Getting bills suck, there are no two ways about it. But what makes them double-ly suck is when they are way higher than you’d budgeted or expected.
In my last place I was lucky enough to have a burst water pipe. My garden was looking great due to the new levels of hydration it was getting (and not used to), and honestly that should have been my first tip off. I did finally find out when South East water hit me up for near $2,000.00. No thanks.
Which sort of got me thinking. There is pretty much ‘smart’ everything’s these days, so surely there has to be devices and apps to help you keep on top of energy, water and gas consumption. Had I not been right, I’d be trying to sell this idea right now, but unfortunately a few others also had a similar idea.
I’m by no means an expert, so please don’t send hate mail, but I’ve checked out a few, but here are a few you might find interesting:
- Sense – These cats are mainly targeted towards energy consumption. A monitor is attached to your mains and is accessible via an app. One time cost and free to update thereafter.
- Smappee – A more comprehensive monitoring platform that can link with battery systems & smart devices, but also has the ability to track gas and water. More comprehensive usually means more expensive, and while this attracts a higher price point, it’s pretty rad.
- Wattcost – Always need a shout out to our friends in Australian Tech, this app live tracks your solar use and electricity rates to ensure your taking maximum advantage of rates and usage.
All are worth checking out, and with electricity costs going north, probably good advice to have a system in place to keep an eye on things.