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Can We Really Trust Electricity Smart Meters?

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?...

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..

By Ryan McCarthy | | Read more

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...

By Ryan McCarthy | | Read more

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...

By Ryan McCarthy | | Read more

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...

By Ryan McCarthy | | Read more

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?...

By Ryan McCarthy | | Read more

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

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

I've spoken to many people over the years who think their high energy 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 Energy Bills...

By Ryan McCarthy | | Read more

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.

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

By Ryan McCarthy | | Read more

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...

By Ryan McCarthy | | Read more

How to Install a Solar Energy Monitor

The Efergy Engage Hub is a popular energy monitoring solution for households with solar power. But before you jump in, you need to understand how it works, and how to install it.

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

By Ryan McCarthy | | Read more

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.

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

By Ryan McCarthy | | Read more

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...

By Ryan McCarthy | | Read more

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. 

Keep Reading Wireless Energy Monitor Accuracy Revealed...

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We're Donating $10 to Charity for Every Order Over $100

From now until the end of December 2017 we will donate $10 to charity for every order placed on our website that is worth more than $100. The more orders placed, the bigger our donation gets! 

Keep reading We're Donating $10 to Charity for Every Order Over $100...

By Ryan McCarthy | | Read more

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.

Keep reading Dishwasher Power Usage - Changing Settings vs. Higher Star Rating...

By Ryan McCarthy | | Read more

Give an Energy Saving Gift That Keeps on Giving

Our energy saving gift ideas 'keep on giving' in three ways:

  1. They reduce power bills ongoing into the future.
  2. They reduce emissions from energy production.
  3. They often reduce maintenance costs and/or save time.

Keep reading Give an Energy Saving Gift That Keeps on Giving...

By Ryan McCarthy | | Read more

Hey Gladys, can I get free car rego if I use more public transport?

The NSW State Government recently announced a toll relief policy, whereby frequent toll road users get free car rego. I think it doesn't really make sense and have a few better ideas.

Keep reading Hey Gladys, can I get free car rego if I use more public transport?...

By Ryan McCarthy | | Read more

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?

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

By Ryan McCarthy | | Read more

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...

By Ryan McCarthy | | Read more

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...

By Ryan McCarthy | | Read more

Here's why we have a plastic problem

If you ever need convincing that we have a problem with plastic, just take a walk down a remote beach.

Keep reading here's why we have a plastic problem...

By Ryan McCarthy | | Read more

Confused by the 'National Energy Guarantee'? Here's what you can do

Many people are confused and/or disappointed with the Federal Government's newly announced energy policy the National Energy Guarantee (NEG).

Keep reading Confused by the 'National Energy Guarantee'? Here's what you can do...

By Ryan McCarthy | | Read more

Nine Reasons NOT to Switch to LED Lighting

Many people are upgrading their lighting to LED to save money on their power bills. But before you make the switch, here are nine reasons why you might want to stay in the dark ages. Because we couldn't think of ten reasons..

Click here to keep reading Nine Reasons NOT to Switch to LED Lighting...

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Will You Join the War on Waste?

Here at Reduction Revolution, our slogan is “waste less, live better”.

So we're excited to see the upcoming series War on Waste on ABC TV.

Green / Eco Friendly Christmas Gift Ideas for Every Budget

We think the best kind of gift this Christmas is one that "keeps on giving" in the form of lower energy bills and reduced environmental impact. 

Click here to keep reading Green / Eco Friendly Christmas Gift Ideas for Every Budget...

By Ryan McCarthy | | Christmas, Gift Ideas | Read more

Are Warehouse & Industrial Lights Burning a Hole in Your Profits?

Most lights used at industrial and manufacturing businesses are actually better heaters than lights. Their low efficiency means they produce more waste heat than usable light.

Thankfully, you can now slash energy usage from lighting by up to 90% by upgrading to the latest LED technology.

High Bay Warehouse / Workshop Lights

High bay lights are the large dome shape lights you find in almost all warehouses, factories and workshops. These lights are identifiable by the fact they often take a few minutes to get to full brightness when you first turn them on.

High bay lights typically use about 440 Watts of power and cost over $250 per year to operate (normal business hours). The latest Philips GreenUp LED High Bay uses just 110 Watts of power and produces the same amount of usable light. That means a reduction in operating cost of 75%.

Office Fluorescent Tube Lights

Fluorescent tube lights are found in just about every business. These too can also be upgraded to LED.

In fact, if your fittings are the type which have a starter you can install the LED tubes yourself, no electrician required. Simply change the tube and starter and you're done, 60% energy savings await.

If upgrading the tubes is not possible you can also upgrade the entire fitting to an 'LED Troffer' (for office ceiling grids) or an 'LED Batten' (for surface mounted batten lights).

Outdoor & Security Floodlights

Finally, many business leave some lights on overnight for security purposes. Unfortunately, the floodlights used are often over-spec energy guzzlers.

For example, the latest LED floodlights consume just 50 Watts as a direct replacement for a 500 Watt halogen floodlight. That's a 90% energy saving.

How the numbers stack up

Thanks to big reductions in the cost of LED lighting these upgrades all typically pay for themselves in energy savings in under two years. You should also consider the following additional benefits of upgrading to LED:

  • Reduced maintenance costs due to less frequent light bulb changes.
  • Reduced waste heat resulting in lower air conditioning usage in air conditioned areas.
  • Better light quality and 'instant on' to full brightness.

If all that is not enough to motivate you into action, businesses located in NSW or Victoria may be eligible for additional government rebates.

It is worth remembering that every dollar saved from energy costs goes straight into bottom line net profit. For a small investment of your time you could quickly uncover substantial energy and cost savings.

Are Lights Burning A Hole in Your Profits

This article originally appeared as a guest article in Industry Update Manufacturing Magazine November 2016.

- Ryan McCarthy is a Director of Reduction Revolution, a distributor for Philips Lighting Australia, and provider of Energy Auditing and other energy efficiency services.

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  • Can We Really Trust Electricity Smart Meters?

    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

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

    There are a limited number of quality portable charcoal BBQs on the market - it still seems to be a novel concept. We've found a couple of products that might compare to the LotusGrill Portable Charcoal BBQ that we sell. But do... read more

  • 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?' There is no right or wrong answer. The right colour temperature comes down to personal preference, the room you are lighting, and what... read more