The running costs of reverse cycle air conditioners and heaters can be costly as the temperature dips and it’s the reason many Australian households are exploring alternative sources of energy such as solar power.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, about 21 per cent of Australia’s homes now have a solar photovoltaic (PV) system, with that number projected to increase over the coming years.
With rising costs of electricity, solar panels are growing in popularity among Australian householders.
It’s the ideal time to install renewable energy for your home or business because:
- Electricity prices are high
- Solar panels are historically cheap
- Government rebates are high, depending on the size of your system
- When your solar system is producing electricity and you are not using all the power it makes, you can sell the excess to the grid, determined by your feed-in tariff
“The process begins with a free, on-site consultation to understand the customer’s power usage and to assess the site,” a spokesperson from a solar business said.
“We will then design the best system for your needs. The installation is completed by us, and after-sales service is provided – whether it be maintenance, repairs or upgrades.”
If you already have an older or smaller system, now is the perfect time to upgrade your old system as solar panels have doubled in power and halved in price.
To qualify for the STC rebate, your system must be designed and installed by a Clean Energy Council (CEC) accredited tradesperson.
Savings from solar panels vary and will depend on the aspect of your home and the size or number of panels you install. Get the best quality 5kW inverter and about 6.5kW solar panels that you can afford.
Solar tiles that form part of your roof are also available. Due to the cost and integration into the rest of the roof, consider solar tiles if you are building a new home, or undertaking a renovation that needs a new roof.
In a typical household about 30-40 per cent of energy consumption is used to heat water so it makes sense to have this operating by solar power too.
A conventional system simply pushes your water through ‘solar hot water panels’ called ‘collectors’ on your roof, to heat your water.
These panels absorb the heat from the sun to heat your water. When there isn’t enough sun then you use electric or gas boost to top up the heat.
Panels of tubes or pipes, called a radiant slab system, are installed in the floors or walls of your home. You may need to have a water storage tank installed to retain hot water and transfer its heat to a heat pump.
Talk to the experts.