Why solar power is the best option for savvy home owners.

Published Thu 05 Nov 2015

Did you know that over 1 million homes in Australia have solar power? It just goes to show that Australians really do understand how important it is to look after our environment and opt for sustainability.  

If you’re about to build a new home, solar power is a great option. You can generate your own clean energy, and save on power bills at the same time! Wondering what you need to know about installing solar power? We’ve compiled some key facts for you to keep in mind.

Why solar power is the best option for savvy home owners. How does it all work?
Solar panels soak up sunlight, which generates DC electricity. A solar inverter then converts this into 240V 50Hz AC electricity - the kind you’ll need to power the appliances in your home. Any surplus electricity (power you don’t use up), is fed back into the main grid for everyone to use. Most power companies measure how much, and will likely credit you for this on your power bill.
 
What happens when the sun isn’t shining?
On a bleak day and at night-time, your house will simply be powered by regular electricity from the main grid. Your energy company will charge this to you at normal rates.
 
But there have also been some exciting technological developments that means Australian homes will be able to become more and more independent from the grid. Home batteries could allow your home to store the surplus energy your solar panels produce, and save it for a rainy day.
 
Don’t just save money with solar power - make it too!
The Australian government is still offering rebates and incentives for home-builders and owners who install solar. You may be able to receive a rebate to cover some of the cost of installation, and perhaps even make some money out of the excess electricity you generate! Be sure to look into this carefully before you get started.
 
How do I find about more about installation?
Speak to your home builder, and research more online. We love this handy calculator from energymatters.com.au to help you calculate how many solar panels you need. You can also read all about renewable energy on yourenergysavings.gov.au.
 
Start here: find out more about building your new home at Mandalay!
 
Newland Developers Pty Ltd recomends you speak with a qualified electrician and your energy company prior to commiting to the purchase and installation of solar panels. The information provided here is a guide to solar panels. Further research is highly recommended.

…contributed by Ntegrity
 

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