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Charge HQ: Optimizing EV Charging and Reducing Your Energy Bills

Electric vehicles (EVs) are the future of transportation, and it’s no secret that they are more efficient and environmentally friendly than traditional petrol-powered cars. However, EVs come with a downside – the cost and hassle of keeping them charged. Charge HQ is an innovative app solution that solves this problem by offering smart charging, which is a technology that optimizes the charging process to make it more efficient and cost-effective.

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Charge HQ operates entirely in the cloud, which means that it can be accessed from anywhere using your smartphone or tablet. It reduces your charging costs via the use of smart charging. You can choose to utilise energy from your home solar or off-peak energy, making it an affordable and eco-friendly solution for EV owners.

One of the standout features of Charge HQ is that it can help you save money by reducing the need for an expensive car charger. To make it work, you need a Fronius, GoodWe, SolarEdge or Sungrow solar inverter with a consumption meter, but the benefits are substantial. The app makers can communicate directly with energy providers. So, when there’s too much solar in the system, they can talk directly to Western Power about ways to redirect that solar power to the EVs. By doing this, you can save a considerable amount of money on your energy bills and contribute to a greener future.

Charge HQ is highly configurable, and it offers advanced scheduling, grid renewables optimisation, home battery awareness, and charging statistics. With these features, you can customise your charging schedule and optimize your energy usage to suit your needs.

The app works with electric vehicles, wall chargers, solar inverters, and home batteries. Tesla owners and EV drivers with supported wall chargers can be up and running in 10 minutes with the app. Charge HQ monitors your home solar production and automatically controls EV charging to use the excess. When there’s not enough solar, it automatically tops up from the grid overnight at off-peak rates. This is a set-and-forget solution that optimizes the use of solar while still making sure you have enough charge in your EV each day.

Using smart charging on your electric vehicle has many benefits, starting with the convenience of powering your vehicle with the energy you generate from the sun. It’s also the cheapest way of charging your car, as using excess energy from your rooftop solar system is often the most cost-effective solution. By using the energy to charge your car, you’ll recover your investment in your solar system faster than exporting it to the grid, improving solar payback.

Charging via solar energy creates demand for renewable energy, allowing more to be built and reducing strain on the grid. Smart charging can automatically avoid demand during peak periods, making power more reliable, reducing grid upgrades, and keeping prices lower for everyone. Aligning charging times with periods of solar production also reduces the amount of coal and gas that is used to generate electricity, helping to reduce fossil fuel use.

Charge HQ offers an efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly way to charge your EV. With its advanced features and cloud-based technology, it’s the perfect solution for those looking to reduce their energy bills and contribute to a greener future. To find out more about how Clean NRG can help set you up with Charge HQ contact us today!

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