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!
How can I pay my bill? AGL knows that paying bills is the last thing on your to-do list each day. So we’ve made it easier by giving you as many different ways to pay your account as there are days in the week. We know that life’s short. Rather than spend it stuck in a queue or digging in your kitchen drawer for your latest bill, we’ve come up with a few handy ways you can pay your AGL account and get back to the important stuff. From paying in cash at the post office to popping a cheque in the mail, to online options like BPAY and PayPal, there’s a simple option for everyone. Here are all the ways you can pay: Direct debit: An automatic arrangement to debit your bank account or credit card for your entire bill on the due date (paying by credit or debit card can attract a payment processing fee. You can view the Payment Processing Fee amount in your relevant state’s Fee Schedule. Use your credit card to pay online or by calling 1300 657 386. BPAY: Use your bank’s internet banking system to pay via BPAY, or send bills directly to BPAY View. Mail: Pay your account by cheque or money order, mailed to: AGL Sales Pty Ltd, Locked Bag 20024, Melbourne VIC 3001. Centrepay: Make regular payments directly from your Centrelink payment benefit. Post Billpay: Pay via your local post office or the Post Billpay web page. PayPal: Pay online with your PayPal account. By far, the easiest way to manage your account is with AGL Energy Online. With this free service you can pay your bill, view your usage history and update your account details. As well, to help you avoid the ups and downs that come with the changing of the seasons, we created Bill Smoothing. In a nutshell, we average out your annual energy use across the year and divide that into the same regular weekly, fortnightly or monthly amount. This will ensure you never get surprised when you open your next bill. We also reassess the periodic amount you pay against your actual usage and adjust it if necessary. We also know that life doesn’t always go to plan. Unscheduled car maintenance, illness or any number of unexpected events can really put a dent in your finances. Don’t worry. We have dedicated people who can help you get back on track. A specially trained member of our Staying Connected team can discuss your needs and work out the best way to help you manage your account. For more information visit our website or call us on 131 245. With a variety of ways to pay your energy bill, flexible payment plans and assistance if life gets a little tough, AGL is here to help. ~Authored by Mark Gambino
How do LED lights work? Did you know that replacing your old halogen downlights with low-energy LED lighting is one of the simplest and easiest things you can do to save energy in your home and reduce your power bill? What is LED? LED stands for light-emitting diode. To get technical, LED is a semiconductor that converts electricity into light. It’s one of the newer technologies available in energy-efficient lighting. How long do LED lights last? LEDs last a long time compared to traditional incandescent (think Thomas Edison) or halogen lights. AGL uses high quality LED downlights that come with a three-year manufacturer’s warranty and have an average life span of between 15,000 and 70,000 hours. How can a light bulb be energy efficient? It’s estimated LEDs use approximately 85 per cent less energy than halogen or incandescent lighting. So, installing LED lighting can really reduce your energy consumption and ultimately lead to savings on your energy bill. What is the difference between LED, halogen and incandescent lighting? The main difference between LED and halogen and incandescent lighting is energy efficiency. LEDs are longer lasting and cost less to run. Depending on the type used, LEDs can last 30–50 times longer than traditional incandescent lighting. They’re also smaller, and can be faster-switching depending on the light fitting. Also, compared to halogen lighting, LED downlights are safer, as they have a lower risk of fire because they run at lower temperatures. Are there any other energy-efficient lighting alternatives? You can get a variety of energy-efficient lighting, such as eco-halogens or compact fluorescent tubes. However, LEDs still beat the rest for energy efficiency and longevity. Note that many kinds of incandescent bulbs are no longer available, having been phased out by the government from 2009. To see how much you could save by switching from halogen to LED downlights visit our online calculator. At AGL we can supply and professionally fit a range of LED lights. You can find more information about LED lighting and other AGL Smarter Living products here, or by giving us a call on 131 766. ~Authored by Emma Sorensen
A power outage can be inconvenient and frustrating, but here are a few ways to make it easier to cope with. Experiencing a total loss of power can be a frightening thing. You could be watching TV or having dinner with the family, when suddenly you’re plunged back into the Dark Ages. Not fun. First of all, don’t panic. Unless there’s a major emergency in your home or the local area, power outages are usually temporary. If you think the outage poses a threat to your life or property – like a powerline has come down outside – immediately call 000 and talk to an emergency operator. They’ll provide instructions on what to do next. If it’s not an emergency, stick your head outside to see if there are any other lights on in your street or area. If it’s just you, you should be able to see streetlights or other people’s house lights. Knowing this can help you swiftly find out why you’ve lost power. There are a number of companies that supply electricity to various areas. You can use our electricity distributor lookup tool to find out who distributes power in your area. The companies are: Victoria (electricity), New South Wales (gas): Jemena Electricity – 131 626. Victoria: United Energy – 132 099. Victoria: CitiPower – 131 280. Victoria: Powercor – 132 412. Victoria: AusNet Services – 131 799. Queensland: Energex – 13 62 62 South Australia: SA Power Networks – 13 12 61. Your distributor is the first place to call to report your fault and have it investigated. If you have access to the internet on a phone or tablet, you can visit our page on Emergencies and Outages, which will tell you if there’s a fault or emergency in your area. Rest assured that if the issue lies with us we’ll be doing everything we can to restore services as soon as possible. Check back regularly to see the status of the outage. Planning ahead So as not to get caught unawares by a power outage, a good thing to do is keep an AGL bill around, like on the fridge or in your bottom kitchen drawer. On the front of your bill you’ll find a Faults and Emergencies phone number. Also, keep a torch handy – either by the front door or on a key ring. There’s nothing worse than bumping your shin on a piece of furniture when moving around in the dark. This can also help you find the Faults and Emergencies contact number on your bill. By following these simple tips you’ll be out of the dark as soon as possible. ~Authored by Mark Gambino
We all know renewable energy is the way forward. And if you want to do your bit for the environment as well as your wallet, talking to AGL about installing solar could be the answer, because offer many benefits. How does solar energy work? Solar panels, also known as photovoltaic panels (PV panels), convert sunlight into energy. This energy is then converted into electricity using an inverter. The electricity either powers your home energy needs or can be fed back into the grid. How solar can reduce your energy bills Installing solar energy can help reduce your energy bills in two key ways: You’re generating power yourself, therefore you’re reducing the amount of power you need to buy off the grid. You could be entitled to a tariff for any excess power you sell back to the grid. The key environmental benefits of solar AGL uses solar panels which are high quality, efficient and long lasting. Any energy used to manufacture or install the system is typically paid back many times over with the energy it produces over its lifetime. And, once installed, solar energy does not produce any greenhouse gas emissions. The costs of solar energy There is an initial outlay to install solar energy (either electricity or hot water). However, you may find these establishment costs are covered by the savings you make over time in energy costs. If you pay up-front you start saving immediately. Paying upfront for a solar power system or interest free finance may not be suitable for everyone. AGL does have a solar smart plan which features the benefits of solar for $0 upfront, with low, long term solar energy rates. AGL will also guarantee the minimum amount of solar energy production and maintain the system. And, depending on where you live, if you feed excess electricity back into the grid you could be entitled to a credit. There are also government incentives available for installing renewable energy like solar, including the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES). AGL is Australia’s largest non-government owner and operator of renewable energy assets. And when it comes to solar energy we don’t believe one size fits all. We provide expert advice and tailor solar solutions specifically for you that take into account your particular property, energy consumption and your budget. Visit our solar energy page to find out how we can tailor a solar solution for your property or to enquire about a free quote. Or, you can always call us on 1300 377 118.
We've expanded our Power Advantage range of energy storage devices with two larger size batteries for residential customers. The new offering suits a wider range of households and home energy uses, giving residential customers more control in managing how they generate and use their energy, helping to reduce energy bills. AGL is today introducing two new batteries with storage capacities of 11.6 kWh and 19.4 kWh catering for bigger solar PV (photovoltaic) systems and larger household consumptions. The two new batteries are manufactured by Sunverge, a San-Francisco-based leader in solar and battery storage solutions. Both batteries have been through AGL’s rigorous testing standards to ensure they are suited to Australian conditions and are backed by a 10 year warranty. The new batteries also include an inverter with installation included. AGL’s Power Advantage range now covers solar PV systems from 4 kW to more than 5 kW in size and enables a solution for most types of households and energy usage. AGL has plans to continually develop its suite of products and offers a range of payment methods to cater to a wide range of home and business sizes and types. For more information visit the AGL Solar website or call 1300 760 034. AGL Power Advantage Range Product Large Extra Large Battery Sunverge SIS 11.6 Sunverge SIS 19.4 Typical household 3-4 bedroom home with a 4.5KW+ solar system 5+ bedroom home with 5kW+ solar system Capacity 11.6 kWh 19.4 kWh Usable 9.9 kWh 16.5 kWh Solar System Size 4-5 kW* 4-5 kW* Power Output 5 kW 5 kW Backup Power Output 6.8 kW 6.8 kW Install Location Indoor or outdoor Indoor or outdoor Lifecycle 7000 cycles 7000 cycles Warranty 10 years 10 years Dimensions 186cm x 86cm x 36cm 186cm x 86cm x 36cm Ideal daily solar export >9kWh and <15kWh >15kWh
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.
In order to maximise savings from a battery, you will need to have enough excess solar to charge the battery each day and enough energy consumption to discharge it each day. AGL offers a range of sizes to choose from and our AGL’s battery experts will be able to help you determine the best solution for your needs – give them a call on 1300 760 034 (8.30am – 5.30pm AEST Mon to Fri).
Yes. If your solar system is not producing enough energy to charge your Sunverge battery, you can power it from the grid. If you wish to have your battery system programmed to charge from the grid, or if you wish to make changes to that program, you will need to make a request through our AGL Customer Services team by phone or email to set up the charging program.
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First, we check how much electricity you’ve used at home. Then, based on your usage, we work out how much carbon that’s equal to by using official estimates calculated by the Australian Government Department of the Environment. Knowing that, we can buy the equivalent number of “carbon offsets” from our suppliers, representing the removal of that amount of carbon from the atmosphere. To learn more about carbon calculations for your state, visit environment.gov.au.
As well as complying with the Kyoto Protocol, all of the Future Forests target areas have Carbon Rights and Carbon Covenants registered on their land titles – meaning it’s illegal for their current or future landowners to damage of remove any trees for the next 100 years.
It was established in 2003 as a best practice benchmark for energy projects developed under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), to make sure they’re delivering genuine emission reductions and long-term sustainable development. Endorsed by more than 80 non-government organisations (NGOs) and with over 1,100 projects across 70 countries undergoing certification, the Gold Standard is now the global benchmark for climate and development initiatives with the highest integrity and greatest impact. For more info head to the Gold Standard website.
Basically, it’s the term used to describe the chemical process that takes place when trees absorb and remove carbon dioxide (or C02-e) from the atmosphere – which is how Future Forests helps offset carbon emissions.