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One’s Power Bills are Through the Roof

We’ve come across a feature in the UK’s Financial Times newspaper this week concerning the Queen and her struggle against high energy bills. We only wish Her Majesty had stopped by the SmartNow office on her recent trip to Australia for some advice! Never one to be left behind, the Queen’s five “occupied royal palaces” […]

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The 10 Channel Bridge is Here!

Fresh from a great couple of days at All-Energy 2011, we are delighted to announce that the wait for the multi channel version of the Bridge is over! The new version of the Bridge enables users to post data from all ten channels from the EnviR to the web. If you are monitoring both your […]

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Sunny Days for Solar Overseas

We’re seldom short of solar news from around Australia to bring you in these turbulent times for clean energy. Today, however, we’re bringing you solar news from elsewhere on this lovely planet of ours. First to the UK: construction has recently been completed on the UK’s largest solar power plant. Completed in an impressively tight […]

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Solar Power to Undercut Coal?

An interesting article here http://my.enewsplus.co.uk/cm/public/enews/index.php?enewsid=4&templateid=90&ticketid=PD4OJR2LIN&mm=3963 from the All Energy Team Australia’s reluctance to embrace solar power could well change dramatically over the next 20 years even without a carbon tax. Due to the massive leaps that China is making at the moment in production and the reduction in cost of solar panels, it might not […]

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Turbulent Times for Wind Power

Instead of bringing you news of yet another blow to the struggling solar industry, today we bring you news of a crackdown on another form of clean energy – wind. The Victorian Government is amending planning laws regarding wind farms, giving households the power to veto wind turbines within two kilometres of their homes. Turbines […]

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Using the USB Data Cable with Windows 7 x 64

Please find below some helpful links for those customers trying to download the Driver for the USB data cable, with Windows 7 x 64. For the Windows 7 x 64 Driver click here: http://www.usglobalsat.com/download/546/win_drivers.zip which is version 1013 (WHQL Win 7 x64 Version 3.3.2.105) For a previous blog post about solving these issues click here: […]

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Alternative Software for the USB Data Cable

As most of our customers are aware, Google PowerMeter is due to close in September. We’ve already brought you some updates on what Bridge users can expect when this closure happens: http://www.smartnow.com.au/2011/06/28/the-bridge-some-exciting-current-cost-developments-smart-now-home-energy-monitor/ But we know that many customers use the USB data cable to upload data from their EnviR home energy monitor. Current Cost, manufacturers […]

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Anyone for Scrabble?

After some unseasonably warm weather last week in Melbourne we are once again shivering here at SmartNow HQ and hoping that Spring comes quickly. Lower temperatures often mean higher energy bills and this is inevitably what recently prompted the federal government to urge people to ditch the plasma TV and the heater in favour of […]

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The End of the Road for Another Solar Rebate Scheme

This week the Western Australian government has announced that the current solar panel rebate scheme is being axed. It seems the popular scheme has been a victim of its own success and the budget couldn’t be stretched to meet the huge demand for the scheme. Effective immediately, no new applications will be accepted. The government […]

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NSW Electricity Price Hike: A missed turning on the path to lower prices and emissions

There was an interesting opinion piece from Chris Dunstan in the Sydney Morning Herald this week regarding, you guessed it, rising power bills! Electricity prices in New South Wales are due to rise by another 17 per cent today. This will bring the cumulative increase to 76 per cent since June 2007, with further increases […]

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