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Free In-Home Display under VEU Program

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Free In-Home Display under VEU Program

Wondering why the Victorian government is offering free In-home display (IHD) units and free installation for residential energy consumers under the Victorian Energy Upgrades Program even though you’ve already a smart meter installed at your home.
While a smart meter measures and relays your electricity consumption to your energy retailer, In-home display (IHD) offers you a way to view and monitor your daily and hourly energy consumption.
            

What is an In-home display?

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It is a portable touch screen unit used with a smart meter. An In-home display visualizes (by plotting graphs or charts) your energy consumption on its built-in screen/display. You can also view the visualization on your computer screen or phone.

However, there are some in-home displays that don’t come with a built-in display. You can view and track electricity consumption on your phone or computer screen.

It allows you to track the usage on hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, or even in real time. It offers granular control over your daily or monthly energy usage or consumption.

With In-home display units, Victorian households can get real-time energy usage and respective consumption cost feedback. This, in turn, translates into energy savings by developing energy conservation habits in household energy consumers.

Why do I need In-home display when my smart meter is working fine?

Smart meters, also known as type 4 meters, is a digital electricity consumption measuring device that measures and records electricity units consumed at a particular moment – in digital form.

Apart from measuring, a smart meter transmits the digitally measured data to your energy retailer – eliminating the need to manually check and log the consumption data.

While a smart meter records detailed consumption data, a consumer can only access the data through a third party. In-home display makes it incredibly easy to access and visualize the data on your phone or computer screen.

In-home display is your window to your electricity consumption. Just hook up your smart meter with In-home display, and you’ll be able to:

  • Reduce your electricity usage by checking which are the most watts-guzzling appliances
  • Set a daily/monthly/weekly energy budget to track the usage
  • Check historical and real-time energy usage report.
  • Check electricity consumption of individual appliances – by switching appliances one by one while tracking the increase in kilo-watt-hour number on your IHD
  • Get alerts when your energy usage crosses a set threshold
  • Understand how, where, and when you could make smart choices that will save electricity and hence money.

An In-home display unit also allows you to see (in the form of bars/chart) the effect of an energy intensive activity or action like:

  • Using LED downlights instead of halogen/incandescent/fluoro lights
  • Taking a bath instead of shower
  • Setting the ac thermostat at 22°C instead of 23°C
  • Washing dishes on eco-setting of your dishwasher
  • Washing clothes with cold water and rinsing with hot water
  • Air drying clothes or drying using a washing machine dryer.

Free In-home display installation under the VEU program

All Victorian households are eligible to get a free In-home display installed in their home under the VEU program. Though, there are the following conditions that a Victorian resident need to meet before applying for a free In-home display unit and installation:

  1. You have a residential property and you haven’t already installed an In-home display.
    Commercial properties are not eligible for free In-home display installation.
  2. Your electricity meter is located within 50 meter of your residential building.
  3. You are a registered property owner.

FAQs about In-home display

Q: Is it completely free?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: Is installation done under the VEU program?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: How much money will In-home display save on my energy bills?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: Who is eligible to get a free In-home display under the VEU program?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: How long does it take to get the installation done?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: How does In-home display work?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: Can I export data from In-home display to a third party?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: Does In-home display work with the accumulation meter (old dial) meters?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: Does In-home display work with solar panels?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: Can I integrate it with my solar inverter?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: Can In-home display be connected to more than one mobile device?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: Can I see real-time usage data when I'm away from home?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: Is In-home display more accurate than clamp monitors?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: Can I install an In-home display myself?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: What is the signal range of In-home display?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: How long the In-home display stores data?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: Does In-home display need batteries? How long do the batteries last?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: Does In-home display work with all smart meters?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: Is In-home display weatherproof?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: Does Ecofin install only Emerald Planet IHD (or any other as well)?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: Does the IHD require a smart meter (or IHD works with traditional accumulation meters)?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: Can a tenant (when he/she is moving out to a new place) carry and install it at the new place?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: In the future, does it require recalibration/reconfiguration after the installation?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: I have smart (IoT) appliances installed at my home. Do I need IHD?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: Will it work with smart appliances?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: I don’t have Apple/Android phone. Can I monitor the electricity usage on my desktop?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: Do I need to monitor my usage all the time? Can I program/automate it?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.
Q: Do I (to track energy usage on my android/apple phone) need to be within 10 m range as the IHD works on Bluetooth tech?
Warehouses, stores, factories, etc. have very high ceilings – a ceiling upward of 20 feet. An indoor light installed in rows to illuminate this space is referred to as a bay, which is called a high bay light. High bay lights typically hang from the ceiling using hooks, chains or may be fixed to the ceiling.

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