AmberElectric 4+

Amber Electric Pty Ltd

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Description

Amber is an electricity provider on a mission to shift Australia to 100% renewables faster, by helping customers use more energy when it’s greener and cheaper.

We’re doing electricity retailing differently, giving you access to electricity at real-time wholesale prices. This empowers you to go beyond carbon offsetting and save money by actually using more power when it’s greener and cheaper.

Now with Amber for Batteries, Home Battery owners can accelerate the payback on their home battery by combining Amber's SmartShift™ battery automation and control features with our wholesale pricing. Now, for the first time, battery owners can:
- Gain the control that they always wanted over their battery, with the power to export, charge and preserve their battery at the press of a button.
- Get paid the same feed-in tariffs that big fossil fuel generators earn, with wholesale FiTs that can reach $15/kWh and the ability to receive every cent that their energy is worth at the time it is exported.
- Boost their energy savings from their solar and battery with smart automation that continually hunts for the best prices to export and charge their battery.

With increasing usage of renewable energy at the heart of our mission, we’re also giving non-customers access to a public version of the app to discover when the grid is greenest and increase their use of renewable energy. While non-Amber customers don’t buy energy at wholesale prices, they can still take advantage of the app to use more greener energy, support demand for renewable power, and help shut down coal faster.

Also with the Amber mobile app, anyone can see the percentage of renewable energy currently in the grid in their state, and the renewables percentage forecast for the rest of the day.

Customers can also see the real-time price of energy for their home, and track their electricity usage.

Additional customer features include:
- A detailed breakdown of your electricity usage history, including daily usage graphs, daily costs, benchmarking against averages and the government’s Default Market Offer.
- Plan your usage more easily with a longer price and renewables forecast, in 30 minute intervals.
- A detailed live price page, with specific callouts for when prices are extremely low, or unusually high. Allowing you to plan
- Separate live prices and forecast for your solar feed-in and controlled load usage
- Half-hourly usage data for each previous day

What’s New

Version 5.9.0

- New payment options screen
- New payment plan feature




Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

Mat Everywhere ,

Really great experience so far

I have both an Amber account and a PowerPal, and with the two together I’ve got a really great, clear picture of our household power consumption and have been able to make some smarter choices about when to start using the AC, when to cook, etc. Don’t get me wrong, being this granular isn’t a long-term strategy, but while the cost of living is astronomical and interest rates are high, every dollar counts. At a service level, I’m finding the rates particularly good for those who work from home, too. We use a steady stream of power during the day while most people are at work, so we benefit from better rates.

WISH LIST:
- Widgets! I mean, this should be a no brainer.
- Finer rate notifications, so perhaps a high and low rate alert - Additional authorised contacts on accounts - A simplified ‘live rate’ and notification app for AppleTV. Would be really handy to get a little alert while I’m watching something if the power is high or low priced, and be able to quickly check the live rate between shows.

deepfried ,

Needs better alerts

With market volatility going up can be pretty nerve wracking to be an Amber customer if you don’t own a battery linked to an API, particularly in a state like SA. This is why I changed providers last summer and will probably do so again.

More alerts would help: Not just when it’s greener than usual (and still expensive) or above a level like $0.60. I’d like to be alerted at intervals eg, below 20c, below 10, and negative as well as above 50, and above $2.00. That’s 5 alerts which sounds crazy until you realise how volatile prices are.

I’m hoping Madimack do a tie up with Amber for their pool pumps and inverters. It’s a fairly simple thing to do and the payback would be a few weeks for many users.

Developer Response ,

Hey, thanks for your review of our app! You will be glad to hear that we now have introduced SMS, email and push notifications for price spikes. If you have any other suggestions please get in touch at hello@amberelectric.com.au

Hikiu ,

Good potential but Needs improvement

Early days but big potential. Customisable alerts, interactive usage graphs and more data analysis options would be very helpful. Currently the app functionality is a bit limited as well as the ability so see things like account details and billing dates. I hope this will all be rolled out soon.

Another thing which I feel needs to be addressed. The wholesale price listed on the app is significantly higher than the AEMO 30 minute settlement price or even the 5 minute sport price. This price should show a breakdown of costs so we can understand what the charge is made up of. The network delivery charge and other components which are fixed costs should be made clear for example like a pie chart.

This should not be that hard to do as the data required to make an overall price is there, this is just exposing those individual figures which make up the overall price.

App Privacy

The developer, Amber Electric Pty Ltd, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer's privacy policy.

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