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Free Thermography Training & Thermal Imaging Courses

This article outlines some essential thermography training videos and several thermal imaging training courses. 

These free resources should help you get the most out of our range of thermal imaging cameras

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By Ryan McCarthy | | Read more

How To Check, Track & Meter Electricity Usage

Over the years, I've witnessed many 'debates' about who or what caused a power bill to go up. I've also heard plenty of misinformation about which devices use the most electricity. 

In this blog post, I'll outline several devices you can use to check your electricity usage.

Keep reading How To Check, Track & Meter Electricity Usage...

By Ryan McCarthy | | Read more

Electricity Smart Meters NSW & Victoria - Complete Guide

I first started writing about Smart Meters back in 2011 during the rollout in Victoria. Back then, a real storm was being whipped up by mainstream media. 

Fast forward to now and many people are still worried about smart electricity meters.

Keep reading Can We Really Trust Electricity Smart Meters?...

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How Thermal Scanners Can Help Detect A Fever

FLIR, the manufacturer of our thermal imaging cameras, is at pains to remind the public that thermal scanners are not medical devices.

As such, they cannot be relied upon to single-handedly detect or diagnose coronavirus (COVID-19), SARS, H1N1, or a fever.

However, they are incredibly effective at detecting small deviations in the surface temperature of objects and people.

Keep reading How Thermal Scanners Can Help Detect Coronavirus Fever...

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65 Unique Uses For Infrared Thermal Imaging Cameras

Images from thermal cameras are often used in news coverage for good reason: thermal vision is pretty damn impressive.

But once the novelty of the idea has worn off, you might be left wondering: what else can I actually do with a thermal camera?

Keep reading 65 Unique Uses For Infrared Thermal Imaging Cameras...

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Does Earth Hour Work? Earth Hour Photos from Sydney

Earth Hour is an annual event to encourage environmental awareness, energy efficiency and action on climate change.

Earth Hour kicked off in Sydney, Australia in 2007. And I was there to take some photos before and after the lights went out.

Keep reading Does Earth Hour Work? Earth Hour Photos from Sydney...

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Laptop Power Consumption / Wattage - Detailed Review

Here at Reduction Revolution, we're really into energy efficiency. So it goes without saying that we like to use energy-efficient laptops.

In this blog post, I'll cover several different Apple laptops of varying ages so you can see how power usage has changed over time.

Keep reading Laptop Power Consumption & Wattage - Macbook Pro & Air...

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How to Spot & Avoid Power Saving Scams

Over the years, I've seen plenty of power-saving scams. They often claim to save vast amounts off your electricity bills.

The problem is, they all rely on a grain of truth in their marketing spiel. So these devices often sound technically plausible.

Keep reading How to Spot & Avoid Power Saving Scams...
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How to Install an Energy Monitor If You Have Solar Power

To get the most out of your solar panels it's critical that you understand your energy usage. But before you jump into energy monitoring, you need to understand how the different options work, and how to install them.

Keep reading How to Install a Solar Energy Monitor...

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How Much Power a Fridge Uses - in Watts, Cost & kWh

Domestic fridge power consumption is typically between 100 and 250 watts.

Before you think "okay great - now I know how much power my fridge uses" - sorry to say, but it's not quite that simple!

Keep reading How Much Power a Fridge Uses - in Watts, Cost & kWh...

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Top 10 Causes of (& Solutions to) High Electricity Bills

If you've received a high electricity bill you can end up feeling pretty helpless.

I've spoken to many people over the years who think their high electricity bill was caused by:

  • an electricity leak,
  • a faulty appliance,
  • an incorrect utility meter,
  • or even a neighbour stealing power.

While these things are technically possible, they're extremely rare. So rare in fact, that they don't even rate a mention in my 'top ten' list.

Keep reading Top 10 Causes of (& Solutions to) High Electricity Bills...

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Powerpal Review - Range, Battery Life, Accuracy & More

This blog post is a review of Powerpal - a new type of wireless energy monitor.

Powerpal is a patented Australian invention that we're excited to offer. It takes a new approach to energy monitoring on several fronts.

Keep reading Powerpal Review - Range, Battery Life, Accuracy & More...

By Ryan McCarthy | | Read more

Portable BBQ Review - Lotus Grill vs. Everdure Cube vs. Weber Go Anywhere

Portable charcoal BBQs are a great and energy-efficient way to barbecue. We've compared the leading brands including LotusGrill, Everdure CUBE by Heston, and the Weber Go Anywhere BBQ.

Click here to keep reading Portable BBQ Review..

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Colour Temperature - How to Choose The Best Colour Light

Asking 'Which colour temperature is best?' is a bit like asking 'What colour should I paint my wall?'

Keep reading our guide on choosing the right Colour Temperature...

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Solutions to LED Lights Causing TV or Radio Interference

Some of our customers have reported interference on their TV or radio after upgrading MR16 downlights to LED. This only happens when the lights are switched on, but it can be annoying, especially if you enjoy AM radio!

Keep reading Solutions & Fixes to LED Lights Causing Radio Interference...

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Using the Efergy Engage Online Energy Monitor Dashboard

The Engage Dashboard displays the readings of the Efergy Engage wireless energy monitor. When you first log in, information about your system is presented in several sections. This article explains the function of each section.

Keep reading Using the Efergy Engage Online Energy Monitor Dashboard...

By Abraham Wile | | Read more

Energy Bills Explained - How to Decode Your Electricity & Gas Bills

Electricity bills and gas bills are often confusing and hard to interpret.

Once you know what to look for, they will make a lot more sense. Then you can get started on reducing them!

Keep reading Energy Bills Explained - How to Decode Your Electricity & Gas Bills...

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Should You Buy ALDI LED Light Bulbs? [2019 Review & Update]

This weekend ALDI is selling a range of LED light bulbs under the name 'LIGHTWAY'. It seems they've done away with 'Muller Licht' from previous years. Although only on offer once a year, they're worth reviewing given their generally low price points.

Keep reading Should You Buy ALDI LED Light Bulbs?...

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Efergy Engage Hub Online Software Set-up (& Troubleshooting)

This guide outlines some important steps in the set-up of the Engage Hub's online software.

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Why We No Longer Sell Solar Air Heaters

Over the last few years we've sold many solar air heaters to some of our most enthusiastic energy-saving customers. Despite their utility, we've decided to remove solar air heaters from our range, for several reasons.

Keep reading Why We No Longer Sell Solar Air Heaters...

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How to Check if You Have a 3 Phase or Single Phase Power Supply (& Solar)

Single phase or three phase, that is the question. Well, at least if you're browsing our range of wireless energy monitors.

Here are two simple ways to check if your home or business has one or three phases connected.

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Don't Waste Your Money on Battery Storage Until You Have One of These

Everyone seems to be talking about the Tesla Powerwall and lithium batteries for energy storage. But I'd like to introduce a smarter and much cheaper way to store energy.

Keep Reading Don't Waste Your Money on Battery Storage Until You Have One of These...

By Ryan McCarthy | | Battery, Bosch, Heat Pump, Hot Water, Powerwall, Tesla | Read more

Should I Buy a CAT S60 / S61 or Stand-Alone FLIR Thermal Camera?

The CAT S60 and CAT S61 are highly rugged smartphones with an integrated FLIR lepton thermal imaging camera. The problem is, CAT seems to be hiding the actual thermal imaging specifications from all marketing materials. 

Keep reading Should I Buy a Cat S60 / S61 or Stand-Alone FLIR Thermal Camera?...

By Ryan McCarthy | | Read more

Tips for the Efergy Elite and Engage Hub Energy Monitors

After selling Efergy energy monitors for a number of years we've collected several tips, tricks & advanced settings for the Elite, E2 and Engage systems to get the most from your new monitor, expand an existing system or reset an older unit.

Keep reading Advanced settings for Efergy Elite, Engage Hub or E2 Energy Monitor...

By Abraham Wile | | Efergy | Read more

5 Charities That We Have Supported

Throughout the month of December 2017 we pledged to donate $10 for every order over $100 placed on our website. We received a great response from our customers and donated over $5,000 across five different, worthwhile causes.

Keep reading 5 Charities That We Have Supported...

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Wireless Energy Monitor Accuracy Revealed

I often say that energy monitors will typically give you readings within ± 10% of reality. To check if this 'rule of thumb' is correct I have conducted various tests over the years. 

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Dishwasher Power Usage - Changing Settings vs. Higher Star Rating

Dishwashers carry a star rating label to help you purchase the most efficient option within your budget. One problem with star ratings is that for simplicity they only convey and compare one thing.

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Can You Recycle Plastic 'Sealed Air' Packaged Air / Void Fill?

Fill-Air, Air Pillows, Sealed Air and other inflatable packaging are effective solutions to protect goods in transit. But can they be recycled, and what other packaging options are available?

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How to Minimise Holiday Power Bills

People often say to me things like: "I just got this massive power bill and we weren't even at home for much of the bill. We were on holiday, it makes no sense!"

Sorry to say, but just because you took a holiday, it doesn't mean your appliances went on vacation too!

Keep reading How to Minimise Holiday Power Bills...

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Tesla Semi Truck Cost, Battery Size, & Availability in Australia

If you are a Tesla fan like me, you probably already sat through the full Tesla Semi truck launch video. Even if you did, there were many details missing like: cost / price, battery size, and availability, which I have tried to research and publish here.

Keep reading Tesla Semi Truck Cost, Battery Size, & Availability in Australia...

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  • Free Thermography Training & Thermal Imaging Courses

    This article outlines some essential thermography training videos and several thermal imaging training courses.  These free resources should help you get the most out of our range of thermal imaging cameras. I'd encourage you to set aside an hour or two to go... read more

  • How To Check, Track & Meter Electricity Usage

    Over the years, I've witnessed many 'debates' about who or what caused a power bill to go up. I've also heard plenty of misinformation about which devices use the most electricity.  In this blog post, I'll outline several devices you can... read more

  • Electricity Smart Meters NSW & Victoria - Complete Guide

    I first started writing about Smart Meters back in 2011 during the rollout in Victoria. Back then, a real storm was being whipped up by mainstream media. "Smart meters will rip you off." "Smart meters will over-charge you." One smart... read more