How do I track my power usage?
We have a few nifty tools to help you keep an eye on how much power you’re using and understand when you typically use the most.
If you have a smart meter, your daily usage graph makes it easy to see any changes in your usage at a glance. So if your usage spikes or falls dramatically you can dig a little deeper to try to find out why.
In your desktop account – you’ll find your daily usage on your ‘Balance’ page and by clicking on ‘Usage’, ‘Average daily use’.
If you have more than one property you’ll see your properties’ daily usage graphs one below the other.
In Powershop’s mobile app – you can access your daily usage by tapping the icon that is furthest to the right in the top right of your screen, or from the Daily usage heading in the menu.
In your desktop account
Above your Daily usage graph we tell you your current usage in kWh (kilowatt hours). If you have a smart meter, this is based on your average usage over the last three days. If your meter isn’t smart, your current usage will be an estimate based on your last reading. So the more meter readings you enter, the more accurate your current usage information will be.
In Powershop’s mobile app
In the mobile app your Daily usage graph has the added feature of telling you the average dollar cost per day, and the kWh (kilowatt hours) of power you’ve used each day.
The mobile app also has an Insights graph. The bars in the Insights graph let you see at a glance the monthly dollar cost of your power. Access the Insights graph from the Insight graph heading in the menu, or by tapping the middle icon in the top right of your screen.
If you have a smart meter and feel like doing a bit of detective work, you can discover what times of day you use the most (and least) power – down to half hourly intervals. This means you can have a think about what you normally do at peak times of day and, if possible, make changes to be more energy efficient. You can access this tool from your desktop account. If you don’t have a smart meter you will not have this tool in your account.
If you want to get really clever about tracking your usage, then look no further than our Activity Tracker on the mobile app. It’s a trainspotter’s delight!
It’s also reassuringly easy to use. And we reckon it really helps you monitor, understand and, ultimately, take control of your usage.
The Activity Tracker lets you add notes to your Daily Usage graph so you can explain any spikes (or drops) in your power usage. You can use the Activity Tracker to explain past events. Or you can set it to keep track of a future time period.
You’ll find the Activity Tracker in the mobile app. Go to your Daily Usage graph and tap the stopwatch icon in the top left of your screen.