[VIC] Free Standby Power Controllers, Water-Saving Showerheads and Energy-Saving CFL Lightbulbs

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I've just been informed by a door-to-door salesman about this offer. It is for Victorian homes only. Based on what I gathered from the website, the Victorian Government is putting out an initiative to add these gadgets in your home to reduce green house gas.

Please let me know if you guys have had service from these guys. Thanks.


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  • +2 votes

    I live in SA and knew of (but missed) previous "free globe replacement" deals so I searched and found a live link to a different company. A lady came promptly and installed the globes (max 6) and also offered shower heads (2) so i took them too.

    She remembered me / my house and brought me these Standby power controllers only a couple of weeks ago - and a few extra globes. So my experience - albeit not from the same company - is very good

    Although I haven't fully worked out the power controllers yet :)

    With some research similar deals should be available in other states.

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      Hey mate,

      Any link or details on where to get this in SA??

      • +1 vote

        The paperwork I have is from "Ecovantage" but their website is a bit hopeless.
        I was looking at it before for IStops below but it seems focused in Victoria.

        I call them anyway - and maybe Etsa or a couple of resellers.
        Some things are poorly advertised and only available when you ask.

        Good Luck

      • +1 vote

        Nice one - Ask for the Power plug thingies too - I got 2 of each on 11 Feb.

  • +1 vote

    i used another mob, but i really recommend everyone who is eligible to get on board. I have 2 PC adaptors and 2 AV adaptors and they really are quite convenient and whilst the saving probably isn't much, its better than nothing.

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    Had the visit from a rep at the door 2 weeks ago or so. Got one of each of the devices as stated for nothing, been working fine since then. Hadn't heard of this until the knock on the door' , no complaints here.

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    is it possible someone can get some and send it to NSW.
    get paid for the service.

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    Wish they could replace my downlights…

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      i know what u mean. I've buy floor lamps instead of those yellowish halogen downlights.

      • +2 votes

        Check out LED downlight replacements. They are awsesome. They are a bit steep at the moment, but will probably still save you money (and reduce the risk of a house fire.)

        I buy mine in China for $3 retail, so they won't be expensive in Australia for ever……….

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          If you can share a bargain deal available to australia on these, you might get lots of ++++.
          Funny how they are not something sold cheaply in great numbers. Especially if they are so cheap in China.

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    book online, hopefully, this is not free with catch!!!

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    Is it possible to get these without them coming in and snooping inside your house? I can't really see why they have to be professionally installed, they simply plug into the socket.

    • +1 vote

      I Don't think so.

      After my install the installer called back to the company (on their phone) and put me on to verbally confirm they were installed, you know how to use them, and you are all happy etc.

      I imagine its just legal red tape so that the company can get credits for it and so that they dont just rort / sell on ebay etc. (they even take your incandescent globes away to "balance" the outgoing CFLs)

      Small price to pay for freebies IMO.

    • +1 vote

      Professionally installed? The idiot who did mine was no professional and connected my DVD recorder which stopped recording because you're not supposed to connect those.

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    It's free because companies get $$ off the government. My partners parents got these installed, lasted about 3 hours before the flashing light gave them the olds the shits, it's hard to turn the tv on, and the device flashes every time you change the channel. These were on the LCD tvs.

  • +1 vote

    I had this done by AGL in Victoria a month ago.
    They'd only replace the old style lightbulbs and if they are fitted as they need them as proof of the changeover.
    I had a heap of Homebrand ones in the garage, so I put them in every socket in the house, hah, hah, hah!

    We had 4 of the controllers put in and they are awesome. Just put a bit of black tape over the green light if you don't like the flashing.

    They had to do the install themselves, but he let me do the rooms I wanted.

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    Vic in title pls.

  • +4 votes

    If you care about your tax money you wouldn't touch these things. The people knock on your door claim to be "Government agents" giving you free environmentally friendly equipment, yes you are getting free stuff but in reality they just charge the government huge costs for stuff that are probably less than a quarter of the billed cost.

    You'll only be paying it all back in the future when the Government jacks up tax for past wasted funds.

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    Anything like this in QLD?

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    Please refer to this link which outlines the scheme.
    The program is an initiative from the government but DOES NOT use tax payers money to purchase certificates, products or pay anyone to install these products.
    The scheme is in place to help people reduce their carbon emissions, this is advertised to people through their electricity provider or by people door knocking. All electricity providers are required to offer this service to their customers.
    It is active in VIC and SA so if you are interested in the service I would suggest looking at the following websites, VEET or ESC in VIC or ESCOSA in SA for more clarification.
    https://www.veet.vic.gov.au/Public/Public.aspx?id=Home

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    I had one of the standby power saving double plugs installed for the kitchen TV. BTW, beware of some installers who just freely browse your house in any room as they please—I stopped the one we had from going upstairs! And to tell you the truth, it is quite a nuisance to use. 1. the BRIGHT green led flashes for 2 minutes before it turns off the standby power. 2. The adapter is HUGE making the fitting of other power bricks next to it impossible (i.e. cordless phone). 3. you have to press the on button on the remote twice for it to work. I mean, I thought it would be easier to use than just simply turning off your devices at the WALL. But I was wrong.

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      You are correct.
      Whoever invented these (Standby) things, does not know what 'KISS' means.

      Shower head is good

      Globes are warm (not white).
      For any of you that are having difficulty reading, and are tempted to use glasses, try to do most of your reading in sunlight (or sunlit room).
      At night, use strong cool white globes (not warm)

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      Someone should tell the government, that they would get 'more bang for the buck' and a better take up, if they offered a MUCH simpler solution.
      Post every address with a coupon entitling them to collect free powerboards. Say one with 6 switched outlets, and two with one master on/off switch on the powerboard.
      If you group your Tele, recorder, DVD player, etc on one powerboard, you can turn them all off with one switch which probably would be a breeze to reach.
      I do that for the lounge room, and for the computer room.
      Even though I only accepted one of the fancy Standby Power Controllers, I shy away from using it, as my system is just as effective, and is 10 times simpler.

      PS If we want to save the planet, all the 'carbon' measures being implemented, and proposed, will not amount to 'a hill of beans', if we do not prevent the world's population from increasing.
      That is where ALL the effort should be being focused.

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    I just had someone at my door (Monday), and will get the 'installer visit' today (2nd May).
    I have a complex qty of power boards (Lounge electronics, and PCs etc in other room). I would prefer to unplug and organize at a leisurely safe (get it all back the way it was) rate.
    Can I ask them to confirm my needs (qty) and just give them to me to 'install' at my own pace ?

    Are the globes 'Cool' (White) rather than 'Warm' (lousy for reading with) ?

    I am renting, so damage is to be avoided. Will they be 'ham fisted' when changing shower head ?
    I have an extremely low capacity hot water tank, so in the past, I have to have the water barely trickling, so as to not run out of hot water. That to me is the greatest shower related problem. Will the replacement be a boon to me (by spreading my trickle over more of my surface area) ?

    Rob
    Melbourne Vic
    (St Kilda East)

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