Why should I get Solar Power?

Posted by SolarGreen on 26 January 2015

This is a question we are asked daily - "why get Solar Power?". The answer is easy.

  • It is helping our environment;
  • it is helping to slow the effects on global warming and the consequences of traditional fossil fuel energy sources. 
  • Most of all, it will save you money!

It is easy to work out what size solar power system will most help you reduce your power bill.  No matter who is your electricity retailer, they all provide a graph of your usage on their bills.  That graph has all the information you need to work out what size Solar System you need!  The graph will tell you how many kilowatt hours of power per day you are currently drawing/using from the grid. It could be 15kwH, it may be 54kwH - it will differ for every home and circumstance.  Whatever that figure, that is the production rate of Solar Power you should aim for to reduce your power bill.

If you use 25kwH per day, you need to be looking at a 5Kw Solar Power system to reduce your energy bills substantially!  It really is that easy.  Solar Power systems are not the only way you can reduce your power bill. Grid connected Solar Power is just one of the ways SolarGreen can help reduce your energy costs.  We are holistic about renewable energy and constantly strive toward better and more cost effective ways to reduce your power bill, your energy consumption, and to aid you in reducing your Carbon Footprint.

Solar Power is Easy!

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Increases to electricity pricing

Posted on 28 July 2014
At the start of July, energy providers announced that there would be significant increases to electricity pricing. For example, AGL Energy announced that they would be introducing the following tariff increases effective from July 15, 2014:

5% increase to their Peak tariff
16% increase to their Off-Peak tariff
66% increase in Supply Charge

What does this mean for the average household?

  • A 13.6% total increase to the average power bill*
  • The average Australian will be $190 extra out-of-pocket*

Whilst it is likely that prices may be reduced slightly with the removal of the carbon tax, we will have to wait and see how energy providers approach this change. Regardless of the outcome, energy will continue to rise and there is no better time than now to evaluate your energy usage. If you would like carry out a review of your household's electricity usage - SolarGreen is offering a FREE Energy Audit to all residents in SE Queensland & Northern NSW. All you need to do is follow this link to our assessment tool - www.solargreen.com.au/energy-audit.

For any other enquiries about ways of saving energy, feel free to Contact Us today!

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Helpful energy saving tips for winter!

Posted by SolarGreen on 25 June 2014

SolarGreen has developed the following list of helpful hints and tips for all Australian families to consider for the upcoming colder months.

Don’t overheat your home

  • Keep your thermostat set to 20ºC in winter. You shouldn't need it any warmer than this.
  • Program your heater’s thermostat so it only works when you need it. You can buy an affordable timer from any hardware store.
  • Consider installing a reverse cycle solar air conditioning system and save up to 50% of your running costs.
  • Think about what you're wearing before turning on your heater. If you're not wearing a jumper, pants and socks then you probably don't need your heater on at all!

FACT: Turning your thermostat down by 2ºC you could reduce your energy bill by up to $150 per year.*

Keep the heat in your home & don't let it escape

  • By closing all doors to rooms that you do not need to use, you could save up to $60 a year*.
  • Seal draughts and gaps around external doors and windows and save up to $40 a year*.
  • Keep curtains and external blinds closed at night and on cloudy days to keep the cold out.
  • Open curtains when the sun is shining, especially for windows facing north.
  • Consider installing double glazed windows
  • Installing or topping up your home insulation will keep you both warmer in winter and cooler in summer. By doing so will reduce your heating and air-conditioning costs, and could save you up to $350 a year.* Click here to read about SolarGreen's insulation products.

FACT: Up to 35% of your home’s heat can escape through doors, windows, walls and ceilings.

Use hot water wisely

  • Wash clothes in cold water and you will save considerable amounts of energy.
  • Fix any leaking hot taps and you’ll save both energy and water.
  • Avoid rinsing dishes under running hot water. Scrape your plates first and then use a plug in the sink to wash your dishes.
  • If you don't already have a front-loading washing machine, consider investing in one. They use less energy and less water than top loading machines.
  • Consider installing solar hot water to significantly reduce your hot water costs.
  • Reduce your shower time! By reducing the time spent in the shower from 7 minutes to 4 minutes could save up to 13,800 litres of water each year and a considerable amount of money.*
  • Install a 3 star showerhead and the average household can save up to $150 a year.*

FACT:  Installing a solar hot water system can reduce your hot water costs by up to 90%. Find out more!

*www.SaveEnergy.vic.gov.au 

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Stop the Newman Government cutting the feed-in tariff

Posted by SolarGreen on 6 March 2014
Stop the Newman Government cutting the feed-in tariff

Dear Solar Owners,

Sign the petition now - www.solarcitizens.org.au.

Unfortunately there is more bad news on the horizon for solar owners, with Energy Minister Mark McArdle announcing today that the Newman government will be completely removing the 8 cent feed-in tariff, effective as of 1 July this year.

If this policy is introduced then the only way to negotiate a feed-in tariff will be directly via a retailer, which we feel is a lose-lose for the 40,000 solar owners throughout Queensland.

Queenslanders have managed to stop the government implementing unfair solar charges in the past and we are hoping that we can do it again. If you feel these proposed changes are unfair and may affect you, or people you know, please sign the Solar Citizens Petition today!

Regards,

Robert Wichgers
General Manager

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2013 The Sun's Solar Flare Storm

Posted on 10 July 2013
2013 The Sun's Solar Flare Storm

A massive solar flare could cause global chaos in 2013, causing blackouts and wrecking satellite communications.


Nasa has warned that a peak in the sun's magnetic energy cycle and the number of sun spots or flares around 2013 could generate huge radiation levels.


The resulting solar storm could cause a geomagnetic storm on Earth, knocking out electricity grids around the world for hours, days, or even months, bringing much of normal life grinding to a halt. (Protect yourself from blackouts by installing our Hybrid Energy System).


Defence Secretary Liam Fox, who delivered the keynote address at an international conference on the vulnerability of electricity grids around the world, warned that modern societies' dependence on technology leaves them vulnerable to such events.

A massive solar flare is caught on camera on September 8th 2010. Scientists fear that the Sun's activity could cause havoc on Earth in 2013.


The Sun follows an 11-year cycle of high and low periods of solar activity. It is now leaving a notably quiet phase and scientists expect to see a sharp increase in the number of solar flares as well as unprecedented levels of magnetic energy.


The rings of fire, which have the power of 100 hydrogen bombs, could cause twenty times more economic damage than Hurricane Katrina.


Experts met in Washington DC in June 2010 to discuss how to protect Earth from the ferocious flares, which are expected sometime around 2013.


Nasa is using dozens of satellites – including the Solar Dynamics Observatory – to study the threat.


The problem was investigated in depth two years ago by the National Academy of Sciences, in a report which outlined the social and economic impacts of severe space weather events.


It noted how people of the 21st-century rely on high-tech systems for the basics of daily life.


Power grids, GPS navigation, air travel, financial services and emergency radio communications can all be knocked out by intense solar activity.

But much of the damage could be minimised if it was known in advance that the storm was approaching.

You can protect your home from surges, dirty power and electromagnetic radiation by installing our POWERWORX E3 – You can also protect yourself from blackouts by installing our all of home UPS Systems.

This Blog was provided by The Daily Mail Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1313858/Solar-flare-paralyse-Earth-2013.html#ixzz2YaFyw3z4

 
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