is based on an estimate or an actual meter reading by looking at the ‘Reading Type’ or ‘Current Reading’ section on the back page of your bill. To ask for an actual meter reading (a fee may apply), please call us anytime 24/7 on 131 245.
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Digital meters, otherwise known as smart meters, are the next generation of electricity meters, replacing analogue ones. They measure your home’s electricity use in 30-minute intervals, and can send this data automatically to your energy retailer every day using a secure wireless network. Digital meters allow you to have correct meter readings and more accurate bills, plus they give you the power to track your usage, manage and pay your bills and even set alerts for yourself using AGL IQ in the AGL Energy App. Digital meters are installed by qualified electricians, and depending on your home’s set up and situation, the installation process normally takes 30 minutes to 2 hours to complete.
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  We’ve released a free smartphone app to give you greater visibility and control over your energy usage. The AGL Energy app has been launched with Apple iOS compatibility, with planned compatibility for Android devices in the near future.   The new AGL Energy iPhone App lets you stay in control, informed and connected so it’s easier to manage your budget and avoid surprises on your bill.     For solar customers, this also includes a solar monitoring tool that can help you increase system performance and potential savings. Real-time monitoring of both solar production and household consumption. Automatic fault and diagnosis alerts if there’s an issue. Easy to view and understand solar dashboard. If you’re an AGL customer, the AGL Energy App lets you: Track your electricity and gas usage details with summaries and graphs. View your account balance. Pay your bills on the go. If you have an active digital meter you can also: View your electricity usage by day, week, month or year along with a projection of your final bill * . Set usage alerts to avoid surprises on your bill. AGL’s new mobile app is free and is available through iTunes to residential customers on iOS devices.   For more information and FAQs visit: www.agl.com.au/app or ask us a question here!    
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Call us anytime 24/7 on 131 245. A member of our customer service team can verify who you are and help you out.
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If you pay your energy bills using a credit card, or any card that uses a credit card payment facility, AGL is charged a merchant services fee by your financial institution. This will appear on your next bill as ‘payment processing fee’. You can view the Payment Processing Fee amount in your relevant state’s Fee Schedule. There are other methods for paying your energy bills with AGL that won’t incur a payment processing fee, which you can learn about in the Billing and Payments section of Help and Support.
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Please call us anytime 24/7 on 131 245 if you’re having trouble paying your bill. You may qualify for a payment plan, relief scheme or a government funded concession.
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If the smell of gas is coming from an appliance on your property, or from pipework near the gas meter, turn the natural gas meter handle to the off position first before you immediately phone your local plumber or gas fitter or, if you rent, your real estate agent.   If you pinpoint the smell is coming from the meter, or if it’s making a hissing sound, phone the appropriate number listed on the Emergencies and Outages page anytime, day or night.
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You can access your metering data by completing the Single metering data request or Multiple metering data requests form available here.
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By choosing eBilling, you’ll be emailed a secure and temporary link for where you can download an electronic copy of your bill online, rather than being mailed a paper copy. eBills have the same information as paper bills, right down to the messages and inserts that you’d otherwise find in the envelope, and you can pay them using the exact same payment methods. Plus we can email you other important messages about your account, like reminder notices.   Just remember to update your email address if you ever change it, either by logging into My Account or calling 131 245, anytime 24/7. And to keep your information safe and confidential, be sure to use a personal email address that no one else has access to. 
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If you answer yes to the following questions we recommend that you give one of our battery experts a call to discuss how the virtual power plant can benefit you:   Do you own your own property? Do you have a solar system installed or interested in going solar? Do you live in metropolitan Adelaide? Are producing excess solar energy and being paid a feed-in tariff? Are you buying energy from the grid when solar energy is not available?   Any home that generates sufficient excess solar energy could benefit from participating in AGL’s virtual power plant, by using more of the solar energy you produce. If you are currently on a government solar bonus scheme feed-in tariff, installing a battery will affect your eligibility to access that scheme. You should consider your own personal circumstances when deciding whether to purchase a battery as part of this virtual power plant offer. You must be an existing AGL Energy electricity customer or wanting to make the switch to participate in this offer, and remain with AGL for your electricity for the term of the agreement. If you’re currently with another electricity retailer, one of our friendly AGL customer representatives can help you make the switch.
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Yes, you can – and it doesn’t matter if you’re signed up to eBilling or get mailed paper bills either.   Direct Debit lets you pay each bill by its due date automatically, helping you to keep on top of them.   Simply head to this page to get started with setting up Direct Debit - just have your account number handy, as you'll need this to sign up. Otherwise, call us anytime 24/7 on 131 245 and we’ll help set it up over the phone.
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If you live in Queensland, the distributor (who looks after the poles, wires and gas pipes in your area) requires a visual inspection of your meter to ensure that your meter is safe.   Do you need more information? Search for answers or ask a question at The AGL Community.
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Who is entitled to a concession and how these are applied can change from state to state.   Please go to our concessions page to see if you’re entitled to a State Government funded energy concession, or call us on 131 245 anytime 24/7 for more information.
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First, try to see if your property is the only one affected. If your neighbours are also affected, please phone the appropriate number listed on the Emergencies and Outages page anytime, day or night. You’ll also find these details on your AGL bill.   If you find that your property is the only one affected, start by checking the mains switch in your fuse box. If you discover a single appliance has been affected, check that it’s been properly assembled and connected. A good way to do this is by plugging a hair dryer or table lamp into the power point to see if there’s any electricity coming through.   If you ever have an electrical fault in your house or with an appliances, please contact a licensed electrician to fix it. Never try to do it yourself.
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Who has a digital meter and how they’re rolled out is different from state to state across Australia.   In some states the roll out of digital meters is mandatory. For example in Victoria, all electricity meters have now been replaced with digital ones as part of a joint Government and industry initiative for residential and small business customers. However, in some states it’s up to the home or business owner to decide if they’d like a digital meter installed. Head to your State Government’s website to learn more about their position on digital meters where you live.
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 A virtual power plant put simply is a collection of individual batteries that are managed in unison to help power customers’ homes and support the grid.   It works like this – the battery installed in your home stores excess solar energy produced by your system, to use when you need it. This helps you to use more of your own solar energy and less from the grid. The virtual power plant then uses the solar energy stored in batteries benefiting you and your community to help support the power grid during peak usage times. Most of the time your battery will be actively managed to power your home with green energy and help save money on your bills.
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No. In most cases, the same electricity rates that applied to your analogue meter will apply to your digital one.
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