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Solar Habits To Help You Save

 

As we delve into a second round of lock-down, the COVID-19 pandemic has yet again shut us in and challenged the way in which we do ‘normal’. Adaptability, however, is one of humanity’s greatest strengths and in the face of such unknown times, it seems we have developed some pretty interesting habits and solutions to our foreseeable hermit existence. So besides, working from home, ordering UberEATS often and wearing pyjama bottoms on our zoom calls, how do we move forward in this perpetual state of immobility?

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As businesses grind to an eye-watering halt we have begun to see a time of internal reflection begin. With a halt on pesky things such as customers and actual profit, focuses such as renovations and digital innovation have forced industries to ask, “how can we do this better than before.”

Judging by the lines at Bunnings and the empty shelves in crafting stores, the ‘internal restructure’ movement has transcended the business world and has caught up with the rest of society. The menial ‘I’ll get to that task’ that we have swept under the rug for so long are now blatantly staring us in our iso-faces- forcing us to re-evaluate how we do ‘normal’ at home.

So with half built patios and the majority of our living room furniture sanded back, how do we effectively do an internal spring clean?

The Solar Habits to Help You Save In Lock-Down

One of the most effective activities you can do is a break down of your bills, budget and energy usage. By working from home and spending more hours in the house than ever before, energy bills around Australia are set to soar- leaving energy companies as one of the only industries that are reveling in this current air-born demise.

So, if you are ready to start on your own internal restructure journey, then solar could help ease some of the effects felt by COVID by reducing your energy bills by up to 80%.

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 as they generate energy primarily during peak-daylight hours. If your peak energy usage is during daylight hours, then the majority of your energy needs will be covered simply by solar!

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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. The rate you receive in return, however, is in no way comparable to the amount you would save from using the energy yourself.

If you would benefit more from using your ‘free’ energy at night, then an additional battery storage could be an effective alternative to your solar solution.

If you are interested in discovering how solar habits can help you save then request 3 free solar quotes from CEC accredited installers to get you saving!

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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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