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Solar power systems on your rooftop use renewable energy from the sun to create electricity. They reduce the amount of electricity you need from the grid and excess electricity can be directed back into the grid, or stored in a battery for later use. Solar has a number of environmental and economic benefits, including:
To find out more on how solar works, installing and grants available
visit the NSW Government Energy Saver website.
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
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
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 and air leakage can lead to between 15-25% of heat loss. Keep heat from escaping your home by:
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:
For hot water systems, adjust the thermostat to 60 degrees for a storage and 50 for an instantaneous system
Here are ways to reduce your appliance’s electricity consumption:
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. To be eligible you must be a 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.
Solar is a great way to reduce your environmental footprint and you can save up to $600 a year on your household electricity bills. That’s up to twice as much as the Low Income Household Rebate of $285 a year.
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.