Why is energy data important?

All businesses are unique, and they use energy in different ways. Having energy consumption data on hand when you shop around for a better energy deal will help you make sure the deal suits your business’s specific circumstances.

Additionally, energy data can also help you to understand the drivers of energy costs for your business and where you can make savings.

Using data to understand your energy costs

In Victoria, most businesses will be able to access their electricity consumption data for every 30 minutes in a spreadsheet. You can access the data via a web portal or download the data as a spreadsheet for analysis.

Web portals provided by energy retailers and distributors allow you to view data from your smart meter via your computer, smartphone or tablet. You can:

  • view your electricity consumption by week, day and hour
  • view a forecast of your bill and see how you are tracking
  • set a budget target or goals to help you manage your costs.

Some of the key reasons to look at your energy data include:

  1. Has your energy consumption changed over time? If so, it might be time to re-examine your energy contract – check out our page on energy contracts
  2. Has your energy consumption increased over time? If so, it might be worth investing in technology to reduce your energy consumption
  3. After hours consumption – are you using significant amounts of energy over the weekend or other times when your business is closed?
  4. What time of the year is your energy consumption highest? How does your energy consumption change over a year? Is the change related to hot or cold weather or peak production periods for your business?
  5. Determine the size and return on investment for a solar PV installation

How to access energy data for your business?

If your business premises consumes less than 160 MWh per annum and has a smart meter, then your electricity consumption is being metered in 30-minute intervals. You can request this data from your electricity retailer or distributor.

If your business premises consumes over 160 MWh per annum, you will need to contact your metering data agent to access your data.

Retailers and distributors are required to provide interval data to customers within ten working days of receiving a request.

Some retailers and distributors have online portals where you may be able to download your consumption file.

How do I access a web portal?

Supplier Web portal links
Origin Energy Energy Manager
Jemena Electricity Outlook
AusNet myHomeEnergy
United Energy Energy Easy
Lumo Energy My Account
ERM Power My Portal

Page last updated: 08/07/19