What is an In-home display? Save energy and money with the Victorian Energy Upgrades Schemes and program
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.

    Free In home display installation under the VEU program

    How does In-home display work?

    Your energy retailer generates your electricity bill (unless you opted for uniform or standard tariff) based on differential pricing. The difference in grid electricity prices varies proportionally to the availability of electricity supply.

    During supply abundance, there is a drop in electricity pricing. It surges to peak
    levels when the demand rises to the maximum.

    To keep tabs on time-of-use tariff and pricing, In-home display comes in handy. This device triggers an alert on your smartphone/computer whenever there is a spike in pricing.

    It allows you to schedule your energy-intensive tasks to a time when there is high energy availability and prices are low.

    After installing an in-home display, you can easily track when to run the power-hungry appliances (during low electricity demand) or turn them off or lower the usage when demand is high.

    Why do I need an In-home display (IHD)?

    In-home display systems have three components – a sensor, a transmitter, and a receiver. The sensor unit (which measures energy consumption) has an optical meter or magnetometer to measure the kWh usage. Some sensors are also based on the current transformer (CT).

    The transmitter sends consumption data from the sensor to the receiver (via Bluetooth). Data transmission range is 25 meters indoors and 80 meters outdoors.

    How does IHD help me in making informed decisions?

    In-home display brings all your electricity consumption info on your smartphone or computer in graphical format to help you easily understand your power usage and decide whether to run a high load appliance like water heater or schedule it to a time when tariff is low.


    Here is a step-by-step guide to IHD led energy-saving:

    • Install IHD and connect it to your smart meter.
    • As soon as IHD is installed and connected to your Android/Apple smartphone, you will be able to track and view your electricity usage in real time.
    • IHD starts alerting you when energy is wasted; it sends time of use (TOU) rate notifications in real-time and informs you when appliances need your attention.
    • You make informed decisions based on alerts sent by the IHD or real-time info displayed by the IHD app on your smartphone or computer.

    Smart meter in-home display (IHD) features

    Besides providing live data about your electricity consumption, the device also creates a baseline for your home based on historical data. Whenever your residential electricity usage changes, the device will notify you so that you can figure out what action you need to take.


    Emerald EMS In-home display features

    • Real-time tracking and measurement of your energy consumption.
    • View real-time electricity use and compare it with the past billing periods.
    • Watch your energy use levels go up (or down when you turn an appliance off) as you turn a home appliance on.
    • Get your weekly energy utilization report via Android/iOS app.
    • Set monthly spending targets through the energy calculator.
    • See how you are performing against your target.
    • Receive alerts when you reach 75%, 100% & 125% of your target.
    • Connect unlimited Android/Apple smartphone devices to Emerald EMS.
    • With a connected device that remains at home (a tablet or an iPad, for example), track your energy usage outside the home by connecting your smartphone to the home tablet/smartphone.
    • Electricity saving tips on Emerald EMS app.

    FAQs about free in-home display energy monitor

    1. How does the emerald EMS app monitor energy usage via Electricity Advisor?

    Smart meters enable customers to take a deeper dive in to when and how they are using electricity.
    Interactive devices such as in-home displays (Electricity Advisor) provide real-time information about your electricity consumption.
    Electricity Advisor monitors an optical port on the front of your electricity smart meter (a flashing impulse light), and via a remote Bluetooth connection, sends electricity usage data directly and securely to your smartphone or device. As Bluetooth connection is used, Electricity Advisor will automatically connect to your smart device or phone whenever it is in range, ensuring you receive the most up to date information related to your electricity usage via the emerald EMS app.


    The Victorian government energy upgrades scheme (VEU) provides support to all Victorian households with the installation and upgrade of energy efficient technology to help reduce energy costs and greenhouse emissions. emerald Electricity Advisor is a VEU approved product, and can therefore be installed for FREE.

    3. How much can I save?

    emerald EMS has the potential to provide significant savings to your household, primarily through raising awareness of your usage. It is estimated that emerald EMS could save an average household anywhere from 5% to 15% off your electricity bills. We recommend you act on the intelligent savings recommendations and tips provided in the emerald EMS app. The exact savings are also dependent on your household demographics and current electricity usage levels.
    Is Electricity Advisor compatible with all electricity meters?
    Electricity Advisor can be installed on all smart (digital) electricity meters. Unfortunately, the Electricity Advisor is not compatible with older style electricity meters that use manual or spinning disk technology.

    4. How can I save money using emerald EMS?

    emerald EMS offers you a unique opportunity to save money and energy through awareness, by equipping you with the relevant information to make significant changes to your electricity usage behaviours and create a more energy efficient home.
    Some of the features of emerald EMS include:
    a. Data & Graphs
    Easy to read and understand data and graphs, highlighting how much electricity your home is using, and the relevant costs associated with your usage.
    b. Smart Energy Budget 
    An essential tool that can assist you to reduce your monthly electricity usage through goal setting spend and usage targets.
    c. Electricity Alerts
    Receive energy usage alerts when you reach 75%, 100% & 125% of your energy budget target.
    d. Weekly Reports
    View and download your weekly report in-app.
    e. New Energy-Saving Technologies
    The peace of mind knowing that you will be the first to know about new energy-saving opportunities.

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