The cost of living is front of mind and there’s no denying energy bills have a big role to play. Whether you’re a resident, a strata committee, or a developer, the ongoing rise in energy prices impacts everyone. Fortunately, if you know where to look, there are future-focused alternatives that are great for the wallet and the environment. Sometimes it is difficult to know where to start.
Altogether Group is a sustainable multi-utility that provides: embedded energy networks, hot water systems, drinking water, recycled water and wastewater services to both horizontal and vertical communities in New South Wales and Queensland. The team can provide bespoke energy and water solutions that meet your unique needs. And on the hot topic of energy, the team is well equipped to develop an efficient management plan to minimise energy costs through the power of embedded networks.
Terry Leckie, chief executive officer, has a fantastic track record and is known for his passion in this space. He says: At Altogether Group, we understand the importance of energy and water efficiency, and we work tirelessly to provide solutions that bring long-term financial and environmental benefits to the communities we serve. We invite communities looking to reduce their carbon footprint to reach out to our team for advice and solutions to help reduce their energy and water consumption and costs.
Embedded networks and, bulk meters, can save you money
An embedded energy network exists in buildings, such as an apartment block, and allows communities to purchase energy in bulk at a discounted rate. Bulk purchases also allow corporate bodies to take advantage of economies of scale, reduce their energy costs and control the distribution of power throughout the building. Embedded networks can also tap into renewable energy sources, such as solar panels, to generate electricity and store it in batteries for later use.
Battery storage can reduce the cost of electricity to consumers, improve the reliability of the electricity system, and reduce the need for additional power lines and substations, all whilst reducing a building’s environmental footprint by avoiding the use of fossil fuels. They improve the efficiency of the grid by providing a reliable source of electricity during times of low demand.
The integration of solar power also opens up an opportunity for thermal hot water. This energy system transfers the heat from the sun’s rays to a storage tank where it is then used for domestic hot water or for space heating. The advantages of this thermal hot water include lower energy bills, increased energy efficiency, and improved sustainability.
In addition, Altogether Group can prepare the energy backbone to permit electric vehicle charging stations within an embedded network allowing for better control over charging costs and time, and efficient use of energy resources.
A trusted supplier for bespoke solutions
Altogether Group is the QLD and NSW trusted supplier of low-cost power, water and data for more than 400 communities, and can advise on the most efficient approach to infrastructure as well as the benefits and pitfalls of the latest technologies. The company can pinpoint how to achieve the lowest practical green footprint and the best commercial arrangements to protect the entire community from owners’ corporations to property owners and tenants. Altogether Group can also help property developers attract sustainability-conscious buyers and bring projects to market more quickly by providing infrastructure that utilities might not have built yet