The Smart Energy Council receives regular enquiries and has curated this list of useful information and links on:
- Energy Saving
- The 10 things to remember when considering Solar and Storage
- Upgrading your solar or battery system
The cheapest energy is the energy you don’t have to buy! So make sure you have:
Fully insulated roof and walls, and if possible insulated floor too.
Replace all your lights with LEDs, get rid of all downlights if you can. Use LEDs if you can’t.
Run your Air conditioner at 25 not 22 in summer and at 20 in winter.
Heat pumps are a very efficient way of cooling and heating and for hot water too – and match PV and battery systems well.
- There is plenty of advice on energy saving in your home from http://www.yourhome.gov.au
- For energy savings rebates by State then visit http://yourenergysavings.gov.au/rebates
NSW - https://www.ess.nsw.gov.au/Home - The Energy Savings Scheme reduces energy consumption in NSW by creating financial incentives to invest in energy savings activities.
QLD - Business - https://www.business.qld.gov.au/running-business/energy-business/energy-saving/other-programs - The Queensland Government has programs designed to help businesses save energy and adopt energy-efficient practices.
QLD - Consumers - https://www.qld.gov.au/community/cost-of-living-support/about-energy-efficient-rebate - To help Queensland households improve their energy efficiency, $20 million has been committed for rebates on approved energy efficient appliances under the Affordable Energy Plan.
SA - http://www.escosa.sa.gov.au/industry/rees/overview - The Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) is a South Australian Government energy efficiency scheme that provides incentives for South Australian households and businesses to save energy. It does this through establishing energy efficiency and audit targets to be met by electricity and gas retailers.
- Find out what type and size of battery will best suit your household needs.
- Get several quotes before you buy.
- Choose a good quality battery and a reputable installer.
- Check the licence details of any electrical contractor involved in the installation.
- Read through and understand the battery manufacturer's technical and safety information, including installation location/requirements.
- If you already have solar on your roof, ask if you need your current inverter replaced or a second inverter installed to retrofit the battery to your system.
- Find out what the costs are for a maintenance plan. You should also know the expected life of the battery and disposal costs.
- Contact your home and contents insurance provider to make sure you have adequate cover.
- Connecting your battery to the electricity grid may require approval.
- Check with your installer and/or electricity distributor before agreeing to buy a battery system.
You need to ask some questions and be guided by your Smart Energy Council member when you are looking at upgrading your solar PV or a battery system.
- Do you have an existing PV system?
- Do you have a premium feed-in tariff?
- If so, check what the rules are for expanding your PV system or adding batteries - they are not simple and they vary by state.
- This is really important as you can lose access to very generous feed-in tariff payments over many years if you make the wrong decision when upgrading, adding panels, adding a battery or even replacing an inverter.
- You need to check what impact any changes you make might have on the tariffs you pay for your grid use electricity too – your local PV seller can help with this advice.
Alternatively, the SolarQuotes website has great reference information for every state. https://www.solarquotes.com.au/solar101.html
For system upgrades see: https://www.solarquotes.com.au/systems/upgrade/
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