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Maximising Savings: Top 3 Energy Rebates and Grants in Victoria's Budget
In a significant move to promote energy efficiency and sustainability, the federal and Victorian state governments have earmarked substantial funds to help households save on energy costs. From rebates to grants, residents have numerous opportunities to reduce their energy bills and carbon footprint. Let’s explore the top three programs
First 3 Months Live: Users Save an Average of 10% on Their Bills!
Since our launch in July and subsequent onboarding in August and September, we've hit the ground running. October marked the commencement of our pilot season in partnership with Wellington Shire and Latrobe City region, all thanks to the invaluable support from the Gippsland Climate Change Network. From our early adopters
Maximising Savings: Top 3 Energy Rebates and Grants in Victoria's Budget
In a significant move to promote energy efficiency and sustainability, the federal and Victorian state governments have earmarked substantial funds to help households save on energy costs. From rebates to grants, residents have numerous opportunities to reduce their energy bills and carbon footprint. Let’s explore the top three programsread more
Unlocking Energy Savings: A Guide to the Victorian Energy Upgrade Program
Are you a resident of Victoria looking for ways to make your home more energy-efficient and eco-friendly? The Victorian Energy Upgrade (VEU) program is here to help. This initiative offers a fantastic opportunity for homeowners and renters alike to reduce energy bills and contribute to a sustainable future. Let's diveread more
Achieving Residential Energy Independence in Australia: A Realistic Goal?
In an era where environmental sustainability and energy costs are at the forefront of global concerns, the concept of residential energy independence has gained significant traction. Particularly in Australia, a nation blessed with abundant sunshine and a growing interest in renewable energy, the dream of homes that generate, store, andread more
Understanding VEECs: Your Key to Energy Savings in Victoria" Introduction:
Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates (VEECs) are a cornerstone of Victoria's efforts to promote energy efficiency. These certificates play a crucial role in the state's energy-saving rebate programs, but understanding how they work can be a bit of a puzzle. Let's demystify VEECs – how they are issued and calculated and howread more
Keep Your Cool: Air Con 101 for a Breezy, Budget-Friendly Summer!
Hello, sun-chasers and ice-cream aficionados! As we dive into the heart of summer, it's time to talk about our cool companions – air conditioners. They're our best buds during the scorching days, but let's face it, they can be a bit of a diva regarding energy bills. Don't sweat it, though!read more
Powering the Future: Victoria's Top 5 Green Energy Retailers
Victoria is at the forefront of Australia's renewable energy shift, with a multitude of providers offering green solutions to power homes and businesses. Let's shine a light on the top 5 retailers driving this change: Diamond Energy - The Local Champion Owned and operated within Victoria, Diamond Energy is aread more
First 3 Months Live: Users Save an Average of 10% on Their Bills!
Since our launch in July and subsequent onboarding in August and September, we've hit the ground running. October marked the commencement of our pilot season in partnership with Wellington Shire and Latrobe City region, all thanks to the invaluable support from the Gippsland Climate Change Network. From our early adoptersread more
Ready to Cut Your Energy Bills and Level Up Your Home's Sustainability? VoltaRocks Has Got You Covered! 🌿🏡
Hey there, folks! Got some electrifying news for you. The NSW Government has just cranked up their Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) standards. Now, what's BASIX? It's your go-to metric for the energy and thermal performance of homes. Launched in 2004 and last revamped in 2017, it's back in action, andread more
The Power of Partnership: GCCN & Volta's Upcoming Pilot Programme
Excitement is in the air as we gear up for a ground-breaking pilot programme between the Gippsland Climate Change Network (GCCN) and Volta. This collaborative effort represents a significant step forward in regional sustainability and promises to offer practical solutions to everyday energy challenges. A Meeting of Minds Volta andread more
Celebrating the Gippsland Climate Change Network: A Pillar of Sustainability and Action
The Gippsland Climate Change Network (GCCN) has been an instrumental force in the battle against climate change, actively leading the way for over a decade. As a grassroots organisation, the GCCN has leveraged local wisdom and dedication to tackle global issues at a regional level, impacting not just Gippsland butread more
Octopus Australia and Rest Super Fund Team Up for Green Energy
The Deal: Octopus Australia has bagged a new funding commitment from Rest, a massive A$75bn superannuation fund. This is part of the second fundraising round for Octopus' renewable energy fund, OASIS. What is OASIS? OASIS aims to get investors on board with Australia's shift to renewable energy. The fundread more
Paris Rhône Energy at RE+ 2023: Your Go-To for Green Energy The Game Changer: Home Battery Storage
Home battery systems are revolutionizing how we use energy—storing excess renewable energy for later use and reducing reliance on fossil fuels. What We Do RE+ offer advanced power grid software, backup power, solar+battery storage solutions, and more—all aimed at making energy cleaner and more sustainable. How Homeread more
Renewable Microgrids: The New Rhythm in Aussie Energy
What Are Microgrids? Renewable microgrids are gaining traction in the face of climate change and old infrastructure. They're like mini power stations, running independently and pulling energy from multiple green sources. Local Spotlight: Bawley Point and Kioloa These towns are pioneers in the microgrid scene, courtesy of an $8 millionread more
Making Energy Upgrades Simple: How Volta Transformed Fiona's Experience
The Victorian Energy Upgrade program has been hailed as a promising initiative for residents looking to improve energy efficiency and sustainability. However, navigating the process and accessing the required hardware can be a complex and daunting task. That's where Volta comes in, making the process more accessible and straightforward, asread more
National Energy Bill Relief Payment in NSW - A Summary and Guide
The National Energy Bill Relief Payment offers financial assistance to eligible households and small businesses in New South Wales (NSW) for the financial year 2023-24. With over 1.6 million eligible households and 320,000 small businesses, this initiative aims to provide relief for electricity bills and promote sustainable energyread more
Rise of DIY home improvements amid higher living expenses
As living expenses continue to rise, homeowners in Victoria and New South Wales are seeking cost-effective ways to improve their dwellings. With the increase in inflation affecting almost every aspect of life, including home improvements, homeowners are exploring various options to reduce expenses. To tackle home renovation projects while stayingread more
Unveiling the Process and Opportunities with the Victorian Energy Upgrade
The Victorian Energy Upgrade program, implemented by the Victorian Government, is a key initiative designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, help households save on energy bills, and make energy services more affordable for all Victorians. As outlined on their official website, the program provides a broad range of opportunities forread more
Empowering Homes for a Sustainable Future: Australia's Ambitious Energy and Environmental Initiatives
Australia's government announces a $1.6 billion energy savings plan, including $1 billion in low-cost loans for household energy improvements, to make homes more affordable and environmentally friendly. Additionally, $2 billion is allocated to support the development of renewable hydrogen, signalling a commitment to a clean energy future. These initiatives,read more
Powering Forward: Overcoming Challenges to Achieve Australia's Climate Targets
Despite growing concerns among energy industry leaders about Australia's ability to meet its 2030 climate targets, there is optimism and determination to address the challenges. VoltaRocks is part of the solution, contributing innovative approaches to energy consumption reduction and sustainability, aligning with national goals and offering support for a successfulread more
End of FY and Start of a New Journey for Volta
Jan: In January 2023, we decided to dive headfirst into the world of VoltaRocks. It was partly inspired by my friend and CTO, Mr Anh Phan, with whom I've worked in various startups before. Our journey gained momentum when we received an invitation from LaunchVIC to be part of theread more
The Power of Goal Setting: Driving Awareness and Energy Cost Reduction
Setting goals is a powerful tool that can significantly impact our lives. Regarding energy consumption and cost reduction, goal setting is vital in driving awareness and facilitating positive change. In this blog post, we'll explore the benefits of setting goals and how it increases awareness and ultimately reduces energy costs.read more
3 Rebates and Grants in Australia for Sustainability and Reducing Energy Bills
In Australia, various rebates and grants are available to promote sustainability and help reduce energy bills. These initiatives aim to support individuals and businesses in adopting renewable energy solutions, improving energy efficiency, and lowering environmental impact. Here are three unique programs that offer financial incentives and support: Queensland Electricity Rebate:read more
It's been five months since we started. Check our journey.
June 2023 - Taking Off with Flight Testing 🛫 June 5, 2023 - Excitement fills the air as we officially launch the Volta app on flight test for both Google Play and the Apple App Store. Our team is working diligently to ensure a smooth onboarding experience for our users. Duringread more
Opening Up New Horizons with CDR Open Energy
The energy industry is undergoing a transformative shift, and at the forefront of this revolution is the concept of Consumer Data Right (CDR) Open Energy. With the aim of empowering consumers and fostering innovation, CDR Open Energy is set to revolutionize the way we manage and consume energy. In thisread more
How can households reduce their electricity spend?
With living costs higher than the CPI, and the highest we have seen in twenty years for wage and salary earners (3.2% in the last quarter to Dec 22) (ABS 2022), households are motivated more than ever in their energy saving goals to reduce their cost of living, reduceread more
Summary of Grants and Rebates for Sustainability Australia
New South Wales * Appliance upgrade: The NSW Government offers a rebate of up to $250 for the purchase of energy-efficient appliances. * Solar panels: The NSW Government offers a rebate of up to $3,000 for the installation of solar panels. * Battery: The NSW Government offers a rebate of up toread more
Australia's Federal Budget Powers Up the Clean Energy Revolution
In an exciting announcement, the Australian government has unveiled its Federal Budget 2023-2024, showcasing its commitment to tackling energy costs, ensuring supply reliability, and making a positive environmental impact.read more
Did you know that energy poverty is a real issue in Australia?
or some people, access to energy for basic needs such as heating, and cooling, cooking, lighting, and refrigeration is impacted by the rising cost of electricity which has tripled since the year 2000 (ABS, 2021)read more
The pursuit of an equitable distribution of energy resources, energy efficiency and the development of new energy economies is more critical today than it has ever been to provide the sustainable development of society and more importantly the improvement to people’s lives.read more
Welcome to theVolt
Introducing TheVolt - the new blog/magazine/repo by VoltaRock, where we aim to do more than just share our own opinions and insights. We want to create a space for anyone and everyone to share their thoughts, experiences, and case studies related to energy, sustainability, and the environment.read more
Riding the tsunami of wholesale electricity prices in Australia
Recently, we have seen a sharp increase in wholesale electricity prices, which can be likened to a tsunami hitting the market. The effects of which can be long-lasting.read more
Private Eye, $250 Power Saving Bonus Program is back!
Hey there, energy savers! It's your favourite Volta Module, The Private Eye. And I have some exciting news for you! Victoria Power Saving Bonus program is back with a new round starting on March 24, 2023. And this time, eligible households can receive a whopping $250 payment to help themread more
Core benefits of Volta
As Australians, we are becoming more aware of the Impact our energy consumption has on the environment and our wallets. However, managing our home energy usage can be a hassle, with complicated bills, clearer plans, and hard-to-find rebates and grants. This is where Volta Rocks come in, with three coreread more
Series - Chat GPT answers #3 - What impact does consumer data rights (CDR) have on energy in Australia?
Consumer Data Rights (CDR) in Australia can have a significant impact on the energy sector. By giving consumers control over their energy data, CDR can enable them to access and compare information on their energy usage and costs across different providers, potentially leading to more competitive pricing and better energyread more
Energising Our Communities: Intro #1
There's no denying that we need to take urgent action to combat climate change, and energy community projects are a great way to make a difference. These projects are all about coming together as a community to reduce our energy consumption and dependence on fossil fuels, while promoting renewable energyread more
Unleash the Power of Sustainability with Voltapp!
We're thrilled to share that Voltapp, developed by industry expert Oscar with 10 years of experience in energy, technology, and software, has passed phase 1 with flying colors. Launched with the support of LaunchVIC and the Department of Energy, Environment, and Climate Action, Voltapp is the game-changing solution to yourread more
Series - Chat GPT answers #2 - Explain the energy metering in Australia in simple terms
Explain the energy metering in Australia in simple terms Energy metering in Australia refers to the process of measuring the amount of electricity and gas used by a consumer. This is done by installing a meter, which is a device that records the amount of energy consumed. The meter readingsread more
Series - Chat GPT answers #1 - Explain Energy market in Australia in simple terms
Explain Energy market in Australia in simple terms The energy market in Australia refers to the buying and selling of electricity and gas. Energy companies generate electricity through a variety of sources such as coal, natural gas, and renewable sources like wind and solar. They then sell this electricity toread more
Volta App, a quick refresher
It's been almost seven months since a small group of passionate individuals launched the VoltaRocks website. In short, we are trying to build a retailer-agnostic app to hit your (our) energy goals. Reducing energy costs with a budget focus on renewable opportunities, rebates and discounts is a great way toread more
Virtual Power Plants in a few words.
A Virtual Power Plant, or VPP, is when multiple homes aggregate their energy generation and storage and connect it into a sharing network. Here are some of the current offers available https://www.aemc.gov.au/news-centre/data-portal/retail-energy-competition-review-2020/vpp-offers-available . We are working with developers and builders to make newread more
Best green xmas presents
Off course this is a bit of a self promoting blog, also, green xmas present do not replace a nice long hug on christmas morning, or a morning family cuddle. But we are about supporting your sustainability journey, so our little grain of salt, and some of our favourites: * Leread more
Monitor now, but how?.
The last time we spoke about Consumer Data Rights, it was awesome. However, if you are impatient and want to see if you can do something now to check your home or business consumption, we would introduce you to a few top Aussie companies we admire from afar. Aussie companiesread more
Consumer Data Rights (CDR) simple words
Consumer Data Rights [https://www.cdr.gov.au/](CDR) is what brought you open banking. That means you have the right to access your banking data and soon energy data too. How it kinda works? To make it happen, the parties orchestrating it need to build a repository of allread more
Twitter energy saving hacks
Last week we ask on Twitter what are some of the energy hack people do! We had lots of awesome replies so we thought starting a little project to make them how to and post them here. Here is the ones we think were the best. Simple but efficient! > Curtainsread more
An excellent few projects we love.
This time I won't write a tone about it , but in here a few amazing projects I love to share.read more
Volta the journey starts
A quick few word at the start of the journeyread more
Why we started Volta
Why we are doing it, why we started Voltaread more
Volta is coming
Volta is coming, and is free to all homesread more