I am on an AGL plan with CL1 and CL2 and have recently installed solar which is currently making a healthy 45kwh+/day but of course now that I can see our usage in real time through the AGL app, 70% of our energy usage is 7-9pm! I am wondering about our hot water (two separate tanks) - I had always assumed that it was on CL overnight yet the smart meter shows me we have essentially no energy usage overnight. How can I tell what the timing is on my hot water? There are no obvious timers on the fuse box. Any thoughts appreciated!
I would also like an answer to this, slightly different scenario. My major usage is 10pm-11pm and I'm guessing that's the hot water system system as the kWH used kind of lines up with how much power the hot water system consumed when I was on two separate tariffs. Now that I have Solar and a Smart meter, however, I've been swapped to a single tariff, so I'd like the hot water system to kick in at say 10AM and therefore use mostly free power.
Is this possible and... I'd also like to know how to confirm the timing on the hot water system.
Is it worth the upfront cost and will it really save you money in the long run? The short answer is: probably yes. A well chosen solar hot water system (HWS) or a heat pump may cost more to begin with, but they can be significantly cheaper to run than a conventional electric or gas system.