At present appliances must be permanently connected to the electricity supply to be eligible for Tariff 33.
Tariff 33 is significantly cheaper than the general use tariff (Tariff 11), but supply is made available only for a minimum of 18 hours a day.
The change being made will remove the requirement for pool filtration and sanitation systems to be permanently wired.
An electrician can now install a power point connected to Tariff 33 specifically for pool filtration and sanitation systems.
It has long been argued that any saving made with pool filtration and sanitation systems on Tariff 33 is soon lost when a system requires repair (potentially more regularly than hot water systems) with the expense of a licensed electrician for connection and disconnection.
This will make it easier for householders needing a pump repaired, as an electrician will no longer be required.
This is one of a number of initiatives that are designed to move electricity use away from the residential peak demand period of 4pm to 8pm each day.
Peak electricity demand is a key driver of electricity infrastructure expenditure and associated increases in electricity prices.
The change will enable customers to help address the issue of peak demand while reducing their pool related electricity costs.
The change to the conditions for connecting to Tariff 33 refer to pool filtration and associated sanitation systems, which include pool pumps, pool filters, chlorinators and chlorine dispensing units.
It does not apply to features such as lights, fountains, etc.
Electricity supply is available for at least 18 hours per day on Tariff 33 and is switched via load control equipment supplied and maintained by the electricity distributors Ergon Energy and Energex.
The specific times of supply are at the distributors' discretion due to regional and seasonal differences. As a general rule of thumb, supply will be restricted around residential network peak times; 6am-9am and 4pm-8pm.
It shouldn't. With at least 18 hours of supply available there is still plenty of time to filter a normal pool without disturbing neighbours. However, people still need to be mindful of their local council's noise regulations.
Yes. Customer's need to be aware that Tariff 31 only provides electricity supply for a minimum of eight hours a day, generally between 10pm and 7am. This may not be enough operating time to provide sufficient pool filtration.
Additionally, the times when supply is available may not be convenient for pool maintenance to be carried out.
We estimate that pool filtration systems connected to continuous supply tariffs such as Tariff 11 can cost a household around $640 a year to run, depending on pump size and filtration settings. Connecting to Tariff 33 reduces electricity costs and provides typical savings of approximately $200 a year.
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A pool servicing company will help you optimise the filtration and sanitation requirements for your pool.
Rewards are available for connecting a pool pump to Economy Tariff 31 or 33. Connect your pool pump to Economy Tariff 31 or 33 and claim a $200 reward
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Yes, variable speed pool pumps can also be connected to Tariff 33.
Where a connection to Tariff 33 might not be practical for some people, variable speed pool pumps and drives should be considered as energy saving alternative.
Ask your pool installer or local pool shop about optimum running times and more details.
There will be no more risk than with any current complying poolside installation.
It is the licensed electrician's responsibility to ensure the socket outlet is installed in accordance with AS3000 (e.g., type, position, protection, suitable marking/identification).
In all instances we recommend that pool owners consult expert pool personnel or pool shops before making any changes to pool filtration.
However, the following information is offered:
Energex and Ergon Energy have not received water quality complaints from this switching.
Under the change, the power outlet should be used to connect pool filtration and sanitation equipment only. This is to allow for ease of servicing.
Other appliances and lights must still be hard wired if you also want them on Tariff 33. Alternatively, these appliances and lights can be installed to a Tariff 11 circuit to provide constant supply.
Customers who choose to wire a pool circuit to Tariff 33 usually have mains powered timers fitted to the switchboard - eliminating any timer/battery problems or issues.
In trials held over Summer 2010/11, 280 participants turned off their pool filtration systems for three and a half hours per day, and only one issue was reported of an electronic control unit's battery backup failing.
If customers are concerned with this issue they should refer to their manufacturer for advice.
The licensed electrical contractor who carries out the wiring work will mark the power outlet designated for the pool filtration.
Only pool filtration and associated sanitation equipment are allowed to be connected to the designated Tariff 33 outlet under this change.
Remember that supply can be interrupted for up to six hours a day.
This would not be compliant with the conditions for accessing Tariff 33 under the Gazette.
In addition, disruptions to power supply When Tariff 33 is switched off (generally at peak energy times in the morning or afternoon/evening) and the outside location of the socket outlet will form significant barriers for this.
If a pool remains healthy and clean on Tariff 33 accessed via a socket outlet, there is no reason for householders to unplug their pool cleaning system and connect to another power source during times of Tariff 33 control.
Electricity under Tariff 11 is considerably more expensive than under Tariff 33.
No. This change applies only to domestic installations.
As is the case with pool pumps currently supplied by Tariff 11, the pump would be plugged into a standard socket outlet located near the pool.
The Tariff 33 socket outlet will be connected via a dedicated circuit to the off-peak meter. This is a separate circuit to other circuits supplying the rest of the house.
The pool filtration socket outlet needs to be connected to a dedicated circuit connected to Tariff 33.
Other equipment is able to be connected to this circuit provided it meets the requirements of 'permanently connected' as per the Gazette.
The Time of Use tariff is an alternative to Tariff 11. If you are on Tariff 12, you can still connect your pool to Tariff 33.
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