What is DC Digest?
The DC Digest is a weekly insights email service. It is designed to help you save money by giving you better visibility of your energy usage and, if you have solar, your solar performance.
We look at your weekly energy data and turn it into clear, concise information and insights that are easily digestible. So in one glance at the DC Digest, you can understand your energy data and have the knowledge you need to be able to save more.
What is import and export?
Your import is the amount of grid electricity you used in your home. If you have solar, your export is the amount of solar power you exported back to the grid.
What does the sunshine in my area refer to?
Because we know your address, we use specialised insolation data (i.e. sunniness) to estimate the amount of sun that was shining on your roof. This is important as it will impact the amount of solar power your solar system generates and therefore have influenced your export and import for the week.
What is the percentage of solar power I used?
Also known as self-consumption, this describes the percentage of your solar power you use in your home. The rest you export to the electricity grid.
The majority of solar households (those on a standard feed-in tariff) will benefit most from using as much solar power in their home as possible, so you should aim for the highest self-consumption percentage as possible.
This is because the average solar-only home sells around three quarters of their solar power pack to the grid for as little as a third of the price they pay for energy. So financially, it makes more sense to use more free solar power and minimise the amount of electricity you have to buy later on.
How can I increase the amount of solar power I use?
By running appliances during the day you can use your solar power rather than buying grid energy later on. However the best way to use more solar power is with a battery. A battery will store the excess solar power you’re not using during the day so you can use it later on. That’s why we tell you what a battery can do for you.