epr: Hey I have just had solar panels installed and I am wondering if my power company will let me switch to a low user rate. I am guessing maybe not as they will now be buying some power back off me but if anyone has a good idea then I would appreciate a heads up.
Have you done your maths to confirm the economics?
Low users pay a higher daily charge (approx. $1 vs 33c from memory). Depending on your PV capacity and if you are able to shift your consumption (such as hot water, laundry, dishwasher) to consume all you solar energy and essentially have nothing left to export back to the grid, then the savings on the daily charge may exceed the additional cost of electricity in the evenings.