A solar system installation will allow you to save money in multiple ways. In the Australian solar power market, households are eligible to install a residential rooftop solar system of up to 5kW in output capacity, depending on state regulations.
By feeding electricity generated by your solar power system into the grid, you may be eligible for a credit on your bill. In addition to this, a solar system will reduce the amount of electricity you need to purchase from the grid.
Savings with solar will differ on many situational factors including the size of the solar system, direction of the solar panels, shading, tilt, sunlight hours and more. To utilise a solar system to its full potential, it is important to understand what your household consumption patterns need to be.
Going solar also provides wider community benefits as it allows households to utilise the natural energy of the sun to power homes. It is one of the most sustainable methods of generating electricity and the electricity produced by solar panels generates zero carbon emissions.
Solar also helps the environment by reducing the production of greenhouse gases and air pollution, which is created when burning fossil fuels. Most importantly, solar is an unlimited resource unlike most other energy resources, and should be utilized to its maximum capacity.
Energy Saving Tips Around The Home
- When buying new appliances, purchase energy-efficient models with as many stars as possible.
- Replace halogen down lights with compact fluorescent down lights
- Switch off appliances and electrical equipment at the power point to reduce your household carbon pollution and power bills.
- Insulate your home to assist in the reduction of power
- Switch off lights when they are not needed
- Set central heating to between 18°C and 21°C
- Use external blinds to keep out the sun in summer
- Opt to use fans rather than air conditioners
- When using the air conditioner, set temperatures between 23°C and 26°C
- Minimise the use of your heater instead of leaving it turned on throughout the day
- Warm up the bed with a hot water bottle instead of an electronic blanket
- Dry your hair with a towel instead of blow-drying your hair with a hair dryer
- Develop a routine to have shorter showers
- Use half-flush and full-flush options for the toilet accordingly
- Only run the dishwasher when it is full and use the eco option when available
- Defrost food in the fridge overnight rather than microwaving it
- Cover pots and pans to reduce cooking time
- Use a power board that can supply electricity to multiple appliances at the same time to ensure you switch off all appliances at the wall that are on standby
- Opt to use a laptop rather than a desktop computer to reduce power usage
- Use desk or standard lamp to provide a more focused light source
- Use cold water where possible
- Use the sun to dry your clothes instead of the dryer
- Always adjust water levels according to the amount of laundry per load