Peak Partners is a program for you and your local community. It’s a way to make power supplies cheaper and more reliable,
by using less power during peak periods, in return for a cash payment.
The times when the electricity network is operating near full capacity are called peak events. These are infrequent periods, only occurring five to ten times a year, for a few hours each. If everyone used a bit less power during peaks, network costs would be lower, and so would customers’ bills.
Peak Partners don't have to do much. During peak events, AusNet Services will pay each Peak Partner to reduce their electricity use for a short time. This is just a matter of managing the way that electrical appliances are used, or even planning a trip to the shops or movies to coincide with a peak event.
Peak Partners are not obliged to reduce power use during peak events. But we’ll reward you if you do.
Electricity is billed in units called kilowatt hours (kWh). For every kWh of electricity saved during peak events, you will receive $5. This is likely to be more than 15 times what you are currently paying for electricity.
AusNet Services will also donate $40 to your school for each of the first 75 participants who join our project. The school donation could be up to $3000. (A very useful amount!).
The amount you earn from each peak event will add up over the summer. At the end of summer, we’ll send you pre-paid debit card for the full amount.
This is easy. You’ll be notified by SMS the day before an expected peak event. (These typically occur on hot afternoons and evenings on weekdays). You’ll also be notified by SMS at the start and end of each event.
Peak events only last a few hours, so reducing your power use during an event is easy, with some forward planning. Here’s some tips.
1. Reduce air conditioners use
Aircons are one of the most power hungry appliances in common use. So pre-cool your house before a peak event, then adjust your aircon temperature upward so it is not working as hard. (i.e. Set your aircon to 24 degrees, rather than 18). Also consider fans or evaporative coolers rather than aircons, as these use far less power.
2. Minimise electrical appliance use
Reschedule your use of power hungry electric appliances such as microwave ovens, electric cookers, kettles, coffee machines, hair dryers and wands, irons, pool pumps and spa pumps, vacuum cleaners, tumble dryers and electric garden tools, including electric lawn mowers.
3. Try some power smart behaviors
Schedule some time out of the house during peak events. Ensure windows are shaded from the outside. Close rooms that don’t require cooling. There’s plenty of ways to reduce your power use and your power bills.
To become a Peak Partner, simply register here. We’ll give you access to an online portal that allows to you to monitor your energy use.
If you wish, you can also choose from these options.
1. An advanced real-time electricity monitoring system that shows you where you are using electricity in the house.
2. An automatic control device for your air conditioner, if compatible.
We can help you decide if either of these options is right for you. You can contact us via email: email@example.com