Monthly Archives August 2019

What’s a good investment when moving home?

You’ve found a new home, congratulations!  It’s so exciting to think about all the ways you will be relaxing and enjoying the freedoms associated with a new home. Whether it’s your first home or your fifth, you’ve got design and decorating ideas, parties to plan, and a life to be lived. You know you’ve made a great investment and you are ready to reap the rewards! As this new reality really starts to set in, you may realise that there’s more to be done before you can dig into the fun part of having a new place. Some practical decisions
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What Size Solar Panel System Do I Need?

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg reached New York last week after sailing the Atlantic for fifteen days on a zero-emission boat powered by solar panels and underwater turbines. Perhaps Greta’s zest for sustainable living has got you thinking – ‘What can we do to reduce our carbon footprint?’ As a homeowner, one way to achieve that goal is to consume clean energy by installing solar PV panels on your roof. Installing solar PV (Photovoltaic) panels on your rooftop makes good sense both from the perspective of reducing your carbon footprint and lowering your monthly household expenditure on electricity. Is this the year
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How Do Solar Panels Work?

So, you’ve heard about these solar panels and you’ve seen them popping up on people’s houses around town but you wonder – why bother? How do they even work? What’s in it for me? Here’s the deal, people are buying solar panels because they work: They work to power your home; they work to help the environment; they work to save you money. These panels do all of this while sitting pretty up there on your rooftop, just doing their thing. But how do solar panels work? Solar panels work by having a system built into them that gathers the
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The STC Price Is Currently $36 Making It A Great Time To Install Solar

Can The STC Price Offset Rising Power Bills? The current STC price of $36 is helping Australian households install solar power to offset rising power bills. Electricity prices in Australia have been on the rise for the last few years. It is estimated that the electricity cost hikes have added $500 to the annual cost of power for the average Australian household over the last three years. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there will be a political solution, at least not in the short term. The national average for electricity consumption in Australia is 6570 kWh per year or 18
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Canadian Solar Panels Expert Review

Canadian Solar Introduction Over the last decade, the solar market has seen rapid growth and provided around 2.8% of the world’s electricity demand last year. The growth is spurred on by the fall in production costs, and the ability to deploy panels individually or in large installations. In the previous ten years, the price of  PV systems has fallen by nearly 75% and has driven Australia to have one of the highest solar capacities in the world. However, not all solar panels are made equal, and we want to take a look at those provided by Canadian Solar. Canadian Solar
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NSW Government’s Empowering Homes Program Market Feedback Submission

The Empowering Homes Program will support the installation of up to 300,000 solar-battery systems across the state over the next 10 years. The program will provide interest-free loans to eligible NSW residents to install battery and solar-battery systems. It is planned that loans of up to $9,000 for a battery system or up to $14,000 for a solar-battery system will be available to owner-occupiers with an annual household income of up to $180,000. All applications will be subject to normal loan assessment criteria as part of the program requirements. The program aims to unlock up to $3.2 billion in clean
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It’s True – One In Four Solar Installations Really Are Faulty

It was all across the News Corp press headlines this morning – Daily Telegraph, Courier Mail, Herald Sun and others including front page leaders: One In Four Solar Installations Are Faulty! So here’s something that we never thought we would say – we actually AGREE with a lot of the content of this article… I know, I know. But they raise a number of really good points (with, of course, the usual inaccuracies and sensationalist statements, but more on that later). Their key points are: The Clean Energy Regulator has found that a whopping 22.5% of solar installations are unsafe
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