Solar and Energy Efficiency

Solar and Energy Efficiency
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Council is part of the Our Energy Future program. Read more about the program, and what it can offer you. Our Energy Future - Energy Advice Service Council is part of the Our Energy Future program. Read more about the program, and what it can offer you.  
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Upcoming webinars

Prepare your home for summer
Want a cooler home this summer and to cut down on bills?

Come along to this free webinar to learn about easy, cost-effective ways you can make your home cool and efficient. Find out:

  • How to make your home cooler without major renovations
  • The most efficient way to cool your home
  • Where your home uses energy and what areas you should prioritise
  • How solar panels can help reduce your energy bills

When: Tuesday 28 September, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

​​Register here

 

Introduction to solar and batteries
Solar is now more affordable than ever, so there's never been a better time to consider it for your home. However, it also means that the market is often saturated with confusing information from a variety of suppliers.

Join this FREE webinar to learn all you need to know on how to navigate whether solar and batteries are right for your home, and much more.

When: Tuesday 23 November, 6:30pm-8:00pm

​​Register here

Solar made simple – Australian Energy Foundation

Choosing the right solar energy system is tricky so we've partnered with the Australian Energy Foundation to provide you with simple energy advice you can trust. The Australian Energy Foundation will help you understand what you can to do to make your home energy efficient and reduce energy bills. They take out the confusion of choosing the right energy system for your home.

For trusted obligation free quotes on: 

 

Click here or call 1300 339 915 for your free quote​​​

 

APVI and Sunspot Tool - map your roof’s solar potential

SunSPoT is a great online tool to help you calculate how much electricity and money a solar PV system could save you at home or your business.

This is done by analysing your roof, shading, weather and solar radiation data, and combining these with your electricity usage and billing costs

Energy made easy

The Federal Government has developed an online tool to help you compare electricity and gas offers, understand your energy bills and learn about energy consumer rights. For details, go to www.energymadeeasy.gov.au.

Save energy and money at home

Being energy efficient is the number one thing you can do to reduce your power bills and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Here are a few simple changes you can make to be more energy efficient at home:

Draughts

Draughts and air leakage can lead to between 15-25% of heat loss. Keep heat from escaping your home by:

  • Draught proofing gaps around external doors and windows with adhesive tapes or seals.
  • Furnishing windows with heavy curtains and pelmets, window films or, in a pinch, bubble wrap.

Heating and cooling

Many households find that heating and cooling is their biggest energy expense. Cut those costs while keeping warm or cool with these energy-saving tips:

  • Heat and cool with your home’s Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner. Isolate and close off to the areas you spend the most time in rather than heating and cooling the entire home
  • Set your Air Conditioner or heater to 18-20℃ in winter or 23-25℃ in summer.
  • Where possible, use fans with air conditioners (or better yet, instead of A/C) to circulate warm air in winter and cold air in summer
  • Prioritise personal heating with items like electric blankets or heated throw rugs rather than heating the entire room. Personal heating options only cost ~3c per hour to run

Hot water

  • For hot water systems, adjust the thermostat to 60 degrees for a storage and 50 for an instantaneous system
  • Take showers instead of baths
  • Take 4-6 minute showers by using a timer
  • Wash laundry in cold water

Electronics and appliances

Here are ways to reduce your appliance’s electricity consumption:

  • Use a laptop instead of a desktop computer.
  • Switch TVs and computers to an energy saving setting.
  • Turn off appliances and electronics at power point when not in use (except fridge)
  • Set your refrigerator to 3°- 4°, and your freezer to -15° to -18°. Check your fridge/freezer door seals are intact and replace if not.

Solar for Low Income Households

The NSW Government is trialling a new way to help people on low incomes reduce their electricity bills by installing free three kilowatt solar systems on their homes. The target audience for the trial is low income homeowners that hold a valid Pensioner Concession Card or Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card and are currently receiving the Low-Income Household Rebate.

The program aims to improve energy affordability by helping households unlock long-term savings on their electricity bills.

Participants will need to agree to no longer receive the $285 annual Low-Income Household Rebate on their electricity bill, however they should receive up to $600 in savings on their electricity bill per year from the new solar system. 

For more details about the program - including eligibility and how to apply - please refer to the program guide on the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website at energysaver.nsw.gov.au/solar-low-income-households.