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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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The Bridge: some exciting Current Cost developments

As many SmartNow customers are aware, Google has recently announced that Google PowerMeter will be shut down as of 16 September. In our previous blog we told you that Current Cost have been busy adding new features and functionality to my.currentcost.com which will result in the portal being even more useful than Google PowerMeter. Current […]

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Google PowerMeter to close: the latest news

This weekend Google announced that they are to close Google PowerMeter as of 16 September. Although we were aware that Google wouldn’t be developing the software any longer, we were surprised to learn that the application is to be closed completely. Although this will come as disappointing news to users of the Bridge who currently […]

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NSW Solar Scheme Stabalised

A few weeks ago we blogged about the Solar Rally taking place in New South Wales to demonstrate against the Government’s decision to retrospectively change the feed in tariff rate for 120,000 NSW households from 60c per kW/h to 40c per kW/h. It seems that the efforts of the Australian Solar Energy Society and its […]

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We Didn’t Have the Green Thing Back in My Day!

We’ve just come across a thought provoking piece on being green and whether it is really such a “new” idea. It makes for some interesting reading and has got us feeling rather nostalgic! In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman […]

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Solving issues with Windows 7

A couple of our customers have recently experienced some issues with accessing drivers for Windows 7. We’ve found that the following download will help: http://www​.cooldrive​s.com/lib/​cooldrives​/vista-pro​lific-chip​-driver-fo​r-serial-a​dapters.zi​p. Although it refers to Vista, we have found that this driver does in fact work for Windows 7. Of course we can’t guarantee that a particular driver will work for […]

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Aussies do their bit as solar use surges – will you invest in solar energy in 2011?

Before Christmas The Age reported that Australians installed more than 100,000 rooftop solar panels in 2010, more than in the entire previous decade. http://www.theage.com.au/environment/energy-smart/aussies-do-their-bit-as-solar-panel-use-surges-20101221-193q3.html The article highlights research from Clean Energy Australia which provides an interesting insight into how Australia uses renewable energy. This report showed that 8.67 per cent of Australia’s electricity was provided […]

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Families’ bills keep rising: monitor your family’s energy consumption with the Current Cost EnviR

An article by Gemma Jones at the Daily Telegraph highlights the desperate situation many Australian families are finding themselves in when they have to switch off essential appliances in order to save money on ever rising electricity bills. http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/no-heaters-but-power-bill-still-rose/story-fn6b3v4f-1225972428736 A report by IPART has found that households paid an average 24.4 per cent more for […]

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New Zealand school installs EnviR and Google PowerMeter to go green and make savings!

A school in Khandallah, New Zealand has become the first school in the world to install Google PowerMeter to monitor energy use and save money. Cashmere Avenue Primary School has already identified 2kW of energy use which can easily be cut, representing a saving of around $1500 a year. This is a valuable reinvestment opportunity […]

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Another New Google PowerMeter Feature!

So Google really are spoiling us now… with a new tab called “Actions” Basically this tells you how you’re doing against similar sized properties and their average power consumption, and gives you advice on how to reduce your energy use. As you can see here, we’re doing pretty well. As you complete the recommendations you […]

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