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Cutting Electricity Costs in Winter

Winter can be an expensive time, especially in the colder areas of Australia, but this doesn’t mean that you have to spend a fortune to stay warm. Many of us will get bigger bills, but we can all do something to reduce the escalation, even if we’re plugging in the electric blankets and turning up…

baby taking a shower

Is It Safe to Shower in a Storm?

Queensland was battered by severe thunderstorms back in February this year, but one young Brisbane resident found it a particularly shocking experience because one of the 265,000-plus lightning strikes got him – while he took a shower. Thankfully, the lad survivedand was later released from hospital, albeit with a rather sore leg. This incident has…

Could Solar Panels Boost Your Superannuation?

Your superannuation gives you an income once you’re retired and as we’re lucky enough in Australia to have the world’s fourth largest pension system, it’s not something to be ignored. Your super has to offer reliable returns for your entire retirement period, so you have to invest in an industry that’s sustainable in the long-term…

Upgrade Your Whitegoods to Save Even More

A new Palaszczuk government appliance rebate has started this year to help Queenslanders to save anything up to $300 a year by upgrading their old, inefficient domestic appliances. The climate in Queensland means that domestic appliances like air conditioners, fridges, freezers and washing machines can account for half of the household’s electricity usage. Not earning…

Adelaide’s Produce Market to Get a Microgrid

The soon-to-be revamped South Australian Produce Market is also soon to be powered by the sun, according to a government announcement at the start of February. The facility will benefit from a massive solar and storage battery hybrid that will save the stallholders more than $500,000 a year in electricity costs. The South Australia government…

How Do Solar Panels Affect the Environment?

Often hailed as the answer to our clean energy prayers, we seldom stop to think about how solar power might affect the environment. Solar power isn’t entirely without its environmental challenges, so we need to admit to them and then rise to the task of overcoming them if we’re to achieve a genuinely clean future.…

What do KW and KWh Actually Mean?

These are terms that fox most non-electrical people when it comes to understanding solar power and a good way to tell that someone really doesn’t understand what they’re talking about is if they use the term “kilowatt/hour”. All will be revealed, however… Let’s start at the beginning, with the difference between a kW and a…

Accord Goes Full-Tesla

One of the things about the solar revolution is that there are lots of different innovations, developments and companies out there, all doing their thing. We’re particularly fond of Tesla here, though, as we admire its out-there approach to technology, as well as its can-do approach to the energy challenges we face in the next…