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SMARTSHIFT™
OUTSMART THE ENERGY MARKET

You could save up to $150 - $400 a year on Amber's wholesale power rates by automatically running home appliances at times when energy is cheaper and greener.

Eligible customers in SA can get 12 months of SmartShift™ for free.

Join Amber + SmartShift™
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Amber is a new Aussie power company doing things differently in an industry that desperately needs a shake up.

Renewables are now the cheapest form of power in Australia. This means the big energy retailers pay a lower wholesale price for power at times when renewables are generating, but sell that power to you at the same fixed rate - and pocket the difference.

Amber's different. For a low monthly membership fee we give your household direct access to the real-time wholesale price of energy as it changes every 30 minutes, so you pay less for power at times when cheap renewables are generating (and skip the retail markup).

Once you become an Amber customer our SmartShift™ technology can help you automatically shift some of your usage to times when wholesale power is cheaper and greener, saving you more money while supporting renewables.
See our wholesale power ratesHow Amber works
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Some household appliances, like electric hot water systems, pool pumps, and home batteries, don't need to use power from the grid all the time. They run for a few hours each day, but there's often flexibility in the times they can run while still providing full service.

SmartShift™ makes these devices smarter by running them more often at times when the wholesale price of energy is cheaper than usual and less often at peak times when the wholesale price is more expensive. It works by controlling your appliances with either a small physical SmartShift™ device or by remotely accessing the SmartShift™ service (depending on the appliance). Pool pump and hot water owners will receive a free smart device as part of our South Australian Beta program.

SmartShift™ can automatically reduce the cost to run energy intensive appliances by up to $150 - $400 a year depending on your household energy usage (compared to Amber's wholesale prices without SmartShift™). There's no impact to the level of service your optimised appliances will provide.

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SmartShiftBeta Eligibility

We've received support from the SA Government's Demand Management Trials Program to offer SmartShift™ free for 12 months to 1,000 South Australian Amber customers in return for usage data and feedback.

If you live in SA you can now join Amber and start accessing wholesale power prices. If you have one of the eligible devices below you can also apply to be part of the SmartShift™ Beta program.

Don't own one of the below devices?
Although you can't participate in the SmartShift™ Beta right now you can still join Amber to access the real-time wholesale price of energy. Amber customers will have the opportunity to use SmartShift™ with many other household appliances and devices in the future.

Electric Hot Water

You could save up to $175 per year on your Amber bills and get a free SmartShift™ device
Your hot water system needs to be electric and have a storage tank.
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Household Battery

You could save $200 - $400 per year on your Amber bills
You're encouraged to apply with any battery, but we currently support
LG RESU10H batteries with a SolarEdge inverter.

Pool Pump

You could save up to $150 per year on your Amber bills and get a free SmartShift™ device
Your pool pump must plug into a standard power outlet.

Help build the future of residential energy in SA.

We’re inviting 1,000 South Australians with eligible devices (an electric hot water system, pool pump, or an eligible battery) to join Amber and participate in our SmartShift™ Beta program.
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How to join

Step 1. Sign up to Amber to access wholesale energy prices
Step 2. Apply to participate in the SmartShift™ Beta (you'll be invited to apply immediately after signing up to Amber)

Households and small businesses are set to be the big winners from the smart technology being trialled by Amber Electric.

Energy Minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan

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Need to know more?

We've put together some handy links below to help you learn more about how Amber's SmartShift™ Beta works. If you can't find what you're looking for on our website please get in touch.

Do I need to be an Amber customer to be part of the SmartShift™ Beta?

Yes, you do. That's because SmartShift™ is only possible if you're paying Amber's varying wholesale power prices, which allow you to save by using power at cheaper and greener times. To participate in the SmartShift™ Beta program we'll ask you to switch to Amber for a minimum commitment of 12 months. This helps us make sure we have enough time to get you up and running and get data on your results.

How does SmartShift™ optimise home batteries?

Supported home batteries can connect to the SmartShift™ algorithm remotely, so there's no need for a physical device. SmartShift™ optimises batteries to discharge at times when the wholesale price is more expensive than usual, lowering the overall cost of your energy usage. That's because you'll be using power from the grid at times when energy is cheaper and greener, and using power from your battery at times when energy is more expensive. You'll be able to see how SmartShift™ is optimising your battery, and how much it's saving you, using the Amber app.

How does SmartShift™ optimise electric hot water systems?

If accepted into the Beta program with your hot water system, we'll organise for a SmartShift™ device to be installed into your meter box. You'll get the device for free. This device will optimise your electric hot water system to run at times when the wholesale price of energy is cheaper and greener, while still providing you with hot water round the clock. You'll be able to see how SmartShift™ is optimising your electric hot water system, and how much it's saving you, using the Amber app.

How does SmartShift™ optimise pool pumps?

If accepted into the Beta program with your pool pump we'll send you a free SmartShift™ device. This device sits between your pool pump's power plug and your power socket, controlling the flow of power based on Amber's 30 minute wholesale prices. We know that pool pumps can be noisy and may also be linked to chlorinators that require sunlight, so SmartShift™ will only run your pool pump at cheaper and greener times within a window of time that you specify to us (e.g. 7am - 7pm). You'll be able to see how SmartShift™ is optimising your pool pump, and how much it's saving you, using the Amber app.

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