SmartShift
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SmartShift™ makes your home devices more intelligent by automatically running them at times when energy is cheaper and greener.

Because of Amber's wholesale power prices, SmartShift™ could save eligible Amber customers up to an additional $150 - $400 a year on their power bills.


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Amber is an innovative Aussie energy company giving your household access to the real-time wholesale price of electricity as it changes every 30 minutes. You can make additional savings on your power bills by using power at times when it's cheaper and greener, and using less when it's expensive and dirty.

SmartShift™ puts these cheaper and greener savings on autopilot. It's clever technology that optimises your everyday home devices (such as electric hot water systems, pool pumps, and household batteries) to lower your energy costs with Amber. This means a cheaper Amber bill for you, and greater demand for renewable energy in Australia.
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Some household appliances, like electric hot water systems, pool pumps and home batteries have flexibility in the times that they use power from the grid (or when they charge and discharge power in the case of home batteries) while still providing their full service to you. SmartShift™ makes these devices smarter by optimising them to automatically shift some of your energy usage to times when the wholesale electricity price is cheaper. It works by controlling your appliances with either a small physical SmartShift™ device or by remotely accessing the SmartShift™ service (depending on the appliance).

SmartShift™ can automatically reduce the cost to run your energy intensive appliances by up to $150 - $400 a year depending on your household energy usage (relative to what you'd pay as an Amber customer without SmartShift™). It optimises your everyday appliances without impacting service, so they'll always be ready when you need them.

Access to SmartShift™ is free for the first 12 months, with no obligation to continue after the 12 month term has ended.

SmartShift™ is now available for certain Solar and Home Battery customers.
Click here to find out more about how this works with your system.

Our SmartShift™ partners

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You could save up to $200 - $400 a year on your power bills through our SmartShift™ Tesla Powerwall optimisations.
Our integration with Tesla Powerwall will allow you to create more value from your Tesla Powerwall by automating it based on the wholesale energy price with Amber. Our SmartShift™ technology is designed to minimise your electricity costs and maximise the value of your exported energy.
New!
LG Chem Home Battery
Leverage our SmartShift™ technology integration with your LG Chem Energy Storage System to get total control over your energy bill.

By putting your usage on autopilot, based on the wholesale energy price, you can minimise your electricity costs and maximise the value of your exported energy without lifting a finger.
New!
By optimising your
pool pump you could save up to
$150 per year on your Amber bills
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By optimising your
electric vehicle you could save up to
$300 - 500 per year on your Amber bills
Icon for an electric hot water system
By optimising your
electric hot water you could save up to
$175 per year on your Amber bills
An icon depicting a household battery
By optimising your
household battery we could save you up to
$200 - 400 per year on your Amber bills

Got any questions?

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

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. SmartShift™ will always keep some battery power in reserve, so it's there if you need it. You'll be able to see how SmartShift™ is optimising your battery, and how much it's saving you, using the Amber app. Read more about our battery program here.

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. 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 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.

How will SmartShift™ optimise EV charging?

SmartShift™ will lower your EV charging costs with Amber by automatically charging your EV at times when the wholesale price of energy is cheaper and greener. You'll be able to see how SmartShift™ is optimising your EV charging, and how much it's saving you, using the Amber app.

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