At home workers and parents save more money with solar power

 

If you’ve recently made the transition to work from home or are a newly stay at home parent you’ve probably noticed your electricity bills have risen in comparison to when you were out of the house for most of the day.

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If this is the case it’s no surprise that the more often you’re at home the more frequently you’ll be using your household appliances and lighting. This increase in electricity usage obviously then reflects on the electricity bill. While you can try your best to reduce usage throughout the day, sometimes it’s not always possible and let’s face it children aren’t always going to quite understand why you keep turning the lights off or won’t keep the air conditioner running on a 30-40 degree day.

Solar Power Is The Solution To Reducing Electricity Costs

If you know about home solar power systems, then you would have heard that they can reduce your electricity bills from generating free solar energy for a household to use. What you might not know is that households where there are people working from home or have people home during the day benefit the most from having solar power systems. This is due to solar power systems generating energy during daylight hours, meaning they can directly cover the energy usage of the household during the day.

If a solar power system’s energy is not used during the day it is fed into the electricity grid and reimbursed as a credit (also know as feed-in tariff return) on your electricity bill, however, the rate you receive in return is no way comparable to the amount you would save from using the energy yourself.

By using free energy generated from a solar power system a household can reduce bills by up to 80% and save thousands per year.

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TIP: You can purchase battery storage as an additional component if you benefit more from using your “free” energy at night.

And If You’re Not At Home, Solar Power Will Still Save You Money

If you’re not at home all day, installing a home solar power system will still benefit you financially by reducing your electricity bills, however, to make the most of your daytime free energy you will need to adjust your energy usage.  

The way you can do this is by setting timers on your highest energy-consuming appliances such as your washing machine and dishwasher so that they run during the day. You can also maximise on your daytime usage by charging items like your vacuum and laptop during the day or even investing in a slow cooker to avoid using your stove and oven at night.

 

If you’re ready to reduce those increasing electricity bills request 3 free solar quotes from CEC accredited installers to get started!

 

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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.
 

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